NEW HAVEN, Conn. - This weekend the Yale women's track and field team competed in three different meets around the country. A select group of sprinters accompanied by thrower Emma Vasen and pole vaulter Erin Gerardo traveled to the War Eagle Invitational in Auburn, Ala., while distance runners Samantha Friborg and Andrea Masterson ran at the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville, Va., and a remaining group of Bulldogs stayed in New Haven to compete in Yale's own Mark T. Young Invitational.
On Friday Vasen, the school record holder in the shotput, recorded a solid throw of 14.25 meters in the shotput and 41.36 meters in the discuss. While both throws were just shy of her personal bests,Vasen still landed herself a fifth-place finish in the discus throw. Meanwhile, Gerardo finished in 10th place in the pole vault with a jump of 3.50 meters in her outdoor debut.
In the running events at Auburn, Emma Osborne competed in the 400 meters placing 21st with a time of 58.60 seconds while Lillian Enes ran in the 100 and 200 meter dash. In the 100 meters, Enes crossed the line in 12.19 seconds, just missing her personal best of 12.17 seconds but still recording a season's best for 2019. The final solo event of the day was a highlight for the Bulldogs as sophomore Addison Coy won the 400 meter hurdles in 60.32 seconds, beating the second-place finisher by over half of a second. To end the competition, the Eli 4x400 meter relay squad consisting of Coy, Enes, Osborne and Aliya Boshnak placed fourth in a blazing time of 3:45.53. This time now puts Yale's relay team third all-time for Yale.
In Virginia, first-year Friborg set the pace for the women's 800 meter Invite from the gun. Leading through the first lap, Friborg split a 61.31 before ultimately finishing third in her heat with a new collegiate best of 2:07.83. Friborg placed fourth overall in the event and now sits as Yale's all-time fifth-fastest 800 meter runner outdoors. Masterson competed in the 5,000 meters running 16:20.63 and landing herself in fifth place on the Yale all-time list in the event.
Back at home, the Bulldogs dominated the Mark Young Invite. Yale finished first, fourth and fifth in the 100 meter dash, led by first-year Sophie Isom who ran 12.82 seconds. Ava Thomas, Isom and Libby McMahon swept the 200 meter dash finishing in 25.77 seconds, 26.02 seconds and 26.40 seconds respectively. Elizabeth Adelson and Olivia Mooney tied for first place in the high jump, both clearing 1.60 meters, and Alladia Patterson won the discus after also competing in the shotput earlier in the competition.
After this weekend's successful competitions, the Elis will next head to the Penn Relays on Thursday.