Yale Falls to Harvard
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs braved an unusually cold and rainy day on Saturday to host the annual Harvard-Yale dual meet. Yale posted some very impressive times in running events, winning eight of the eleven events. Though there were many impressive performances, the Bulldogs ended the meet with 69 points to Harvard's 93.
Yale started off very strong in the sprints, sweeping both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. In the 100-, freshman Adele Jackson-Gibson won in 12.36, followed by sophomore Marieme Mbaye in 12.43 and sophomore Emily Shulan in 12.53. Sophomore Alexa Monti was fifth (12.84). In the 200-meter dash, junior Claudia Duncan finished first, with the ECAC-qualifying time of 24.76. Behind her were Jackson-Gibson in seconds (24.99), senior captain Faith Briggs in third (25.47) and Shulan in fourth (25.73).
Duncan had an amazing day; before the 200-meter dash, she also won the 400-meter dash earlier in the day (56.26). Freshman Allison Rue finished fourth in the event in 58.56.
Junior Kate Grace dominated the middle-long distance events. She won the 800-meter run in 2:11.53, a good bit ahead of the Harvard runner behind her. Yale freshmen also posted some impressive times in the event: Annalies Gamble was fifth in 2:13.21 and Nihal Kayali was sixth in 2:17.19. Grace also won the 1,500-meter run, this time a solid four seconds ahead of the other runners (4:34.50) for a huge lead and exciting finish. Freshman Elizabeth Marvin had a great run and scored for Yale with her third-place finish (4:38.88) – a personal record.
Senior Alexandra Cadicamo continued her strong season by placing second in the 3,000-meter run (9:52.73). This qualifies her for ECACs in the event; she also qualified in the 5,000-meter run earlier in the season.
In a two-person field, sophomore Anne Lovelace ran a hard, cold race to win the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:50.51.
Freshman Dakota McCoy competed in both the 100- and 400-meter hurdles for Yale. She placed second in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing in 1:04.94, and fourth in the 100-meter hurdles, when she finished in 15.73.
Yale's relay teams also performed very well. The 4x100-meter relay team consisted of Jackson-Gibson, Duncan, Monti and Briggs, and they finished in 47.92. The 4x400-meter relay team finished in 3:47.59. Grace started out with the baton, strong but not too far ahead of the pack, then passed it to Rue, who maintained a steady pace behind a Harvard runner, then Briggs ran hard to keep the baton up front, and Duncan finished it off as anchor, pulling ahead and maintaining her lead. After all of the running events, Yale had 20 more points than Harvard.
In field events, Jackson-Gibson finished second in the long jump in 5.60m. Junior Eve King finished fourth in 5.09m.
“This was definitely Adele's best day at Yale so far,” said Mark Young, the Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field. “She won the 100-meter dash, was second in the 200-, second in the long jump and ran on the winning 4x100 meter relay. This is a great sign for her and what she can do.”
In other field events, junior Emily Standish finished third in the high jump (1.55m) followed by King (1.50m). Freshman Jenna Poggi and senior Bailey Carroll scored in the pole vault in second (3.30m) and third place (3.15m), respectively. Micha'le Simmons finished third in the triple jump (10.79 meters) and Standish was fourth (10.23m). In the throws, freshman Antonia Renker and junior Rachel Kuschner went second and third in the discus, and then Kuschner was fourth in the hammer throw and Renker was fifth. Standish finished second in the javelin throw.
“There was good team effort,” said Coach Young. “Today was good – we ran very well. A bunch of people ran well even if they didn't score. More people are getting started on some really good performances.”
The below video of highlights from the day includes clips of the 4x100 meter relay, the 3,000-meter steeplechase, the 1,500-meter run, 400-meter dash, 100-meter dash and 800-meter run.
Next week, several Bulldogs will be traveling to the famed Penn Relays (Thursday through Satuday), and then on Sunday Yale will host the annual Springtime Invitational.
Report by Kyle Eichner '12, Yale Sports Publicity