Grace First in Mile Run
BOSTON, Mass. - On a cold, dark Friday night, the Yale women's track and field team traveled north to compete at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games. Northeastern University hosted the meet at the Reggie Lewis Center, which will be the site of the ECAC Championships in March. The Bulldogs finished sixth of the 17 competing schools.
The Huskies won their home meet with 135.25 points. Other competitors during the evening included UMass Amherst, South Florida, Williams and Central Connecticut. The meet did not begin until 5 p.m., and the runners didn't leave the building until nearly 10:30 p.m.
Despite the late night, All-American junior Kate Grace won the mile run in 4:56.34. Grace won the 1,000-meter run at the Columbia-Dartmouth-Yale Tri-Meet, and she is running longer distances every week. Her time this week qualifies her again for the ECACs.
Not far behind Grace was freshman Nihal Kayali, who ran 5:01.12 for fifth place in the mile run. In Boston this week Kayali was just .4 seconds faster, proving her consistency but also her potential on the track.
Other highlights for Yale included freshman Adele Jackson-Gibson's second-place finish in the 55-meter dash. Jackson-Gibson finished in 7.24, right behind the Northeastern winner. Later in the evening Jackson-Gibson went on to finish fifth in the 200-meter dash in 25.96.
Freshman Allison Rue was sixth in the 400-meter dash in 59.77. Another freshman, Caitlin Hudson, scored for Yale when she finished eighth in the 800-meter run in 2:19.58.
A "catastrophe" struck the team during the 800-meter, as Mark Young '68, the Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, said. Senior Claudia Duncan and freshman Annalies Gamble, who were first and third, respectively, in the 500-dash run last weekend, were on track for a similar performance when Gamble tripped, and Duncan, who was running behind her, fell over her. It was a tragic moment for the team.
Field events gained some more points for Yale: junior Emily Standish was fifth in the high jump (1.57m), with junior Eve King behind her in seventh place (1.52m). Freshman Jenna Poggi was sixth in the pole vault, with a height of nearly 11 feet (3.35m). Senior Bailey Carroll tied for seventh place in the event at 3.05m.
Overall, "many people ran better today than they did last week," said Coach Young. "A lot of people had significant improvements, and other than how late we got out of there, most people left happy with their performances."
The Bulldogs will host the Giegengack Invitational Feb. 5 and 6 at Coxe Cage. Many Big East schools will be there, and there will be many exciting events to watch.
Report by Kyle Eichner '12, Yale Sports Publicity