March 29, 2008

Yale Heads Across Town for Owl Invitational

March 28, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's track and field team will compete March 29th at the Owl Invitational on Jess Dow Field, hosted by cross-town rival Southern Connecticut State University.

While the conditions will not be what they were in Southern California last week, the coaching staff expects the same competitive effort from the Bulldogs.

"The weather isn't supposed to be great, but that isn't an excuse to not compete." said associate head coach David Shoehalter, "This could potentially be an ever better mental workout given the circumstances."

Select Bulldogs will compete at the Owl Invitational. Given the very high training loads of the last two weeks, athletes run an ever greater risk of injury in the cold conditions (the forecast predicts a chilly 42 degrees. However, those that do compete will receive the benefits of competing against strong competition in less-than-perfect conditions.

That competition takes the form of the Southern Connecticut women's track and field team. A little known track power, the owls have dominated the Northeast-10 conference both indoor and outdoor on both the men's and women's sides. Southern Connecticut regularly sends athletes to the NCAA Division 2 track and field championships as well.

The first running event for the women is the 3,000-meter steeplechase, scheduled to start at 11:15, following the men's race. The first field event is the hammer throw, which will begin with the women at 10:00. The meet will run as far ahead of time as it can, so events later in the day are highly subject to the speed with which the meet progresses.

report by Ted Galligan '10, Yale Sports Publicity

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