Bulldogs Start Outdoor Season Off Strong at William and Mary
Wins 4x400-meter Relay
Williamsburg, VA. – The Bulldogs got off to a good start for the outdoor season at the Tribe Invitational at William and Mary on Saturday. They competed against five other teams from the area at the unscored invitational. Many of the Bulldogs, including the freshmen in their first outdoor meet, shined at the meet by taking the top spots and running PRs. Coach Mark Young, the Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, also said that the meet served as a training opportunity.
“We mixed people up and did a little experimenting,” Young said.
Even though she did not race in the fast meet, freshman Adele Jackson-Gibson kicked off her outdoor collegiate career with a win in the 100-meter dash (12.35 seconds). The Bulldogs dominated the 100-meter dash as a team with the sophomore trio of Marieme Mbaye, Alexa Monti and Emily Shulan taking third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Mbaye, Jackson-Gibson and Monti also teamed up with junior Kate Grace to take second in the 4x100-meter relay in 48.58 seconds, less than a second away from qualifying for ECACs. The Bulldogs' B team also did well, placing third.
After a strong indoor season, freshman Annelies Gamble won her first race of the year in the 800-meter run in 2:15.89, almost three seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Fellow freshman Tori Flannery also finished seventh in the event (2:25.10). Freshman Elizabeth Marvin also made a PR of 4:41.42 in the 1500-meter run, placing second, with freshman Caitlin Hudson placing seventh.
Senior Claudia Duncan had a successful day with second-place finishes and PRs in two events, the 200-meter dash (25.28) and the 400-meter dash (56.41). Grace, who specializes in the 800-meter run, also proved her speed and came in fourth (25.56) in the 200-meter dash and third in the 400-meter dash, running a PR of 57.68 seconds. Again, the Bulldogs took a string of spots in the 200-meter dash with Jackson-Gibson, senior Faith Briggs, Mbaye and Shulan following in sixth through ninth places. Freshman Allison Rue also came in sixth in the 400-meter dash.
In the 3,000-meter run, senior Stephanie Pearl was the first to finish, placing sixth (10:33.20), followed by junior Liya Assefa in eighth (10:38.11) and sophomore Jennifer Downing in ninth (10:40.25). Sophomore Anne Lovelace, the lone competitor for the Bulldogs in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, had to stop in the middle of the race to put her shoe back on after getting stepped on by the only other runner, but Lovelace still managed to finish the race in 11:53.73. Junior Emily Standish was also the Bulldogs’ only contender in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing sixth.
On the field, Standish placed fourth in the high jump (1.55m), while senior Bailey Carroll also placed fourth in the pole vault (3.25m). Junior Eve King finished sixth in the long jump (4.98m). The duo of freshman Antonia Renker and junior Rachel Kuschner went 12-13 in the discus and 7-9 in the hammer throw, respectively.
The Bulldogs finished out the day strong by winning the 4x400-meter relay. The team of Duncan, Briggs, Grace and Rue finished in 3:52.27, sweeping the rest of the field by more than seven seconds.
The meet culminated all the spring training the Bulldogs had done over break.
"It was a nice way to end the trip," Young said.
With the streak of strong performances at their first outdoor meet, the Bulldogs are getting stronger and more competitive. Their next competition is in two weeks at the Princeton Invitational from April 2-3 in Princeton, N.J.
Report by Miriam Cho ’13, Yale Sports Publicity