June 1, 2006
Lindsay Donaldson (Lincoln, MA - 5,000-Meter Run), Molly Lederman (Newton, MA - Pole Vault) and Joslyn Woodard (Irvine, CA - Long Jump) have all earned the right to compete at the 2006 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championship, held in Sacramento at the A.G. Spanos Sports Complex. The top five finishers in each individual event at the NCAA East Regional Track Meet are given an automatic bid, while others still have a chance for the at large bid, depending on their best mark for the season.
Donaldson finished seventh at regionals in the 5,000-meter run and received an at large bid for her time of 16:16.52, which currently puts her at 24th out of 137 declared competitors. Woodard also received an at large bid for her distance of 6.36 meters in the long jump, putting her at 29th out of 125. Lederman was the only one to receive an automatic bid when she placed fourth in the pole vault with a height of 4.06 meters, which is 29th out of 113.
The sophomore of the group, Donaldson is already a four time All-American, most recently placing seventh in the mile at the NCAAs indoors. Last year, she was sixth in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAAs outdoors and will be looking to surpass that next week. She currently holds Yale's third fastest time in the 5,000-meter run behind the O'Neill twins, Kate and Laura
Lederman has had a stellar career as Yale's top pole-vaulter for the last four years. Holding the record both indoors (4.10 meters) and outdoors (4.06 meters), she hopes to cap her Yale career by becoming an All-American next week.
Fellow senior Woodard is the most decorated female track athlete in the history of the Ivy League with 20 Heps titles. Most recently she won the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and long jump at Heps, breaking personal and school records in the 200 and long jump, as well as helping the 4x100-meter relay team break the school record and take second. She has always been the backbone of the team, often accounting for a third of the team's points. At Heps, she helped score 39 of the team's 91 points and was voted the meet's Most Outstanding Performer.
Competition will begin next Wednesday.
Report by Victor Cheng '08, Yale Sports Publicity