February 25, 2012

Three Advance on Day One of Heps Competition

Snajder Takes Fourth in Pentathlon

ITHACA, N.Y. – After the first day of competition at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, the Yale women's track and field team sits in seventh place with four points. Columbia currently leads the pack with 34 points, but most of the deciding races and finals will be held tomorrow. Fifteen Bulldogs competed today, and three advanced in their events to compete in tomorrow's finals.

Sophomore Amanda Snajder scored the lone Yale points on the day with a fourth-place result in the pentathlon. Her composite of 3341 was just eight points higher than the fifth-place competitor, Elizabeth McKenna of Princeton. Snajder was buoyed by her performance in the 60-meter hurdles, where she placed third overall by winning her heat in 9.00. She also tied for sixth in the high jump with a leap of 1.58m (5'2.25"), just 0.02 meters shy of her season best. Snajder's score at Heps is the seventh-highest total by a Yale athlete all-time, just one point more than H. Waterfield compiled in 1984.

In the one mile run, junior Nihal Kayali placed second in her heat, behind only Dartmouth All-American Abbey D'Agostino, to automatically advance to the final. Kayali clocked in at 4:53.75, just behind D'Agostino's 4:52.47. Her time ended up being the fifth-fastest on the day. She will race in the final heat at 12:10 p.m. tomorrow afternoon.

Senior Alexa Monti turned in a season best in the 60-meter dash preliminary heats. She was third in her heat in 7.73 to secure an at-large berth into the final; the top two athletes in each heat as well as the next two fastest times advanced. Her previous best this season was 7.78, which she achieved in January at the Terrier Invitational. Monti will race at 12:30 p.m.

The final Bulldog to advance was junior Annelies Gamble in the 800-meter run. Gamble took second in her heat in 2:11.23, the sixth-best time on the day. She just barely edged Victoria Strickland of Penn for the right to advance: Strickland finished in 2:11.78 and did not advance. Gamble will race at 1:15 p.m.

In the 5,000-meter run, junior Elizabeth Marvin was ninth of 19 runners in 17:04.02. Freshman Kira Garry also competed, finishing in 12th in 17:22.66. The race was extremely competitive, however, with Heidi Caldwell of Brown edging D'Agostino by just 0.01 seconds to win the title. Caldwell finished in 16:38.01 to D'Agostino's 16:38.02.

Freshman sprinter Emily Cable was 12th in the preliminaries of the 200-meter dash. She finished in 25.58 in a deep field; she was only one-tenth of a second away from qualifying. Junior Adele Jackson-Gibson was 14th in 25.85 and senior Emily Shulan was 17th in 26.90.

In the 60-meter hurdles, freshman Ashleigh Delemos achieved the highest result for Yale. She was sixth in her heat in 9.10, a season-best time, to place 11th overall. Junior Dakota McCoy was 15th in 9.67.

Junior Allison Rue almost matched her season-best in the 400-meter dash preliminaries today. She turned in a time of 57.85 to place 15th while senior captain Gabriella Kelly was 22nd in 1:01.20.

Sophomore pole vaulter Emily Urciuoli was ninth in her trademark event in a three-way tie at 3.60m (11'9.75"). Tory Worthen of Princeton cleared 4.12m (13'6.25") to set a new meet record.

In the long jump, freshman Elle Brunsdale was 15th with a leap of 4.90m (16'1") to close out the day for the Bulldogs.

Competition will resume tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. in Ithaca. A live blog is available here and live results are available here. Results will also be posted on www.yalebulldogs.com at the conclusion of the day's events.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity

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