Penn-Yale-Princeton Held in N.J.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs will be returning to Princeton, N.J., for the second weekend in a row to compete in the annual Penn-Yale-Princeton tri-meet. This will be the Yale women’s first small meet against league rivals, and it will be an interesting gauge of how the team can compete.
Last year, the tri-meet was held at Yale the day after the Yale-Harvard vs. Oxford-Cambridge competition, and so the team was not at its full strength. This year the team is coming off a very successful weekend, when Yale posted several wins and ECAC qualifications. The Bulldogs have a good idea of how the Princeton team will compete after last weekend.
Junior Kate Grace won the 1,500-meter run and set a new school record at 4:24.57, which qualified her for NCAA Regionals as well as ECACs. Grace also won the 800-meter run in 2:09.94, far ahead of the two Princeton runners behind her. She was two seconds under the qualifying time for ECACs, but .14 seconds above the NCAA qualifying time in this event. She will be a force to contend with in any distance she competes in this weekend.
Sophomore Anne Lovelace won the steeplechase in 10:40.94, which was a huge personal best. This qualified her for both NCAA Regionals and ECACs. Senior Claudia Duncan won the 400-meter dash in 55.44, which qualified her for ECACs and was a PR. Duncan is also an impressive shorter-distance runner. Senior Alexandra Cadicamo qualified for the ECACs in the 5,000-meter run (16:56.26).
The relay teams had some tough competition last weekend, but both the 4x100 and 4x400-meter teams finished under the ECAC-qualifying time. They will look to improve their performances and try different combinations of team members as they continue to compete.
Sprinters to look for include freshman Adele Jackson-Gibson and the sophomore trio of Marieme Mbaye, Alexa Monti and Emily Shulan, who all finished in a pack in their races last weekend.
Freshman Dakota McCoy is competing for Yale in the 400-meter hurdles, and freshman Allison Rue is a strong force in middle and short distances. Freshman Annalies Gamble is also a strong middle distance runner who could surprise her competition.
Report by Kyle Eichner ’12, Yale Sports Publicity