Look to Build on Penn Relays and Springtime Invite Momentum
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After many of the Yale women's track and field team's top athletes competed at the Penn Relays and the Yale Springtime Invitational last weekend, reaching a number of season and personal bests, they will return to Philadelphia this Saturday and Sunday to compete in the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. The Bulldogs will try to redeem an eighth-place finish at the 2011 Heps, a feat that looks increasingly possible given the team's renewed depth.
At the Penn Relays, the Bulldogs compiled a 4x400-meter relay team that placed fifth among seven Ivy League teams, edging Columbia by half a second (3:51.44 to 3:51.98). Junior Allison Rue, senior Alexa Monti, junior Jenna Poggi and freshman Emily Cable have been important relay contributors all season long and will look to lower their season best this weekend. The Bulldogs also bested the Big Green of Dartmouth (3:54.12). Freshman Kira Garry (3,000-meter steeplechase) and sophomore Melissa Chapman (3,000-meter run) also posted personal bests at the Penn Relays.
At Sunday's Springtime Invitational, the Bulldogs proved that they are peaking at the right time to enter the championship season. Rue (200-meter dash), freshman Ashleigh Delemos (100-meter dash and 100-meter hurdles), sophomore Teresa Parent (triple jump) and freshman Alisha Jordan (triple jump) all turned in their best performances of the season. Hopefully Yale's momentum can propel it to new heights at Heps.
Monti's time of 12.25 in the 100-meter dash ranks 11th in the Ivy League this season. Rue has run the ninth-fastest time in the 400-meter dash while junior Annelies Gamble is 12th in the 800-meter run. Junior Nihal Kayali ranks fourth and Gamble 12th for the season in the 1,500-meter run. Chapman is 18th in the event. In the 3,000-meter run, four Bulldogs have claimed spots three-six: Chapman, sophomore Liana Epstein, junior Elizabeth Marvin and Kayali, respectively. Marvin and Epstein are 10th and 11th in the 5,000-meter run. Senior Lindsey Raymond holds the seventh-fastest time in the 10,000-meter run with 35:47.98. Cable has thus far run the ninth-fastest time in the 400-meter hurdles while freshman Kira Garry is fifth-fastest in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 10:36.69. Yale's 4x100-meter relay team has the fourth-best time in what promises to be a very tight race. Sophomore Emily Urciuoli ranks eighth in the pole vault while junior Adele Jackson-Gibson has the fourth-best mark in the long jump. Parent and Jordan are eighth and ninth in the triple jump. Junior Antonia Renker ranks 11th in the hammer throw while junior Dakota McCoy is 11th in the javelin throw. Yale's depth, particularly in the distance events, will prove to be one of its strongest assets this weekend.
Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity