Kate Grace Makes Her Outdoor Debut
PHILADELPHIA—The Bulldogs wrapped up their first tri-meet of the outdoor season today against Penn and Princeton. While Princeton ran away with 106 points and the title, Yale finished the day with 28 points to place third.
All-American senior Kate Grace made her first appearance on an outdoor track this season. Grace competed in the 1,500-meter run today after taking almost a month off after the NCAA Division I Championship last month. Grace debuted in style, wining the event in 4:23.21. Her time is a new school record, shaving over a second off of her own previous record of 4:24.57. Despite having been sick for the last few weeks, she just managed to edge Princeton's Alexis Mikaelian at the line; Mikaelin finished in 4:23.39.
Sophomore Nihal Kayali picked up fourth place in the 1,500-meter run, turning in a mark of 4:27.99. Also competing for Yale in the event were freshman Sarah Barry (5th- 4:36.01), sophomore Jacque Sahlberg (6th- 4:38.32, a new collegiate best) and junior Madeline Adams (10th- 4:51.95).
"We made the pace in the 1,500-meter run very fast" to see what everyone could do, said distance coach Mark Young '68.
Junior Anne Lovelace also made her outdoor debut in her signature event today, the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Lovelace, a previous NCAA qualifier in the event, raced to second place in 10:58.67, which was a good start, said Young.
Sophomore Annelies Gamble set an outdoor collegiate best of her own today. She placed second in the 800-meter run in 2:10.45, which ties her previous indoor best time. Gamble was less than a second off of first place, and somehow managed to be the first of five racers that all finished within a second of each other. A member of that pack was junior Gabriella Kelly, who finished sixth in 2:11.08. Kelly's time is a personal record by over three seconds.
Freshman Melissa Chapman placed a team-high third in the 3,000-meter run, turning in a mark of 9:36.68. Her time is the 10th-fastest in Yale history, impressive for a freshman. Chapman had support from sophomore Elizabeth Marvin (5th- 9:42.28), junior Jennifer Downing (8th- 10:08.15) and junior Kristin Johnson (12th- 10:41.08).
"That was a big improvement for Millie [Chapman] and an outdoor personal record for Elizabeth," Young commented.
Yale's hurdlers also picked up some points in the 400-meter hurdles. Sophomore Jenna Poggi placed third in 1:04.91, followed by sophomore Dakota McCoy in 1:06.00. Freshman Amanda Snajder was a heart-breaking fifth place in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing 0.01 seconds out of scoring range. Snajder also competed in the 200-meter dash, placing 12th (27.48).
Sophomore Allison Rue led the sprinters today with a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter dash. Rue finished in 57.80 before placing eighth in the 200-meter dash (26.40). Junior Alexa Monti finished fifth in the 100-meter dash (12.91—a season best) and 10th in the 200-meter dash (26.97). Freshman Kelsey Lin finished ninth in the 100-meter dash in 13.06. Junior Emily Shulan was the Bulldogs' top competitor in the 200-meter dash, finishing in a season-best 25.87 for sixth place.
The Bulldog 4x400-meter relay team earned second-place points for its 3:52.17 effort. The team comprised Rue, Gamble, Kelly and Grace. The 4x100-meter relay team, comprising Monti, Lin, Rue and Poggi, brought home third in 49.12.
Sophomore Emily Anderberg had a huge contribution in the javelin throw, capturing second-place with a throw of 29.76m. McCoy was fifth in the event in 27.12m. Anderberg also competed in the hammer throw, placing 10th in 25.10m.
Senior Stephanie Scaramella was fourth in the hammer throw with a toss of 43.33m. She was also fourth in the shot put (11.54m) and the discus throw (37.32m). Sophomore Antonia Renker was sixth in both the discus throw (31.44m) and the hammer throw (41.60m). Also competing for the Yale throwing contingent were senior Rachel Kuschner, 7th in the discus throw (30.67m) and 9th in the hammer throw (30.00m), and sophomore Natalie Wedell, 8th in the discus throw (30.66m) and 8th in the hammer throw (30.39m).
Yale's best performance from the jumpers today came from senior Emily Standish, who finished fourth in the high jump in 1.60m. Standish also competed in the triple jump, where she was again the Bulldogs' top finisher. Her best distance was 10.38m, good for sixth place. Freshman Beata Fiszer finished seventh in the triple jump with a leap of 10.24m. Freshman Emily Urciuoli placed fifth in the pole vault with a leap of 3.35m.
ECAC qualifiers from the meet are Chapman (3,000-meter run, by almost 15 seconds), Gamble (800-meter run), Grace (1,500-meter run, by over seven seconds), Kayali (1,500-meter run), Marvin (3,000-meter run) and the 4x400-meter relay team.
Many Bulldogs have been battling illness or injury since the beginning of the season, which makes their performances today all the more impressive. Next weekend, Yale is slated to host Harvard at the Dewitt-Cuyler Track for their storied rivalry.
Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity