Strong Preliminaries Performances During Heps Day One

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Nihal Kayali. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Setting Up for Finals Tomorrow

NEW YORK- The Yale Bulldogs descended on the Armory in New York City today for Day One of Ivy League Championships. Most of the competitions were preliminary heats to determine final competitors in tomorrow's races, but the Bulldogs displayed their competitive edge.

Senior All-American Kate Grace won the first of four heats in the 800-meter run this afternoon, which automatically advances her to the final. Grace, the two-time defending champion in this event, had the fastest Ivy time this season of 2:06.94. She bested her heat in a time of 2:10.10, third-fastest of the day.

Joining Grace in the 800-meter run final will be sophomore Annelies Gamble, who placed second in the fourth heat in 2:11.10. She finished seventh overall.

In the one mile run, sophomore Nihal Kayali entered with the second-best league time all season of 4:45.04. Grace holds the fastest league time this season, but is not contesting the one mile run during these championships. Kayali led the third of three heats for much of the race, but was edged at the line by Janel Parker of Cornell. Of all mile competitors, Kayali's time of 4:49.16 was good for fourth overall and will advance her to tomorrow's final. Parker's time of 4:48.30 was the fastest on the day.

Several sprinters will also compete tomorrow. In the 400-meter dash, junior Gabriella Kelly finished seventh overall in 56.68. She finished third in the fifth heat of preliminaries to advance to the final. Junior Emily Shulan finished fourteenth overall in the 200-meter dash to qualify for today's semi-finals. She was third in the fourth heat of preliminaries and 15th in the semi-finals.

Leading the field events, senior Stephanie Scaramella placed eighth overall in the weight throw. She advanced to today's final after achieving a distance of 15.39 meters. Also, freshman Emily Urciuoli tied for 10th place in the pole vault with a mark of 3.45 meters.

Events will begin tomorrow at 11 a.m. A live blog of events is available here, while full results are available here.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity