February 11, 2012

Bulldogs Third at HYP

Raymond Steps up in the 3,000-Meter Run

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Yale women's track and field team finished third in the annual match-up with Harvard and Princeton on Saturday. Despite several strong efforts, the Bulldogs could not overcome the sheer numbers of the Crimson and the Tigers. Yale compiled 13 points, while Princeton finished in first with 80 points, followed by Harvard with 60 points.

Senior Lindsey Raymond turned in a season-best in the 3,000-meter run that was almost 15 seconds faster than her previous effort. Her time of 9:45.67 also qualified her for the ECAC Championship meet next month and was the fastest time run by a Bulldog all season. She placed third in a field of 22 runners, just 0.30 seconds out of second place. Junior Elizabeth Marvin and freshman Kira Garry also tallied top-10 finishes for Yale. Marvin was fifth in 9:49.85 and Garry was sixth in 9:51.40, both season-best performances as well.

The Bulldogs also had strong performances in the one mile run. Sophomore Sarah Barry was second in 4:50.56 and junior Nihal Kayali was third in 4:50.73 in a very close finish. They were followed immediately by Alexis Mikaelian of Princeton in 4:51.09. Both are ECAC-qualifying performances and season-bests.

Sophomore Amanda Snajder was fourth in the 60-meter hurdles in 9.09 after a preliminary time of 9.13, both of which are the fastest times she has recorded this season. She was just 0.01 seconds off of her personal record of 9.08, set last season at Heps. Snajder was also fourth in the high jump in 1.60m (5'3"), which is her personal best.

Sophomore Emily Urciuoli tied for third in the pole vault with a leap of 3.60m (11'975"). Though she cleared the same height as the athletes who placed fifth and sixth, she was able to score for the Bulldogs on the basis of faults.

In the triple jump, freshman Elle Brunsdale was third, leaping farther than freshman teammate Alisha Jordan by just half an inch. Brunsdale leap 10.99m (36'0.75") and Jodan turned in a distance of 10.98m (36'0.25").

Junior Antonia Renker had a season best by 0.80m in the weight throw, with a heave of 14.05m to take sixth. 

The Bulldogs will take a week off before taking on the entire Ivy League at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, hosted by Cornell on Feb. 25-26.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity

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