Strong Showing on Second Day of Sam Howell Invite

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

Kayali Wins Second Event of the Meet

PRINCETON, N.J. – As the Sam Howell Invitational drew to a close on Saturday afternoon, the Bulldogs showed no sign of slowing down from their dominant pace of the day before. Most impressive was sophomore Nihal Kayali's second win of the competition in the 3,000-meter run. The weather improved significantly over last night's rain, and the Bulldogs took full advantage.

Kayali blew away the field in the 3,000-meter run less than a day after winning the 1,500-meter run the night before. She won by more than 22 seconds, finishing in 9:41.14 to Alexis Mikaelian of Princeton's 10:04.81. Kayali's time is the 10th-fastest in school history. It also qualified her for the ECAC Championship meet with 15 seconds of insurance. Her performance last night was ECAC-worthy as well.

Yale's sprinters claimed a number of top-ten places in the meet as well. In the 400-meter dash, junior Gabriella Kelly and sophomore Allison Rue battled the wind to place sixth and seventh, respectively. Kelly finished in 57.43 and Rue in 57.62. Rue won her heat and gained a new college personal record in the process. Kelly and Rue teamed with senior Kate Grace and sophomore Jenna Poggi to place third in the 4x400-meter relay, the final event of the meet, in 3:56.96.

 Earlier, Poggi placed ninth in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing third in her heat in 1:06.46. She finished just in front of sophomore Dakota McCoy, 10th in 1:07.55. In the 100-meter hurdles, freshman Amanda Snajder qualified for the finals. She came in seventh in 15.23.

The Bulldog 4x100 meter relay team, competing together for the first time today, turned in a strong fifth-place showing. Sophomore Adele Jackson-Gibson, freshman Kelsey Lin, Rue and Poggi combined in 48.66. This team will have a lot of potential with a little more experience.

Middle distance runners were also competitive. In the 800-meter run, sophomore Annelies Gamble placed eighth overall in 2:15.10.  In Saturday's reprise of the 1,500-meter run, Yale put two runners into the top five. Junior Jacque Sahlberg finished third in 4:46.50, followed by junior Madeline Adams in 4:50.41.

Yale's jumpers had a banner day with four athletes in the top 10 of their events. Freshman Emily Urciuoli tied for sixth in the pole vault with a vault of 3.40 meters (11'01.75"). This distance ties her for the third-best in Yale history. Senior Emily Standish tied for seventh with a leap of 1.50 meters (5'01"). In the triple jump, freshman Teresa Parent jumped 10.75 meters (35'03.23"), good for seventh place. Parent also competed in the long jump, placing ninth in 4.86 meters (15'11.05"). Fellow freshman Kristen Proe also placed ninth in the triple jump in 10.52 meters (34'06.25").

In the throws, the Bulldogs were led today by McCoy, who placed 12th in the javelin throw. McCoy launched the javelin 30.04 meters (98'07"). Senior Rachel Kuschner also placed 16th in the hammer throw in 32.14 meters (105'05") capping off a successful weekend after her fine performance in the discus throw yesterday.

Today's full results are available here. Yale will return to the track on Apr. 9, when the travel to Philadelphia to compete against Penn and Princeton. Several wins over Princeton athletes this weekend will give the Bulldogs a competitive spirit heading into the dual meet.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity