May 16, 2004

Woodard Sets 200m Mark on Final Day of ECACs

May 16, 2004

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West Haven, CT - Joslyn Woodard set the school record in the 200-meter dash and Yale finished seventh with 36 points at the ECAC Championships, which concluded Sunday afternoon at the Dewitt Cuyler Athletic Complex. Woodard's time of 24.06 placed her second behind Shernette Hyatt-Davis of St. John's.

Woodard was also part of Yale's third-place 4x100-meter relay team with Katrina Castille, Aisha Cort and Jessica Pall. The Bulldogs finished with a time of 46.61, just behind Rutgers (46.41). That was the fastest time recorded in the Ivy League this year, and was just shy of the school mark of 46.49 set last year. The Bulldogs also got a strong performance in the 4x800-meter relay, finishing fourth (8:48.67).

Individually, Cara Kiernan added a fifth-place finish in the 3,000-meter run (9:36.30) and two other Bulldogs finished 12th -- Dionna Thomas in the triple jump (11.53m) and Lisa Wygant in the high jump (1.68m, tied with three others).

Kiernan, Woodard and the two relay teams thus added to Yale's impressive All-East total from the meet, a list which also includes Molly Lederman (third in the pole vault at 3.85m Saturday), Anne Martin (third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 10:29.40 Friday) and Nadia Sawicki (eighth in the 10,000-meter run at 36:24.22 Friday).

Eight Bulldogs have qualified for the NCAA East Regional in Gainesville, Fla. on Memorial Day weekend, including Kiernan (5,000-meter run), Lederman (pole vault), Woodard (in both the 200 and the long jump), Wygant (high jump), Rebecca Dickens (800-meter run), Claire Hamilton (3,000-meter steeplechase), Anne Martin (3,000-meter steeplechase) and Vanessa Mazandi (800-meter run).

report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity Department