2 Bulldogs Qualify in 1500

Melissa Chapman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Melissa Chapman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Kayali, Chapman Move on to Finals

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Bulldogs continued competition today at the Intercollegiate Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships at Princeton, receiving several impressive results from its middle distance runners and sprinters.

The Bulldogs turned in a particularly strong performance in the 1500-meter run, with two entrants qualifying for the finals. Junior Nihal Kayali led the way, finishing fourth in 4:26.69. Sophomore Melissa Chapman was next, snatching the penultimate qualifying spot (11th) in a personal-best time of 4:28.57. Sophomore Sarah Barry was 18th (4:33.82).

In the sprints, Yale's 4x100-meter relay team nearly equaled its season-best. The team of junior Adele Jackson-Gibson, freshman Emily Cable, senior Emily Shulan and senior Alexa Monti produced a time of 47.26 to take 14th place. Jackson-Gibson also was 14th in the long jump with a leap of 5.40m (17'8.75"). The Bulldogs' other relay team, the 4x400-meter relay, finished 21st. Junior Allison Rue, Monti, senior Jenna Poggi and Cable put together a time of 3:53.53, about two seconds off of their season best.

Sophomore Amanda Snajder rode a series of outstanding efforts to improve from 13th place yesterday to 11th in the heptathlon. Snajder ran a season best in the 800-meter run (9th – 2:32.26) and leapt 12.83m (15'10.25") in the long jump to take 12th. But her biggest accomplishment was a 3.06m PR in the javelin through (28.72m – 94'03") to place seventh. Snajder's cumulative score of 4127 is 50 off of her personal best.

The IC4A meet concludes tomorrow afternoon, with Kayali and Chapman getting their shot to make the All-East team in the 1500-meter run at 12:30 p.m. Full results will be available afterward on www.yalebulldogs.com.

Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity