Yale One of 35 Teams to Compete in Larry Ellis Invitational

Jenna Poggi. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Jenna Poggi. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Larger Meet Setting Will Bring Strong Competition

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This Friday and Saturday, the Bulldogs will compete in the Larry Ellis Invitational, hosted by Princeton University. 35 teams will descend on Weaver Stadium to contest a series of Friday night distance races as well as a full complement of field and track events on Saturday. A smaller contingent of Bulldogs will compete mostly in track events this weekend.

On Friday night, All-American senior Kate Grace will compete in the first of seven heats in the 800-meter run. She will be joined in the event by freshman Sarah Barry, sophomore Annelies Gamble, sophomore Nihal Kayali and junior Gabriella Kelly.

Freshman Melissa Chapman and sophomore Elizabeth Marvin will take a break from their normal 3,000-meter runs to compete in the 1,500-meter run, which has six heats. Junior Jacque Sahlberg will also race the 1,500-meter run.

On Saturday, throwers sophomore Antonia Renker and senior Stephanie Scaramella will represent Yale in the hammer and discus throws. Both are coming off personal records in the hammer throw last weekend at the Harvard-Yale dual meet. Senior Emily Standish and freshman Emily Urciuoli will compete in the high jump and pole vault, respectively.

Yale hurdlers are also coming off a strong performance last weekend against Harvard. Freshman Amanda Snajder will compete in the 100-meter hurdles while sophomores Dakota McCoy and Jenna Poggi will run in the 400-meter hurdles.

In the sprints, juniors Alexa Monti and Emily Shulan will represent the Bulldogs. Both will race the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash.

The 4x400-meter relay should be an exciting race to close out the day, as Kelly, Gamble, sophomore Allison Rue and Grace race against 31 other teams. This same team combined for a time of 3:53.24 last weekend, and will look to improve on that amidst the competition. Each athlete will also compete in the 400-meter dash earlier in the day.

Competition will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Friday and at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday. The meet will be long; many events have more than 50 competitors. Yet the Bulldogs will look to stay focused and improve on personal records and ECAC-qualifying times set earlier, as the post-season championship meets next month draw closer. The meet website is available here and live stats will be available on www.tumeytiming.com. Results will be posted on www.yalebulldogs.com at the conclusion of the meet.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity