April 18, 2008

Bulldogs to Battle Crimson in New Haven

April 18, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's track and field team will compete against arch-rival Harvard at the Cuyler-Dwyer track and field complex in New Haven on Saturday in their last dual meet-style competition of the season. The meet marks the beginning of the "championship run" for the women, because after Harvard, there are only 3 meets (the Penn Relays on April 24th, the Yale Springtime Invitational on April 27th and the Heptagonal Championships held at Yale on May 10th).

The Bulldogs hope to rectify loses to the Crimson in cross country and indoor track suffered this season. If the Bulldogs are to beat Harvard, then an outdoor track competition held in Yale's own backyard is the best possible venue to do so. The Bulldogs stand to benefit greatly from events available in outdoor track and field without indoor equivalents (400-meter hurdles, 3,000-meter steeplechase, javelin, discus, hammer).

The Crimson continue to be a formidable foe for the Bulldogs. Harvard's sprint core of Brittan Smith, Favia Merritt and Danielle Mirabal, threats on their own in their respective events, also combine into three-quarters of the top-ranked Ivy League 4x100-meter relay. Shannon Flahive, second at the indoor Heptagonal pentathalon, is a multi-event contributor for Harvard. And of course there is the omnipresent power of All-American high-jumper Becky Christensen. Pole-vaulter Clara Blattler, short-hurdler Dara Wilson and long-hurdler Dina Emde round out a strong Harvard squad.

Field events begin on Saturday at 12:30 with the men's hammer throw, pole vault, long jump and the women's javelin throw. Track events begin at 1:00 with the women's 4x100-meter relay. Competition will end at 4:05 with the men's 4x400-meter relay. Five points are awarded for victories, three for second, and one for third. In relay events, points are only awarded for first place.

report by Ted Galligan '10, Yale Sports Publicity