NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Saturday marks one of the most exciting weekends of competition for the Yale women's track and field team: the Harvard-Yale dual meet. Yale will host Harvard for the competition, with the action starting at noon at the Dewitt Cuyler Athletic Complex.
Annually, the Harvard-Yale meet is one of the most anticipated events of the season as the most historic rivalry goes head-to-head. The field of competition is generally small but stacked with fierce competition.
This year, more is on the line than just pride as it serves as a qualifier for the Harvard-Yale versus Oxford-Cambridge competition to take place at the end of June. This competition only takes place every other year, with the Harvard-Yale team only traveling across the pond once every four years to take on Oxford and Cambridge together.
With the high stakes of the competition paired with a home facility advantage, the Bulldogs are looking to build off the solid performances from the past weekend.
First year Emma Vasen will be an essential athlete for the throws this weekend. At the Sam Howell Invitational last weekend, she broke the school record in the shot put. Her throw of 14.69-meters also places her at second in the Ivy League in the early season.
A number of Bulldogs will be looking to build off successful season openers. Sprinter Lillian Enes, who had her best season yet during the indoor track season, will look to build off this momentum going head-to-head against Harvard. Addison Coy will also be an athlete to watch for the Bulldogs in the 400-meter hurdles.
Sophomore Kayley DeLay recently cut nearly 30 seconds off her best time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase during her season opener, which landed her fifth in the Ivy League in the event. She will take to the track in this event on Saturday for the second time this season.
In the middle-distance events, the first-year duo of Jocelyn Chau and Samantha Friborg will be looking to record top performances in their first ever Harvard-Yale dual meet. In the longer distances, having earlier recorded new lifetime bests in the 10,000-meter run, Andrea Masterson and Jane Miller will take to the track to represent the Bulldogs in the longer events.
Saturday promises a full afternoon of exciting events, starting with the men's hammer throw at noon and concluding with the men's 4x400-meter relay at 4:10 p.m. The Bulldogs have already recorded phenomenal performances, including school records, in the early season, and likely will be propelled even further by the intra-Ivy rivalry of the weekend.
Preview by Yale Sports Publicity.