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.
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