Grace Qualifies for 800-meter Finals
HANOVER, N.H. - The first day of the Heptagonal Championships were held at Dartmouth on Saturday. The day included a few field events and many qualifying heats to reach Sunday's final events. Junior Eve King made a great comeback in the pentathlon to earn two points for Yale with her fifth-place finish.
The pentathlon is a difficult competition, and King rarely gets the chance to compete in it. Athletes must compete in the 60-meter hurdles, the high jump, the shot put, the long jump and the 800-meter run. After the hurdles King was eighth out of the ten competitors, having finished in 9.76 to earn 758 points. King regularly competes in the high jump, and she tied for the seventh-highest at 1.53m (earning her 655 points). In the shot put, King did well, earning 503 points for her sixth-place finish with a throw of 9.59m. Next was the long jump, in which King finished eighth (4.93m; 540 points). King finished with a great 800-meter run, finishing in 2:27.21 for fourth place in that event, but which pulled her overall standing all the way up from 10th place to fifth. She finished with 3184 points (the Dartmouth winner earned 3431). It was a great day for King, and was her best finish in the pentathlon.
Junior Kate Grace qualified for the finals in the 800-meter run by winning her heat in 2:12.33. This is not Grace's fastest, but it was good enough to easily qualify her, and leave some energy for the finals on Sunday. She had the fourth-fastest time in the preliminary round; the fastest was Columbia's Kim Standridge in 2:11.31. Thirteen women qualified for the finals.
Senior Claudia Duncan barely missed qualifying for the 400-meter dash again. Those who qualified for the finals were the eight fastest runners, not the winners from each heat. Duncan won her heat in 57.31, but she was not faster than runners in the other heats. The slowest qualifying time was 57.03; the fastest was 54.46, which is the fastest heat time ever run at indoor Heps.
The Bulldogs competing in the 60-meter dash stuck together for some of their best individual performances of the season. In their heat, sophomore Marieme Mbaye was fifth in 7.86, freshman Adele Jackson-Gibson was sixth in 7.87, and sophomore Alexa Monti was seventh in 7.96. Only four runners qualified for the finals, and unfortunately none of them were Bulldogs.
Mbaye also competed in the 200-meter dash, earning 14th place with her 26.76 finish, while sophomore Emily Shulan was 12th in 26.42.
Freshmen Jenna Poggi and Dakota McCoy competed in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing in 9.32 and 9.54 respectively. Only three runners qualified for the finals.
In the long jump, Jackson-Gibson jumped 5.42m (17'9.5") to earn tenth place. The winner was Melissa Hewitt of Columbia with a 6.12m (20'1") jump. Poggi and senior Bailey Carroll posted "no height" results in the pole vault.
Final events will begin at noon. Highlights for the Bulldogs on Sunday will be Grace's race in the 800-meter run to defend her All-Ivy title and the 4x400-meter relay. A complete schedule of events can be found at HepsTrack.com. Live results will be posted at LancerTiming.com.
Report by Kyle Eichner '12, Yale Sports Publicity