January 21, 2010

Yale to Compete in Annual Ivy Tri-meet

At Dartmouth with Columbia

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's track and field team will compete against Ivy League rivals Columbia and Dartmouth this weekend at the annual Columbia-Yale-Dartmouth tri-meet. Dartmouth will be hosting the event this year in Hanover, N.H.

This will be the Bulldogs' first meet of the season away from home, and their first chance to compete against other Ivy League schools.

Last year Yale hosted the event at Coxe Cage, and the Bulldogs won the meet with 68.5 points to Dartmouth's 63.5 and Columbia's 49. Exciting performances at the meet included senior Stephany Reaves' win in the 800-meter run (2:16.97) and junior All-American Kate Grace's win in the 1,000-meter run (2:54.55). Sophomore Alexa Monti won both the 60- (7.79) and the 200-meter dashes (26.18) in personal bests. Yale also won the 4x400 meter relay in 3:55.51.

All of these competitors should be back again this weekend to compete. Yale has been doing particularly well in the 4x400 meter relay this season, because the Bulldogs display great depth in middle-distance (the Bulldogs have fielded at least two teams in the event at their past two meets). Recent competitors in this distance include senior Claudia Duncan (who holds the school record in the 500-meter dash), senior captain Faith Briggs and freshmen Allison Rue and Annalies Gamble.

Yale did well in the distance medley relay at its last meet as well, and the 4x800-meter relay team has much potential.

Senior Alexandra Cadicamo won the 3,000-meter run at the Intercollegiate Classic, and senior Stephanie Pearl also ran a good race.

Monti should perform well in the dashes again, as should freshman Adele Jackson-Gibson and sophomore Marieme Mbaye.

In the field events, junior Rachel Kuschner has performed consistently in the weight throw and the shot put. Juniors Eve King and Emily Standish should compete in the jumps (as should Jackson-Gibson).

This will be Yale's first chance to see how the Lions and the Big Green are doing this season, and it should be an interesting meet. Events will begin at noon. Results will be posted on YaleBulldogs.com after the meet.

Report by Kyle Eichner '12, Yale Sports Publicity