2012-13 Yale Women's Track and Field News

August 1, 2013
Bulldogs Earn All-Academic Team Honors; Post Top GPA in League
The Yale women's track and field team has earned All-Academic Team honors from the USTFCCCA for 2012-13. The organization announced the winners on July 24, and Yale earned recognition for a 3.54 GPA that placed the Bulldogs first in the Ivy League and sixth in the nation. The Bulldogs' GPA was .13 better than the next-best Ivy League school.

June 28, 2013
McCoy Named Second Team Academic All-American
Dakota McCoy ‘13 of the Yale women’s track and field team has earned another major award for her academic achievements, as she was named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Second Team on Thursday.

May 30, 2013
McCoy Named Academic All-District 1
Dakota McCoy has added another academic award to her already impressive resume, earning women’s track/cross country first team Academic All-District 1 honors.

May 25, 2013
Kayali Races in 5,000-Meter Run at NCAA Regionals
This Saturday, graduated senior Nihal Kayali faced off against competitors from the east region at the NCAA Regional meet. Though Kayali did not qualify to continue on to the semi final round in Eugene, O.R., she can return home with her head held high after a productive season, and one in which she discovered her talent for longer races.

May 24, 2013
Garry Competes in Steeplechase at NCAA Regionals
This Friday, one member of Yale track and field competed for a chance to continue on in NCAA Championships at the NCAA East Regional meet. Sophomore Kira Garry was the first of two Bulldogs to compete at the meet, with her teammate and cross country captain, senior Nihal Kayali, set to run in the 5,000-meter run on Saturday. Although Garry put up a fight in her signature event, the 3,000-meter steeplechase, her field of competitors was by far one of the toughest she has seen this year, and she missed qualifying for the semifinal round at the National Championships, to be raced in Eugene, Ore. in June. Her time of 10:38.28 was good for 14th place in her heat.

May 22, 2013
NCAA Regionals Approach for Two Dedicated Bulldogs
The first day of the NCAA Division I Track and Field East Preliminary Round will kick off this Thursday. Two Bulldogs will be participating, having placed among the top 48 competitors in the East Region for their events. Graduating senior Nihal Kayali—a versatile distance runner—will compete in the 5,000-meter run on Saturday, while rising junior Kira Garry, also successful in many distance events, will take on her challengers in the 3,000-meter steeplechase on Friday.

May 18, 2013
Yale Honors Seven Seniors and One Team with Annual Awards at Senior Reception
Seven seniors and one team were honored by the Yale Athletics Department with awards at the annual senior student-athlete reception Saturday afternoon at the Lanman Center in Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The women’s fencing team earned the Brodhead Award for highest team grade point average. Sam Haig (Greenwich, Conn.) of the men’s squash team, Heather May (Newport Beach, Calif.) of the coed and women’s sailing teams and Alyssa Zupon (Basking Ridge, N.J.) of the women’s ice hockey team were the recipients of the Ford Student-Athlete Community Outreach Award. Dakota McCoy (Wexford, Pa.) of the women’s track and field team and Patrick O’Keefe (Pittsford, N.Y.) of the lightweight crew team were the recipients of the Kiphuth Student-Athlete Distinction Award. Lexy Adams (Lancaster, Pa.) of the field hockey team and Collin Bibb (San Antonio, Texas) of the football team were the recipients of the Meyer Humanitarian Award.

May 16, 2013
Garry, Kayali Qualify for NCAA Regionals
This Thursday, the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championship committee announced the athletes who had qualified to compete in the NCAA Championship season, beginning on May 23rd. Representing the Bulldogs in the preliminary round of competition, the East Regional Championships, will be sophomore Kira Garry in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and senior Nihal Kayali in the 5,000-meter run.

May 12, 2013
McDonald Places Fourth in ECAC 3,000-Meter Run
On the third and final day of the ECAC Championships this Sunday, three Yale women’s track and field members represented their school. Overall, the team finished 30th out of 54 entered competitors.

May 11, 2013
4x400-Meter Relay Team Secures New Best Time
This Saturday marked the second of three competition days of the Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championships. The Bulldogs competed in only two events, with the remainder to be contended on Sunday.

May 10, 2013
Garry, Kayali Place on First Day of ECACs
This Friday marked the start of the ECAC Championships for Yale women’s track and field. Three long distance events, the discus throw, and four of the heptathlon’s seven events were competed, all of which were final rather than preliminary rounds.

