Yale to Race on ECAC Track
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's track and field team will travel to Boston, Mass., this Friday to compete at the Boston Indoor Games. Northeastern hosts the meet at the Reggie Lewis Center, which will be the site of the ECACs at the end of the season. The scored meet will be a great opportunity to run against top-notch competitors and post fast times (hopefully some personal records and maybe some ECAC qualifying times).
The meet will be a great opportunity to try to take advantage of the fast track, and hopefully keep up some good performances. Last weekend saw the Bulldogs in Hanover, N.H., where they earned second place at the Columbia-Dartmouth-Yale Tri-meet.
Two upperclassmen qualified for the ECAC championships last weekend: senior Claudia Duncan qualified in the 500-meter dash in 1:15.34. All-American junior Kate Grace qualified in the 1,000-meter run (2:52.36). Other upperclassmen who have been doing well include sophomores Alexa Monti and Emily Shulan in the sprints and senior Alexandra Cadicamo in the 3,000-meter run.
Freshman Adele Jackson-Gibson should be someone to watch, as she continues to get her legs under her on the college track and perform very well. At the Tri-meet, Jackson-Gibson won the 60-meter dash in 7.96, and came in second in the long jump (5.44 m). Freshman Jenna Poggi has continued to improve in the pole vault, having joined Yale's All-Time Indoor Top 10 list in the event.
Another freshman to keep an eye on is Annalies Gamble, who ran well enough in the 500-meter dash last weekend (1:16.57) to earn her a spot on Yale's All-Time Indoor Top 10 list in the event. She is only .53 seconds shy of qualifying for the ECAC standards. Freshman Nihal Kayali, a leader during the cross country season, could do very well in long distances (she finished the mile run in 5:01.55 last week).
The Yale men will also be going to Boston, but to compete at the BU Terrier Invitational; the women decided to compete at Northeastern's meet this year due to a variety of factors, including the chance to run on the ECAC track.
Women's events will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday. Results will be posted on YaleBulldogs.com at the end of the meet.
Report by Kyle Eichner '12, Yale Sports Publicity