Bulldogs Seventh at Heptagonal Championship

May 12, 2008

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's track and field team finished competition at the Heptagonal Championship, hosted this year at the Dewitt-Cuyler complex in New Haven, in a tie for seventh place with Dartmouth with 47 points. Cornell won the meet with 165 points, easily defeating Princeton, who was unable to complete the "triple crown" (obtain all team titles: cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field), who scored 141 points.

The Bulldogs' effort was anchored by four second-place finishes, worth a total of 32 points, which accounted for nearly seventy percent of the Bulldogs total point output.

Freshman Kate Grace was second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:07.48. The starlet courageously battled her older rival, all-American senior Jesse Carlin from Penn, until the 650-meter point, where Carlin proved herself the stronger that day and pulled away, winning the 800 with a time of 2:05.67.

Freshman Emily Standish was second in the high jump with a season personal best of five feet, five and one half inches (1.67 meters). After defeating all other competitors, Standish found herself in a heads up-duel with, similar to teammate Grace, an all-American and many time Heptagonal champion, this time Harvard's Becky Christensen. Christensen went on to win the high jump after clearing five feet, ten and one-half inches (1.79 meters).

Senior Lindsay Donaldson tallied two second place finishes for the Bulldogs in the 5,000-meter and 3,000-meter runs with times of 16:41.32 and 9:42.14. Donaldson was outdone by Penn senior Stacy Kim in the 3,000 (Kim, after setting a Heptagonal Games record in the 1,500 and defeating Donaldson in the 3,000, was selected as the women's meet MVP by virtue of a vote amongst the coaches of all the Ivy League schools.) and Princeton freshman Ashley Higginson, in a race eerily similar to Donaldson's 5,000-meter race at the Penn Relays three weeks before, (Donaldson, after doing most of the "work" in the race by leading and setting the pace, was unable to hold off a late charge from Higginson, who drafted off Donaldson for 4,600 meters of the race) in the 5,000.

Other individual point contributors included senior captain Elizabeth Calle, who was fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:49.28, and freshman Eve King, who was sixth in the heptathlon with a final total of 4,283 points.

The relays contributed the remaining ten points of the Bulldogs' total. The 4x100-meter relay team of senior Catherine Bader, sophomore Courtney Miller, Grace and senior Mary Kuder was fifth in a time of 48.56. The 4x400-meter relay team of Kuder, junior Jennifer Lin, freshman Erika Mansson and freshman Jennifer Parker was also fifth with a time of 3:50.43. Finally, the 4x800-meter relay team of junior Kathryn Schleckser, Grace, sophomore Stephany Reaves and senior Meredith Leenhouts was third in a time of 9:00.50.

The Bulldogs that have qualified will compete next at the ECAC championships, hosted by Princeton, on May 16, 17 and 18.

report by Ted Galligan '10, Yale Sports Publicity