December 1, 2010

Yale Will Host First Meet of the Indoor Track Season

Lidlifter Invitiational to Be Held at Coxe Cage

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The indoor track season will get underway this Saturday when Yale hosts the Lidlifter Invitational at Coxe Cage. Distance runners will take a break after their cross country season, while Bulldog sprinters, jumpers, hurdlers, and throwers compete for the first time in many months.

"We've had a great fall of training and this weekend provides our team with the chance to see where we are," said head coach David Shoehalter, the Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field. "Most of the women competing this weekend haven't had a competitive experience since last May or June, so we use this meet as an opportunity to shake off the rust and get into a competitive mode. It's important that each athlete take care of the little things they need to take care of in order to optimize her performance this weekend. No one is ready to break a world record yet, but the chance to get out there and compete against someone who's wearing a different uniform is important."

Top performers at the Lidlifter last year include sophomore Annelies Gamble, who took second in the 800-meter run, junior Alexa Monti, who placed third in the 60-meter dash and fifth in the 200-meter dash, sophomore Jenna Poggi, who placed second in the pole vault and eighth in the 60-meter hurdles, sophomore Allison Rue, who placed third in the 400-meter dash, and senior Stephanie Scaramella, who took first in the weight throw and second in the shot put. The Yale 4x400-meter relay team also won their event.

Field events will start at 9:00 a.m. and running events will start at 11:15 a.m. More information about the meet can be found at http://yalebulldogs.com/information/track_meets/college/index. Results will be posted on www.yalebulldogs.com.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity