Yale to Host Lidlifter Invitational

Alexa Monti.
Alexa Monti.

First Meet of the Indoor Track Season

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This Saturday Yale will host the Lidlifter Invitational at Coxe Cage. This is the Yale Season Opener, the first meet of the season. Albany,  Southern Connecticut, Manhattan College, University of New Haven, Quinnipiac, and Ivy League competitor Columbia are all expected to bring teams to compete.

The Lidlifter Invitational is often a trial of sorts for the team, to see how everyone can perform against competition after many months of training. Runners who were injured last season may be competing for their first time in nearly a year, and no one has competed indoors since last February or March.

Last year top performers at the meet included sophomore Alexa Monti, who won the 60-meter dash, and senior Claudia Duncan, who came in second in the 500-meter dash. Junior Eve King was third in the long jump and the high jump, and senior Bailey Carroll was second in the pole vault. The women’s 4x400-meter relay team won the event in 4:03.61.

All of those people should be performing well again this year, and there is plenty to look forward to from freshmen such as sprinter Adele Jackson-Gibson, hurdler Dakota McCoy, middle-distance runner Annalies Gamble, pole-vaulter Jenna Poggi. and throwers Emily Anderberg and Antonia Renker.

Coxe Cage was renovated in 2005 to include a banked Mondo track and a Mondo infield. The track is named after Frank Shorter ’69, the former Yale cross country captain and two-time Olympic medalist. More information about Yale’s indoor track and field facilities can be found here.

Throwing events will begin at 9:00 a.m., and running events will start at 11:15 a.m. and continue until 4:45 p.m. More information, including a more detailed schedule, can be found here. Fans can catch a bus from Payne Whitney Gymnasium to Coxe Cage every fifteen minutes.

Report by Kyle Eichner ’12, Yale Sports Publicity