March 31, 2012

Bulldogs Claim Five Wins at UConn Spring Invite

Team Showcases Depth with Diverse Range of Wins

STORRS, Conn. - The Yale women's track and field team competed in the UConn Spring Invitational on Saturday, and came home with five victories across a wide range of events, including one field event, one sprint event, two distance events and one relay. The meet was unscored and gave the Bulldogs a chance to gauge their training this far in the season.

Sophomore Emily Urciuoli started off the meet with a win in the pole vault. She cleared 3.60m (11'9.75") to best the field of 11 athletes. Freshman Catherine Shih was fourth with a leap of 3.30m (10'10").

Junior Adele Jackson-Gibson claimed first in the 100-meter dash by the thinnest of margins: she outleaned Colby Lubman of Brown by 0.02 seconds, finishing in 12.54 to Lubman's 12.56. Senior Alexa Monti was a close third in 12.63. Senior Marieme Mbaye was seventh in 13.12 and senior Emily Shulan was ninth in 13.26.

In the 1,500-meter run, sophomore Melissa Chapman placed first in 4:35.80. Sophomore Liana Epstein was fourth in 4:41.81, just two-tenths of a second back from third place, which went to Bree Shugarts of Brown (4:41.58). Junior Jennifer Donnelly was 10th in 4:49.58, senior Anne Lovelace was 16th in 4:56.22, senior Jennifer Downing was 17th in 4:56.81 and sophomore Rachel O'Driscoll was 24th in 5:02.12. 

Sophomore Sarah Barry won the 800-meter run in a tightly-contested race, decided by 0.02 seconds. Barry finished in 2:16.78 to Shugart's 2:16.80. Junior Allison Rue was third in 2:18.95 and Chapman was fourth in 2:19.54. Senior captain Gabriella Kelly was seventh in 2:20.70, 0.04 seconds in front of Christen Carrier of Stonehill. Freshman Alyssa Laguardia was 16th in 2:26.34, followed by Lovelace in 2:26.85 (17th), Epstein in 2:27.84 (20th), Donnelly in 2:32.32 (24th), O'Driscoll in 2:32.61 (25th), sophomore Amanda Snajder in 2:36.38 (28th) and sophomore Katie Chockley in 2:36.61 (29th). 

The Bulldog's fifth win of the day came in the 4x100-meter relay. Four Bulldogs combined to best the field of nine teams in 48.08, over a second faster than Hartford's team.

Yale jumpers had a strong showing at UConn with two second-place finishes. Freshman Alisha Jordan was second in the triple jump with a leap of 11.47m (37'7.75") and freshman Teresa Parent was third in 11.07m (36'4"). Another freshman, Elle Brunsdale claimed sixth (10.77m - 35'4") and sophomore Kristen Proe was seventh (10.75m - 35'3.25").

Junior Adele Jackson-Gibson was second in the long jump in 5.54m (18'2.25"). She was only one-quarter of an inch behind first place Jara Crear of Brown (5.55m - 18'2.50"). Parent tied for third with a leap of 5.42m (17'9.50"). Jordan was eighth in the event in 5.20m (17'0.75") and Brunsdale was 11th (4.95m - 16'3"). 

Additionally, Snajder tied for fourth in the high jump with a leap of 1.58m (5'2.25").

Jackson-Gibson closed out her banner day with a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash. She won her heat in 25.67, which was the second-fastest time across five heats. Ada Udaya of the University of New Haven won the first heat in 25.14. Monti was seventh in 26.35, Delemos was 9th in 27.33, Shulan was 10th in 27.39 and Mbaye was 16th in 27.79.

Yale also had several top-10 finishes in the hurdle events. Junior Dakota McCoy claimed second in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:05.07, followed by junior Jenna Poggi in third (1:06.24). In the 100-meter hurdles, Snajder was third in 15.51. Delemos was fifth in 16.53. 

In the 400-meter dash, sophomore Jenna Hessert was seventh in 1:02.82. Sophomore Anna McCahon was ninth in 1:04.87. The Yale 4x400-meter relay team placed third in 4:02.92.

Yale had several top-10 finishes in the throws as well. Freshman Korbin Richards had the best result of the day for the Bulldog throwers, placing sixth in the discus throw with a throw of 35.65m (116'11"). Junior Natalie Wedell was 10th with a toss of 30.04m (98'7"). 

In the hammer throw, junior Antonia Renker was eighth with a throw of 44.80m (147"). Wedell was 15th in 27.56m (90'5") and Richards was 16th in 27.47m (90'1").

The Bulldogs will next compete at the Sam Howell Invitational, hosted by Princeton University, on Apr. 6-7. 

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity

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