January 14, 2012

Four First-Place Finishes at Yale Invitational

Bulldogs Perform Well at First Meet of New Year

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – In the first meet of 2012, the Yale women's track and field team took home four first-place finishes and a plethora of other top results. The Bulldogs hosted over 15 teams at Coxe Cage in an unscored meet as a chance to stretch their legs after the winter break and get back into a competitive spirit.

Yale kicked off the track events with a win in the one mile run: senior Lindsey Raymond broke the tape in 5:04.51. She was followed by freshman Anna Demaree, who edged Quinnipiac senior Morgan Roche by less than a second to finish in 5:07.53. Senior Madeline Adams was 13th out of the 34 competitors, crossing the line in 5:21.04.

Senior Alexa Monti bested 38 other sprinters to win the final of the 60-meter dash in 7.84, just 0.02 seconds faster than Ashia Wright of Sacred Heart University.

Junior Annelies Gamble secured a win in the 800-meter run by almost four seconds. She cruised across the line in 2:18.85.

The final first-place finish belonged to sophomore Emily Urciuoli, who cleared 3.60m (11'9.75") to claim the pole vault title. Freshman Catherine Shih placed second in 3.45m (11'3.75"). They both move up the Yale all-time list, Urciuoli to third and Shih to fourth.

Freshman Ashleigh Delemos was second in the 60-meter hurdles final in 9.14, an improvement of 0.10 seconds from her mark of 9.24 in the preliminary. Two other Bulldogs competed in the final, composed of the eight fastest athletes in the preliminary. Sophomore Amanda Snajder was fifth in 9.47 and junior Dakota McCoy was sixth in 9.62. Junior Jenna Poggi was 12th overall in 10.03.

In the 400-meter dash, junior Allison Rue was third in 58.82. She also combined with freshman Elle Brunsdale, freshman Emily Cable and Delemos to place third in the 4x400-meter relay. The team almost finished under four minutes, coming in at 4:01.08. A second Yale team of McCoy, Monti, senior Marieme Mbaye and Poggi finished sixth out of 19 relay entries in 4:02.38, demonstrating the depth that Yale will have in its sprinters this year.

Brunsdale had the best result of the Yale jumpers today, finishing third in the long jump. Her leap of 5.25m (17'2.75") was just 0.03m above the fourth-place finisher. Freshman Alisha Jordan was 19th in the long jump with a jump of 4.60m (15'1.25"). Both freshmen competed in the triple jump as well; Brunsdale finished seventh (10.57m- 34'8.25") and Jordan placed eighth (10.50m- 35'5.5"). In the high jump, Snajder was seventh at 1.45m (4'9").

The Bulldog throwers had two top-ten places today. Freshman Korbin Richards was 10th in the shot put with a throw of 10.32m (33'10.25"). Junior Antonia Renker was 10th in the weight throw. She hoisted the weight 12.31m (40'4.75"). Richards was also 17th in the weight with a throw of 9.06m (29'8.75").

Three Bulldogs competed in the 3,000-meter run. Freshman Hannah Alpert was sixth out of 21 racers in 10:37.45. Junior Victoria Flannery was right on her heels in 10:38.88. Sophomore Wendy DeWolf was 10th in 10:50.28.

Full results are available at www.yalebulldogs.com. The Yale track and field teams will be back in action on Jan. 21 when they travel to Dartmouth to take on the Big Green and the Columbia Lions.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity

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