January 21, 2012

Bulldogs Third at Dartmouth With Eight Second-Place Finishes

Yale Starts Ivy League Competition

HANOVER, N.H. – The Bulldogs kicked off their official league schedule on Saturday in a tri-meet against Dartmouth and Columbia. By the end of the day, the team had claimed second place in eight events, equally distributed among the field, sprint and long distance events. Yale compiled 41 points to finish in third.

Freshman Elle Brunsdale was on the podium first for the Bulldogs after her second-place finish in the long jump for a leap of 5.19m (17'0.5"). Brunsdale followed up with a third-place leap in the triple jump of 10.69m (35'1"). Freshman Alisha Jordan also competed in both events, finishing fourth in the triple jump (10.57m, 34'8.25") and fifth in the long jump (4.7m, 15'5").

In the high jump, sophomore Amanda Snajder finished in second as the lone Bulldog competing. She leapt 1.55m (5'1").  Sophomore Emily Urciuoli was also second in the pole vault. She tied her season-high of 3.60m (11'9.75") which also won first place, but Urciuoli took second on the basis of faults.

Junior Antonia Renker and freshman Korbin Richards were again Yale's dynamic duo in the throwing events. Renker took fifth in the weight throw with a new season-high toss of 13.24m (43'5.25"). Richards finished sixth in the shot put in 10.49m (34'5"), which shaved just under two-tenths of a meter off of her previous season-best of 10.32m. Richards was also eighth in the weight throw with a throw of 10.2m (33'5.75").

Yale flooded the 200-meter dash final with blue jerseys, as seven of the nine participants were Bulldogs. Senior Alexa Monti impressed with a second-place finish in 26.32, followed by senior Emily Shulan in 26.94. Next across the line were junior Jenna Poggi in fourth (27.02), senior Marieme Mbaye in fifth (27.30), freshman Ashleigh Delemos in seventh (27.58), freshman Emily Cable in eighth (27.92) and sophomore Teresa Parent in ninth (28.10).

Many of the sprinters did double or even triple duty throughout the course of the meet. Monti also grabbed second in the 60-meter dash, finishing in 7.88. Delemos and Mbaye followed in almost a dead heat for third place. Delemos got the lean, finishing in 8.00 to Mbaye's 8.02. Shulan finished sixth overall in 8.31.

A 4x400-meter relay team comprising junior Allison Rue, Monti, senior captain Gabriella Kelly and Poggi finished third overall in 4:03.67. A second team of Brunsdale, Delemos, Shulan and Snajder finished their laps in 4:13.45.

In the longer sprints, Rue was second in the 500-meter dash in 1:18.04, a season-best by just 0.04 seconds. Cable was fourth in the 400-meter dash in 59.35 as the fastest in her heat. Kelly finished in 1:01.70, good for eighth overall.

Three Bulldogs competed in the final of the 60-meter hurdles, led by Delemos in third. After finishing in 9.49 during the preliminary heats, Delemos came back in 9.20 in the final. Snajder posted a qualifying time of 9.53, good for sixth after the first round, but shaved almost 0.3 seconds off to finish in 9.29, fourth in the final. Junior Dakota McCoy was sixth in the final in 9.57 after moving up from eighth originally in 9.70.

 The remainder of Yale's cross country runners who had not yet started off their indoor track seasons turned in a pair of second-place finishes. Sophomore Sarah Barry was second in the 1,000-meter run in 2:56.26, just 0.06 seconds behind the winner, Christina Supino of Dartmouth, who crossed the line in 2:56.20. Junior Annelies Gamble was right behind the drama at the line in third place (2:57.21).

Junior Elizabeth Marvin was second in the 3,000-meter run in 9:52.09, followed by senior Lindsey Raymond in fourth (9:57.90) and freshman Kira Garry in fifth (10:00.30). Senior Madeline Adams was fourth in the 800-meter run in 2:22.84.

The milers also turned out en masse. Freshman Anna Demaree was seventh in a field that included Dartmouth cross country and track All-American Abbey D'Agostino, who lead the pack in 4:38.54. Demaree crossed the line in 5:08.73, followed by freshman Hannah Alpert in ninth (5:12.62), senior Anne Lovelace immediately on her heels in 10th (5:12.97) and junior Jennifer Donnelly in 11th (5:19.23).

The Bulldogs will be back on the track at the Terrier Invitational hosted by Boston University on Jan. 27. The meet is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity