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Mathews, Cureton Excel at Springtime Invitational

Mackenzie Mathews. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Mackenzie Mathews. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Hosts Final Home Meet of the Year

NEW HAVEN, Conn.-This Sunday, Yale hosted the Springtime Invitational at Cuyler Athletic Complex and Dwyer Track. After a small portion of the team competed at Penn Relays earlier in the week, the meet was a chance for the rest of the Bulldogs to get one last race in before the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships next weekend.

Competing in the 100-meter dash, freshman Sydney Cureton landed the seventh spot on Yale's top-10 list. Her finish of 12.19 secured her third place at the meet and is the best she has run thus far into the season. She led two teammates in the race, junior Kelsey Lin -- who claimed her own personal record at 12.51 -- and senior Adele Jackson-Gibson, who finished in 12.89 seconds. 

Sophomore Emily Cable, usually a competitor in the 400-meter dash, took on the 200-meter dash Sunday to finish in sixth place at 25.40. Meanwhile, junior Jenna Hessert placed 11th in the 400-meter dash with her new season best time of 1:01.03. Freshman Grace Brittan finished the race in 1:01.19. 

In the 800-meter run, sophomore Elle Brunsdale finished in 2:21.37 to take fifth place out of a field of 37. Senior Tori Flannery was right behind her in sixth place, claiming a finish of 2:21.42, while sophomore Alyssa Laguardia posted a time of 2:34.34.

Four Bulldogs competed in the 3,000-meter run. Senior Jennifer Donnelly nabbed fourth place and a personal best with her time of 10:09.72. She led her teammates by a narrow margin, as sophomores Anna Demaree (10.12.99) and Hannah Alpert (10:14.74) finished in fifth and sixth places, respectively. Senior Phoebe Gaston also competed, finishing in 11:16.27.

Another four members of women's track and field took their positions at the start of the 100-meter hurdles. Leading the group was freshman Mackenzie Mathews. She overcame her field of 18 to win the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.54. Also competing in the 100-meter hurdles were junior Amanda Snajder, taking fifth place at 15.25, and senior Dakota McCoy in sixth place (15.39). Meanwhile, Brunsdale raced in the event for the first time this year, finishing in 16.95. Senior Jenna Poggi competed as the only Bulldog in the 400-meter hurdles. Her time of 1:02.17 was just off her personal best. 

Though Yale had teams competing in both the 4x100-meter and 4x800-meter relays, the squad of the longer race stole the competition. The 4x800-meter team finished in 9:12.79, a time that will qualify Yale to compete in the ECAC Championship meet. The 4x100-meter relay team posted a time of 48.64.

In the jumping events, freshman Megan Toon was able to earn a personal best in the high jump. She placed third in the event with her mark of 1.61m. Two more Bulldogs placed high in the pole vault. Junior Emily Urciuoli (3.42m) was second in the event, while freshman Renee Vogel (3.27m) was third. Continuing the streak, junior Teresa Parent won her event, the long jump, with a distance of 5.32m, while Brunsdale made a mark of 4.99m. In the triple jump, junior Kristen Proe gave a leap of 10.55m, securing fourth place.

Two more impressive performances came in the javelin throw, where Toon placed sixth in her second event of the day. She posted a mark of 32.38m, while McCoy—also competing in her second event—placed seventh (31.48m). Junior Natalie Wedell competed in both the discus and hammer throws. She scored a new personal best in the discus with her heave of 31.08m, and finished the hammer throw with a mark of 31.20m. Finally, in the shot put, Snajder claimed a distance of 9.87m.

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity