January 29, 2008

Yale to Host Giegengack Invitational Friday

Jan. 29, 2008

NEW HAVEN, CONN. - The Yale women's track and field team will compete at the Giegengack Invitational, hosted by Yale, at Coxe Cage on Friday, February 1st for the first of a two day competition that brings together some of the best teams in the east.

The meet is named after legendary Yale track and field coach Robert Giegengack. During "Gieg"'s 29 year tenure, the Bulldogs tallied four IC4A titles and an astounding 17 Heptagonal titles. Giegengack led the United States track team at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo and 1969 Maccabiah Games as well as serving for many years as the chairman of the men's track and field committee of the United States Olympic Committee.

The competition that the Giegengack Invitational has brought to Coxe Cage is fitting considering the meet's namesake. The Bulldogs have tested themselves against the likes of Georgetown, University of Connecticut, Brown, Penn, Boston College and La Salle, and last year alone saw 62 ECAC qualifying performances; this year's edition of the Giegengack should be no less exciting than years prior.

"At the Giegengack, we want to simulate a Heps situation," said associate head coach David Shoehalter. "The meet doesn't have an overwhelming number of teams competing, and the competition itself is very talented, much like what we will face in March," Shoehalter continued. "Having events over two days will force athletes to prepare themselves similarly to what will be expected of them at Heps."

Thus far, the Bulldogs have qualified two relays (the 4x400 meter and 4x800 meter) and three individuals (senior Lindsay Donaldson in the mile, sophomore Stephanie Pearl in the 3,000-meter, and sophomore Claudia Duncan in the 500-meter) for ECAC competition.

Field events will begin Friday evening with the women's high jump at 6:00, and running events with the women's 5,000-meter at 6:15. Field events will begin Saturday at 9:30 AM with the shot-put, running events will begin at 12:30 with the men's 60-meter hurdle preliminary heats.

report by Ted Galligan '10, Yale Sports Publicity