Feb. 25, 2005
The 2005 Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track and Field Championship will take place this Saturday and Sunday, February 26 - 27 at Harvard's Gordon Indoor Track. The Yale women's track and field team, with a formidable number of returning individual Heptagonal champions and new talent, stands a great chance to surpass its fifth- place finish at last year's Heps.
The 60m dash will feature returning 2004 champion, sophomore Katrina Castille, and 2003 winner, junior Joslyn Woodard. Both women will strive to continue the Eli winning streak in this event. Woodard, ranked number one in the 200m, is also favored to turn out a strong performance in this event, which she won as a freshman.
In the middle distances, Vanessa Mazandi looks to surpass her No. 3 ranking in the 800m to achieve a Bulldog victory. First- team All-Ivy freshman Lindsay Donaldson ranks No. 2 and No. 3 in the one-mile and 3,000m events, respectively, and will strive to earn the Elis points in those distances.
The women's relay teams will be strong competitors in the 4 x 800 relay and the distance medley, ranking just behind No. 1 ranked Cornell in these events.
In the field events, defending champion Molly Lederman is favored not only to defend her title in the pole vault, but also to set a new Heptagonal record in the event based upon her pre-Hep height of 13 feet 3.75 inches- more than 5 inches above the current record.
In the long jump, returning champion Woodard will attempt to make Heptagonal history by becoming the second female athlete to ever win the event three times. Juniors Dionna Thomas and Margo Angelopoulos could both earn the Bulldogs points in their respective events, the triple jump and the shot put.
Ivyleaguesports.com will be providing up-to-the-minute coverage of the Heptagonals throughout the weekend.