First Taste of Ivy League Competition on the Track

Jenna Poggi. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Travel for the First Time This Season

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This Saturday will be the Bulldogs' first away meet of the season, after hosting two meets at Coxe Cage. Yale will head to the Armory in New York City to compete against Columbia and Dartmouth. It will also be the first scored meet for the Bulldogs, giving them a chance to see how they are coming together as a team.

"It's really the first time that we're in a meet where there is a team score so that will tell us a lot about each of the women on the team," said head coach David Shoehalter, the Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field.

Each athlete's performance contributes to the overall team score, so Shoehalter is looking for competitive spirit from his team this weekend.

"It'll give us a good sense of how we're competing and the focus in a meet like this, where every place counts, is less about the actual time or distance; it's about beating people. Our success will be based on how each athlete places rather than how fast they run or how high they jump or how far they throw," as in the previous meets of the season, he said.

In the past seven years, Yale has won the meet three times, placing second the other four. The Bulldogs bettered Dartmouth's Big Green but fell to the Columbia Lions in 2010.

Bulldog jumpers are coming off a weekend of success at last Saturday's Collegiate Invitational, with top-three finishes in the pole vault and high jump by sophomore Jenna Poggi, freshman Emily Urciuoli, and senior Emily Standish.

Runners to watch for include All-American senior Kate Grace, who should be the main contender in the middle distance events, sophomore Adele Jackson-Gibson in the sprints, and freshman Amanda Snajder in the hurdles.

Yale will be well-represented in the throws by senior Stephanie Scaramella and sophomore Antonia Renker, both of whom placed in the top thirteen in their events, Scaramella highlighting the day with eighth place in the shot put.

"The way we've set up our season, the competition gets better and better each week. The hope is that as the competition gets better, our kids compete at a higher level as well," said Shoehalter.

The meet will begin at 7:30pm and last until 10:30pm. Results will be posted on Ny.milesplit.com and Yalebulldogs.com as soon as they are available.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity

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