February 22, 2006

Bulldogs Gear Up for Heps

Feb. 22, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs aim to surpass last year's second-place finish behind Cornell this weekend at the annual Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track & Field Championship. Competition will take place February 25 and 26 at Dartmouth's Leverone Field House.

Yale has a number of athletes looking to make a mark this year both on the track and in the field:

60-meter Dash: Joslyn Woodard and Katrina Castille look to repeat last year's Heps performance in which they took first and second. Castille is currently ranked first in the league with a time of 7.70, while Woodard is fifth with a time of 7.73. This could be Woodard's third 60-meter dash title, or Castille's second.

200-meter Dash: Woodard is on track to win a third title in this event, as she is currently ranked first with a time of 24.68.

400-meter Dash: Katherine Dlesk has run 57.61 so far this season, and should improve upon her top-10 time at Heps.

800-meter Run: In a field dominated by juniors and seniors, Kristin Farley is one of two freshmen in the top 10. She has run 2:14.02 so far this season.

Mile Run: After winning the 3,000-meter run at last year's indoor and outdoor Heps, Lindsay Donaldson will also be running the mile this year. It should be a close race as she is currently ranked second with a time of 4:44.98, just behind Princeton's Cack Ferrell, who narrowly beat Donaldson at HYP with a time of 4:44.57.

3000-meter Run: Donaldson is looking to win for the second year in the row, having already run a time of 9:20.34, which is third in the league.

5000-meter Run: Katherine McKinstry's time of 16:53.78 puts her sixth in the league. She was sixth in this event at last year's outdoor Heps.

Pole Vault: Molly Lederman looks to win another title in the pole vault. She has already cleared 4.00 meters and leads the league by a large margin. Ashley Nolet is currently fifth in the league with a height of 3.60 meters, and is not far from second place. Princeton's Jessica Kloss is second with a jump of 3.70 meters.

Long Jump: Woodard looks to continue her dominance in the long jump. She is currently ranked second with a distance of 5.89 meters.

Triple Jump: Dionna Thomas and Olakitan Awolesi are ranked third and fourth in this event. Thomas placed fourth last year, and has jumped 11.97 meters this season. Awolesi has jumped 11.88 meters.

Shot Put: Fifth in this event last year, Margo Angelopoulos is currently sixth with a distance of 12.96 meters.

Weight Throw: Angelopoulos is also looking to score in the weight throw. She is currently ranked fifth with a toss of 15.37 meters.

Relays: The Bulldogs should score some points in both the 4x400 and 4x800-meter relays. Yale is fifth in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:52.18 and sixth in the 4x800-meter relay (9:29.88).

Pentathlon: Jennifer Lin will represent Yale in the pentathlon and is ranked fifth with a point total of 3086.

Ivyleaguesports.com will be providing up-to-the-minute coverage of the Heptagonals throughout the weekend.

Report filed by Victor Cheng '08, Yale Sports Publicity

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