Gamble Leads Yale on Last Day of Heps

Annelies Gamble. (photo by Tim O'Dowd)

Two More Bulldogs Score

ITHACA, N.Y. – On the final day of Heps competition, two more Bulldogs added to Yale's point total. The team finished with 12 points overall in eighth place. Columbia took home the women's title for the first time in program history; the Lions compiled 124 points. Though Princeton was favored to repeat its 2011 title, the Tigers placed sixth with 56 points. Host Cornell was second with 103 points.

Juniors Annelies Gamble and Nihal Kayali shone in the finals of their respective events, with Kayali turning in a season-best performance in the one mile run. She raced in the first track event of the day, placing fifth in 4:49.96 in a very close race. Fourth-place Greta Feldman of Princeton finished in 4:49.45 and sixth-place Janel Parker of Cornell finished in 4:50.01. Kayali took almost a second off of her previous season-best time of 4:50.73, which she raced at HYP earlier this month.

Gamble placed the highest of any Bulldog in the meet when she took third in the final of the 800-meter run. Another tight race, the final saw four runners finish within half a second of each other. Jade Williams of Cornell (2:11.25) barely edged Gamble (2:11.47) for second place. Molly Glantz of Cornell was a hair behind in 2:11.56 and Christina Supino of Dartmouth was within striking distance in 2:11.77. Gamble's effort contributed six points to the team total.

Senior Alexa Monti competed in the final of the 60-meter dash. She raced to eighth place in 7.76 seconds, just behind Nonyerem Onyeador of Penn (7.72). Monti improved considerably during her last season as a Bulldog; she placed 16th at last year's Heps in 8.04.

In the 3,000-meter run, senior Lindsey Raymond, who is in her first season of track and field competition, placed eighth in 9:38.49. This was a huge season-best for Raymond, who had previously run 9:45.67 at HYP. Junior Elizabeth Marvin was 10th overall and first in her heat in 9:48.02. Sophomore Liana Epstein was 17th in 10:00.57, freshman Anna Demaree was 20th in 10:07.44 and senior Anne Lovelace was 22nd in 10:23.28.

Two freshmen competed in the triple jump for Yale: Alisha Jordan was 12th with a leap of 11.07m (36'4"). Jordan's prior season-best jump was 10.98m, but she was able to best that on her last attempt of the day to close out her season on a high note. Elle Brunsdale was 14th in 10.68m (35'0.5").

Kayali, Gamble, sophomore Sarah Barry and senior Madeline Adams combined to place seventh in the 4x800-meter relay in 9:06.78, which is by far the fastest a Yale team has run this season.

In the 4x400-meter relay, a Yale team comprising junior Allison Rue, Monti, junior Jenna Poggi and freshman Emily Cable placed eighth in 3:53.80. They were just a second off of Dartmouth's time of 3:52.68. The same team ran the race in 3:53.95 at the Boston University Terrier Invitational in January.

The Bulldogs will be back in action on Mar. 3-4 in the ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) Championships in Boston. Bulldogs who have qualified include Barry (1,000-meter run and one mile run), Gamble (800-meter run), Garry (3,000-meter run and 5,000-meter run), Kayali (1,000-meter run and one mile run), Marvin (3,000-meter run and 5,000-meter run), Raymond (3,000-meter run and 5,000-meter run), sophomore Emily Urciuoli (pole vault) and the 4x800-meter relay team.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity