PRINCETON, N.J. - After a strong first day at Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational, the Bulldogs showed their depth during Saturday's competition. Several athletes had personal records in their events and both relay teams ran their fastest times of the season.
Junior Allison Rue was a team-high second in the 800-meter run in 2:11.43, a time that shattered her previous personal record of 2:18.95. She was bested only by Jenna Barretto of West Virginia, who finished in 2:11.22. The field featured 54 athletes.
Both Bulldogs who raced in the 400-meter hurdles finished in personal record times. Freshman Emily Cable was 16th overall in 1:02.57, among a very tight field that had four other athletes finish within 0.07 seconds of her time. Junior Jenna Poggi finished in 1:03.36 for 23rd place. Both were almost a second faster than their previous best times.
Sophomore Amanda Snajder was 18th in the 100-meter hurdles in 15.26, just missing a three-way tie for 19th at 15.27.
Senior sprinter Alexa Monti was 25th of 45 athletes in the 100-meter dash, finishing in 12.35. 15 other athletes were within a tenth of a second on either side of Monti, a testament to the size and competitiveness of the field.
Yale brought a sizeable contingent of distance racers despite Larry Ellis' prohibitive standards. Freshman Anna Demaree was 22nd in the 1,500-meter run in 4:45.96, a personal record by seven seconds. Sophomore Rachel O'Driscoll was 47th in 4:59.63, three seconds faster than her best from last month. In the 3,000-meter run, freshman Hannah Alpert was 17th in 10:35.04, another six seconds faster than her effort at Princeton's Sam Howell Invitational earlier in April. Junior Victoria Flannery was 19th in 10:37.60 and sophomore Clare Kane was 25th in 10:57.60.
Finally, Yale's relay teams both posted ECAC-qualifying times on Saturday. The 4x100-meter relay team of Cable, Jackson-Gibson, Monti and senior Emily Shulan finished in 47.12, the team's fastest time so far this season. Their time was good for eighth place in the 20-team field. The 4x400-meter relay team placed 10th in 3:51.83, just a hundredth of a second below the qualifying standard. Cable, Monti, Poggi and Rue each completed a lap to finish 10th overall. A second Yale team of junior Annelies Gamble, senior captain Gabriella Kelly, junior Dakota McCoy and Snajder finished in 4:04.80 for 24th place.
Several Bulldogs will compete next weekend at the historic Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Yale will also host the Springtime Invitational next Sunday, Apr. 29.
Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity