April 1, 2011

Two Wins on First Day of Sam Howell Invitational

Four Top-Three Performances in Two Events

PRINCETON, N.J. – On the first day of the Sam Howell Invitational, the Yale Bulldogs posted impressive performances, with two wins on the day. All four athletes competing in track events placed within the top three overall, and two Bulldog throwers advanced to the final in their event.

Sophomore Nihal Kayali kicked off the Bulldogs' running success with a win in the 1,500-meter run. After leading the race from the beginning, Kayali powered her way to a first-place finish in 4:27.82. Freshman Sarah Barry was right on her heels in third-place, finishing in 4:33.68.

In the 5,000-meter run, sophomore Elizabeth Marvin battled the cold and rain to win the event in 16:44.56. Marvin led the field of 41 competitors for the entire circuit and finished more than 15 seconds better than her seed time, as well as seven seconds faster than the second-place effort. Freshman Melissa Chapman also turned in a strong performance. She finished third overall in 16:54.12. Both athletes qualified for the ECAC Championship meet after making their collegiate debuts in the event.

Two of Yale's athletes competing in the discus throw advanced to the finals on Friday. Sophomores Antonia Renker and Natalie Wedell both threw well enough in the preliminaries to be awarded extra attempts later in the afternoon. Renker finished the day in eighth place overall (30.68 meters), while Wedell was right behind her in ninth (30.34 meters). Senior Rachel Kuschner just missed advancing to the finals, finishing in 10th (29.68 meters).

Complete results are available here. The Bulldogs will begin tomorrow's competition with the hammer throw at 11:00 a.m.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity