Yale to Host Columbia, Dartmouth at Annual Tri-Meet Sunday

Jennifer Lin.
Jennifer Lin.

Jan. 17, 2009

NEW HAVEN, CONN. - The Yale women's track and field team will compete against the Lions of Columbia and Big Green of Dartmouth at the annual Columbia-Yale-Dartmouth tri-meet on Sunday, Jan. 18, hosted this year at Coxe Cage. The competition should prove to be an exciting one, as last year's edition was marked by a one-point loss to Dartmouth at the conclusion of the final event.

Dartmouth will, once again, be the team to beat at this event. The field-heavy Big Green suffered few losses to graduation this past year, and will return headliners Emily Daly (2008 Heptagonal champion, hammer throw) and Natalie Todd-Zebell (2008 Heptagonal runner-up, pole vault) to lead Sarah Klassen (high jump), Alyson Pickett (high jump), Christina Alexander (throws) and Anna Niedbala (throws), amongst others. Also, watch for contributions from Natalie Stoll and Alexandra Tanner, Heptagonal scorers in the 400-meter dash and 400-meter hurdles, respectively.

Columbia, while losing a large portion of its sprint core (long sprinters Osmuede Iyoha, Erika Moses and Whitney Crayton) and its premiere distance runner in Carmen Ballard, will still field a strong sprint team. 100-meter Heptagonal champion Melissa Ikono, Heptagonal scorer Marissa Smith (400h) and 800-meter specialist Serita Lachesis are just a few of the Lion's "big guns".

The Bulldogs will need strong efforts from all event sets to withstand Columbia's sprint-strong team as well as Dartmouth's field-oriented squad. A big day from the distance team, which until this point has laid low after a lengthy cross country season, could be particularly lucrative, as the distances, based on other team's strengths, will be the least contested events. At this meet last year, the Bulldogs took 29 points across the distances, more than half of the 49 that were available. The distances also represented over 40 percent of the team's total output at the meet.

The tri-meet is unique in Ivy League competition in that, unlike the indoor Heptagonal championship, the 500-meter run will be a contested event, while the 5,000-meter run will not. The switch could be particularly helpful for Claudia Duncan, Yale's 500-meter school record holder.

Watch for senior captain Jennifer Lin and multi-event competitor Eve King to participate in many events to further the Bulldog cause, as well as freshman sprinter Alexa Monte to lend a much needed hand at the 60 and 200-meter distances.

The meet will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the men's weight throw. The first running event of the day is the men's 60-meter hurdle heats at 12:30 p.m. For more meet information, follow the link below.


report by Ted Galligan '10, Yale Sports Publicity