December 4, 2010

Yale Kicks Off the Indoor Season at Home

Strong Performances at Lidlifter Invitational

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Coxe Cage was abuzz with Bulldogs track and field competition for the first time since February as Yale hosted the annual Lidlifter Invitational meet to begin the 2010-2011 track season. Though the meet was unscored, several Bulldogs had excellent showings in their first meet of the year.

Senior Kate Grace placed first in the 1,000-meter run by an incredible margin, almost twenty seconds, with a time of 2:55.53. She also dominated the 800-meter run, racing to first place in 2:14.99. Grace, an All-American in the 800-meter run outdoors, is the current school record holder in the 800-meter run indoors, and is also on the all-time top ten list for the 1,000-meter run.

For the field events, senior Stephanie Scaramella took third in the shot put with a throw of 11.78m and fifth in the weight throw with a throw of 12.35m. Scaramella is on the all-time top ten lists for both events. She was joined in the weight throw by sophomore Antonia Renker, who placed sixth with a throw of 12.29m. Finishing off Yale's top-five performances in the field events was senior Emily Standish, placing third in the high jump with a leap of 1.55m.

Bulldog freshmen had great performances in their first collegiate meets as well. Freshman Jenna Hessert ran 1:18.20 for third place in the 500-meter dash, narrowly edging sophomore Nihal Kayali, who ran 1:18.27. Freshman Teresa Parent placed third in the long and triple jumps with leaps of 4.96m and 10.67m, respectively, and freshman Kristen Proe won the triple jump event with a jump of 11.04m. Freshman Amanda Snajder took fourth in the 60-meter hurdles in 9.54 seconds. Freshman Emily Urciuoli placed second in the pole vault (3.4m), vaulting past sophomore teammate Jenna Poggi (3.25), who took third in that event. 

Yale's 4x400-meter relay team finished second with a time of 3:54.09. The team comprised Grace, Hessert, junior Gabriella Kelly and sophomore Allison Rue.

"More so than the actual results, times and distances, the most important thing was that we were trying to be as competitive as we could be," said head coach David Shoehalter, the Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field.

"Kate Grace had a great day. Doing what she did, to win both races by so much, then to turn around and anchor the 4x400 meter relay as well, that was a really good effort," commented Shoehalter.

The Bulldogs will take a break from competition until Jan. 15th, when they return to Coxe Cage to host the College Invitational. 

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity