Five Wins for the Home Team
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Though the sun refused to come out on Saturday, the Bulldogs didn't hold anything back from their annual contest against Harvard. The much smaller Yale squad ultimately finished behind its rival's 113 points, but won five events on the day. The top two finishers in each event will travel to England this summer to compete in the bi-annual Harvard-Yale vs. Oxford-Cambridge meet.
Two of those wins belonged to All-American senior Kate Grace. She first won the 1,500-meter run as part of a 1-2-3 Yale sweep in the event. Grace (4:27.07), sophomore Nihal Kayali (4:28.13) and freshman Sarah Barry (4:28.58) were the first three of seven competitors to cross the line. They stayed with the Harvard runners until the last 300 meters of the race, when all three turned in impressive kicks to finish over seven seconds before the next athlete.
Grace also won the 800-meter run, posting a season-high 2:09.92. She bested Thea Lee of Harvard (2:10.36) at the line in an exciting finish. Sophomore Annelies Gamble picked up an additional point for Yale, finishing third in 2:11.36.
Sophomore Jenna Poggi battled a shin injury as well as impressive Harvard hurdlers, besting both to win the 400-meter hurdles. She finished in 1:06.17, only 0.28 seconds before the next finisher. Sophomore Dakota McCoy was right behind both to take third place in 1:06.96. McCoy also competed in the javelin throw, taking fourth (32.36m).
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, junior Anne Lovelace bested Jeanne Mack of Harvard, finishing first in 11:07.41. Lovelace had to brave freezing water once per lap, quite a feat in today's weather.
Rue, Gamble, Kelly and Grace combined in 3:53.24 for second place in the 4x400-meter relay, less than a second behind Harvard. Although anchor Grace ran an incredible leg after her two wins, Harvard's first leg had opened up too wide of a gap for the All-American to close.
In the 100-meter hurdles, freshman Amanda Snajder captured second-place in a very competitive race, finishing in 15.61. Snajder also competed in the high jump, tying for fourth place.
Sophomore Adele Jackson-Gibson finished third in the 100-meter dash in 13.17. She also competed in the 200-meter dash, placing fifth (26.17) as Yale's fastest competitor. She was joined in those events by juniors Alexa Monti and Emily Shulan. Monti, freshman Kelsey Lin, Shulan and Poggi competed in the 4x100-meter relay. They finished in 49.45 for second place.
Yale had a pair of second-place finishes in the throwing events. Sophomore Antonia Renker took second in the discus throw with a toss of 37.93 meters, while senior Stephanie Scaramella threw 45.07 meters in the hammer throw. Renker was also fourth in the hammer throw (42.83 meters). Sophomore Emily Anderberg, senior Rachel Kuschner and sophomore Natalie Wedell also competed in the throws for Yale.
In the jump events, Jackson-Gibson was Yale's highest scorer. She finished in 5.57 meters in the long jump, good for second place and three points. Senior captain Eve King also competed in the long jump, taking eighth place. Freshman Emily Urciuoli tied for second in the pole vault, finishing in a season-high 3.55 meters. In the triple jump, freshman Kristen Proe took third with a leap of 10.91 meters. Senior Emily Standish was third in the high jump in 1.57 meters. She missed second place due to number of attempts. Standish also competed in the triple jump, taking fourth place in 10.61 meters.
Although the Bulldogs' strong individual results were not enough to lift them past Harvard's larger squad, their impressive performances will buoy them as the regular season closes within a month. Yale will next compete in the Larry Ellis Invitational on Apr. 23 at Princeton.
Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity