May 5, 2012

Two Score on First Day of Heps

PHILADELPHIA - On the first day of competition at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, the Yale women's track and field team garnered six points to sit in sixth place overall. The Bulldogs are tied with host Penn in sixth place and Dartmough has four points in eighth place. The team title is hotly contested after day one, with Cornell (39 points) barely edging Brown (38 points) so far. Only six events have been scored, since most of the day consisted of preliminary heats, with finals taking place tomorrow. Two Bulldogs scored points for the team competition, and one more advanced to tomorrow's finals. 

Senior Lindsey Raymond and junior Elizabeth Marvin went the distance in the 10,000-meter run, finishing fourth and fifth of 13 finishers. Raymond finished in 35:17.12 with Marvin on her heels in 35:22.59. Both times were personal records, more than thirty seconds faster than their previous races at the Raleigh Relays in March. Cornell, the 2011 Heps cross country champion, had two runners in the top three, with Katie Kellner winning in 34:07.85.

Junior Jenna Poggi competed in the 400-meter hurdles, placing third in her heat in 1:02.13 to secure an at-large bid into the final. Poggi beat her personal best in the event by over a second; she ran 1:03.36 at Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational last month. Freshman Emily Cabl was ninth overall in 1:03.40 and junior Dakota McCoy was 13th in 1:05.34.

In the 1,500-meter run, sophomore Sarah Barry was just 0.24 seconds shy of advancing to the final. She finished in 4:35.87 while the last at-large qualifier finished in 4:35.63.

Junior Adele Jackson-Gibson barely missed the podrium in the long jump. Her leap of 5.58m (18'3.75") was good for seventh place, with the top six finishers scoring points. Sixth-place Catherine Okoukoni of Penn turned in a mark of 5.64m (18'6").

Additionally, sophomore Amanda Snajder stands in sixth place in the heptathlon competition after the first four events. Her best outing so far has been in the 100-meter hurdles, where she claimed second by winning her heat in 14.89 (a personal record). She also tied for fifth in the high jump. 

Running events will start at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow and field events at 10:00 a.m. Live results are available here.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity