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Grace Leads Team with Wins in 800, Mile at HYP Meet

Kate Grace.
Kate Grace.

Yale Falls to Harvard, Princeton

Complete Results

PRINCETON, N.J. - The Yale track and field team competed against Princeton and Harvard at the annual tri-meet on Saturday, running hard and posting some season bests. Home team Princeton, with their extremely deep talent, won the meet with 90.50 points, Harvard came in second with 47.50 points, and Yale placed third with 21 points. This was the team's last meet  before entering the championship season.

Nearly half of Yale's points were scored by junior Kate Grace, who won both the mile run and the 800-meter run on Saturday. This is especially impressive in the face of Princeton's impressively deep long-distance talent: Princeton won 2009 Cross Country Heps Championships with a perfect score, and also won the 2009 outdoor track and field Heps. Grace won the mile in 4:54.61 - the best that she has run this season - and was a full second ahead of the second-place Princeton runner. In the 800-meter run, Grace also finished right before a Princetonian; Grace in 2:14.95 and the second-place woman in 2:15.22. Grace had a solid day overall, and was able to get a gauge of her rivals at Heps.

Freshman Annalies Gamble came in third in the 800-meter run in 2:16.31, which is by far the best that she has run this season in an open run, and she beat quite a lot of women to get there.

Senior Claudia Duncan also had a busy day; she competed in both the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash. In the 200-meter, Duncan finished second in 25.85 in a tight field. Close behind her were teammates freshman Adele Jackson-Gibson, who was fifth overall and won her heat in 26.28, and sophomore Marieme Mbaye, who was sixth and won her heat in 26.34. In the 400-meter dash Duncan finished third in 57.45; it's the only time she has run the open event this year, though she has been a central part of many relays.

Another senior who has been running very well is Alexandra Cadicamo, who ran another personal record in the 3,000-meter run today for fourth place. She finished in 9:48.52, fully four seconds faster than last week, which was the first time she had broken 10:00 in the event. She should continue to do well in the championship season.

Junior Emily Standish had a good day in the high jump, clearing 1.65m, which is the best she has jumped since freshman year. She's been improving steadily this season, up from 1.60m last week. In other field events, freshman Jenna Poggi posted her best pole vault score of the season (3.45m).

Overall, the day included several promising finishes for the team, leaving hopes of further improvement in the next competition. The Heptagonal Championships will take place in two weeks (Feb. 27 and 28) at Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H.

Report by Kyle Eichner '12, Yale Sports Publicity