February 15, 2008

Yale to Compete Against Harvard and Princeton in Annual Tri-Meet

Feb. 15, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's track and field team will compete at the annual Harvard vs. Yale vs. Princeton "HYP" tri-meet on Saturday, February 16 at Coxe Cage. This is the last indoor competition of the regular season, as both meets after it, the Heptagonal and ECAC championships; compose the "post-season" of the indoor track season.

Although HYP is not a championship in the traditional sense, it is certainly a meet of significance every year for Bulldog, Tiger, and Crimson athletes alike.

The Bulldogs last won HYP during the 2005-06 campaign, with a dramatic one-point victory over Princeton. Last year, the Bulldogs were defeated by both Princeton and Harvard (Princeton, 66.5, Harvard, 53 and Yale, 39.5).

The combined threats of Princeton and Harvard will be tough obstacles for the Bulldogs to overcome. The Tigers bring the full force of their nationally-ranked cross country team (which finished 14th at NCAA cross country nationals despite having their top runner feint during the race) to bear, lead by sophomore standout Liz Costello (who is currently ranked first in the Ivy League in the 1,000-meter run and second in the 800-meter run). In addition, Princeton sports a sprint squad headed by junior Agatha Offorjebe (ranked first in the Ivy League at 400-meters). The two forces have combined to qualify provisionally for the NCAA indoor track and field championships in the distance medley relay.

The Crimson, while not as strong in the distances as Princeton, has many weapons at their disposal. Among them, multi-event star Shannon Flahive (ranked first in the indoor pentathlon and 60-meter hurdles) and All-American high jumper Becky Christensen (number one in the high jump). Sprinter Danielle Mirabal and jumper Brittan Smith round out a very capable Harvard team.

The Bulldogs will rely on the best each discipline has to offer. Senior Lindsay Donaldson will be expected to stretch her talents across as many events as possible in an effort to optimize points, along with senior Olakitan Awolesi in the jumps, sophomore Claudia Duncan and senior Mary Kuder in the sprints and middle distance talents Kathryn Schleckser, Stephany Reaves and Meredith Leenhouts. The relay teams (4x400 and 4x800), which have been strong for Yale all season, will be critical in this meet.

Field events will begin at 10:30 with the men's weight throw. Track events will begin at 1:30 with the men's 60-meter hurdle trials. First place will score five points, second will score three, third will score two and fourth will score one. In relays, only the first and second place teams score, scoring five and three points respectively.

A full schedule is available here: http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/yale/sports/m-track/auto_pdf/2008hyp.pdf

report by Ted Galligan '10, Yale Sports Publicity

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