May 15, 2005
Princeton, NJ - Helped by school record-setting performances by Erica Davis in the discus throw and Joslyn Woodard in the long jump, Yale finished ninth at the ECAC Championships this weekend with 33.75 points. The Bulldogs also got NCAA qualifying performances from Claire Hamilton in the steeplechase, Vanessa Mazandi in the 800m, and Katherine McKinstry in the 5000m.
On Friday night, a fifth-place finish from McKinstry in the 5000m run (16:51.82) and an eighth-place finish from Hamilton in the steeplechase (10:48.50) helped Yale to five points. McKinstry finished just over eight seconds behind the winner, Princeton's Meredith Lambert (16:43.07). Hamilton was just over 14 seconds behind William & Mary's Jackie Kosakowski (10:34.05).
Davis and Woodard's records came on Saturday. Davis placed fourth in the discus throw (46.29m), won by Rider's Jazmine Fenlator (47.51m), to earn five points for Yale. Woodard finished fourth in the long jump (6.24m), won by Rutgers' Shameka Marshall (6.57m), and also earned five points. On Sunday Woodard finished fourth in the 200m dash with a time of 24.23.
Molly Lederman tied with three others for seventh in the pole vault (3.55m), which Penn's Samantha Crook won (4.00m). The point values for seventh and eighth were divided up amongst the four winners, giving Yale .75 points.
Mazandi qualified for the NCAAs in the 800m run with a time of 2:07.81 in the trials. She went on to finish fifth in the finals (2:08.29) Sunday. That same day she was also part (with Vanessa Everding, Meredith Leenhouts and Ingrid Sproll) of Yale's third-place finish in the 4x800m relay final (9:00.54)
Pittsburgh (133 pts.) won the event.
The Bulldogs will compete at the NCAA Regionals May 27-28 at Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island in New York.
report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity