BOSTON - The Yale women's track and field team competed this evening at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational hosted by Boston University. The meet brings together one of the largest population of track and field athletes the team has seen thus far this season. The team performed well, with sophomore Lillian Enes, senior Dana Klein and junior Andrea Masterson having particularly strong performances in their respective events. These results come at just the right time as the team prepares for the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships in just two weeks.
Most notably, Enes came very close to matching the Yale women's record in the 200-meter dash, running a phenomenal time of 24.80s for an overall 14th place out of more than 200 athletes. This performance is just the latest in a string of strong performances where she's made deep improvements. This is especially impressive given that she was not in one of the top heats of the day, running in the 11th of 43 total heats. First year Emma Osborne also had a strong performance, crossing the line in 25.82s to win her heat and earn 54th overall. Meanwhile, sophomore Natasha Feshbach ran a new personal best time of 26.61s in the 200-meter run. Alongside first year Addison Coy, the four ran a 4x400-meter time of 3:51.22, winning their heat and earning eighth out of almost 50 relay squads.
The Bulldogs also performed well in the 3,000-meter run, where Klein and Masterson put together a pair of strong performances to earn the fourth- and fifth-fastest times in the Ivy League this season for the 3,000-meter run. Running in the first heat, Masterson clocked in at 9:27.93. In the following heat, Klein managed to top this time with an overall time of 9:27.14. Klein and Masterson finished 12th and 14th overall out of more than 140 athletes. First years Kayley DeLay and Sevanne Ghazarian both made their debuts in the 3,000-meter this evening, running 9:50 and 9:45, respectively. Numerous other athletes also earned personal bests in this event, like seniors Melissa Fairchild and Katherine Raphael, and sophomores Hannah Steffke and Rachel Suss.
On the field, the team basked in the success of first year Erin Gerardo's victory in the pole vault. She bested more than a dozen athletes by clearing a height of 3.66m (12-00). In the long jump, first year Tessa Malone jumped a distance of 5.20m (17-00.75). Junior Evelyn Roberts placed 13th out of almost 50 athletes in the weight throw with a toss of 15.57m (51-01).
The full results of this meet can be found in the live results page found above.
Up next for the Bulldogs is the Armory Invitational for a select number of athletes, followed by the Heptagonal Championships in two weeks
Recap by Ariel A. Sanchez '19, Yale Sports Publcity