May 9, 2013
Three Receive Awards at Annual Track Banquet
This past Tuesday, Yale women’s track and field hosted its annual banquet to celebrate the end of the season, choose the team captain for the upcoming year, and announce the past year’s awardees. Though the majority of the team’s season ended last weekend with the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, a few will go on to compete in the ECAC Championship meet this upcoming weekend. Among these qualifying athletes are all three Bulldogs who received awards at the banquet.

May 9, 2013
Thirteen Individuals Eligible for ECAC Championships
This weekend, thirteen Bulldogs will once again journey to Princeton, this time to compete in the ECAC Championships. This meet will be the last of the year for all but the few who qualify to compete in the NCAA East Regional meet later in May.

May 9, 2013
Snajder Elected Women's Track and Field Captain
Last Tuesday at the annual track and field banquet, junior Amanda Snajder was voted by her teammates as Yale women’s track and field captain for the 2013-2014 season. Snajder is a member of Berkley College from Monroe, Conn. and is majoring in history of science and history of medicine. She was also awarded the Stroube Family Award at the banquet for her outstanding sportsmanship, courage, and inspiration.

May 5, 2013
Jordan Places Fourth in Triple Jump on Day Two of Heps
With this Sunday came the final day of the Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championships for women’s track and field. Excluding athletes who have qualified for the ECAC Championships next weekend, the meet was the last for the majority of the team.

May 4, 2013
Mathews Breaks School Record in 100-Meter Hurdles
This Saturday marked the first day of the Outdoor Ivy League Heptagonal Championships for Yale women’s track and field. Most of the preliminary event rounds were competed on Saturday, while final rounds and some additional events will be run on Sunday. Yale had three qualifying participants who will again lace up their spikes for tomorrow’s competition.

May 2, 2013
Heps to be Hosted by Princeton this Weekend
Yale track and field will compete in the first of the championship meets for the outdoor season this weekend. The 2013 Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championships will be hosted by Princeton at Weaver Stadium.

April 28, 2013
Mathews, Cureton Excel at Springtime Invitational
This Sunday, Yale hosted the Springtime Invitational at Cuyler Athletic Complex and Dwyer Track. After a small portion of the team competed at Penn Relays earlier in the week, the meet was a chance for the rest of the Bulldogs to get one last race in before the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships next weekend.

April 26, 2013
Jordan Takes Fourth in Triple Jump at Penn Relays
After ten members of women's track and field competed at Philadelphia's Penn Relays on Thursday, only one lone Bulldog remained to demonstrate her athletic ability. Sophomore Alisha Jordan took her place at the start of the triple jump. Of 28 contenders, Jordan placed fourth-overcoming athletes from both the University of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth. Her impressive final mark met the distance of 12.09m (39-8).

April 25, 2013
Kayali Posts New Best Mark at Penn Relays
This Thursday concluded the Yale's first day of competition at the Penn Relays. Ten Bulldogs made the trip to Philadelphia to compete in the large meet, which includes divisions for masters and high school runners. Though those participating had to first meet steep entry standards, the day brought notable accomplishments for a few individuals of women's track and field.

April 23, 2013
Eleven Elite Track and Field Members Travel to Penn Relays
This Thursday and Friday, 11 members of Yale women’s track and field will travel to Philadelphia, to compete in the nation’s oldest and largest track and field contest. The Penn Relays span from Tuesday to Saturday and include athletes of all ages, including high school and masters divisions. In addition to all eight Ivy League Schools, hundreds of teams will compete, including some traveling from outside the continental United States. Such a massive field necessitates steeper entry standards than have been seen so far this season. Thus, the meet is a great opportunity for the few Bulldogs making the trip to compete among upwards of 100,000 athletes.

April 20, 2013
Second Day of Larry Ellis Brings Two Personal Bests
This Saturday concluded the second day of the Larry Ellis Invitational. The meet was one with qualifying standards hosted by Princeton University. After seven bulldogs competed on Friday, the rest of Yale track and field stepped up to the track the following day.

April 19, 2013
Seven Contend on Day One of Larry Ellis Invite
This Friday marked the end of the first day of the Larry Ellis Invitational, hosted by Princeton University. Seven Bulldogs took to the track on Friday, including four 5,000-meter competitors.

April 18, 2013
Bulldogs Headed to Princeton for Larry Ellis Invitational
This Friday and Saturday, Yale track and field will return to Princeton, N.J. just two weeks after the Sam Howell Invitational, this time for the Larry Ellis Invitational, another meet with qualifying standards for entry. With a large field of teams, including all Ivy League schools, the meet will undoubtedly provide a valuable opportunity for the Bulldogs to get a sense of where they stand in their division as the championship season encroaches.

April 16, 2013
Six Take Top Spots at Cambridge/Oxford Meet
This Tuesday, a team comprised of athletes from Yale and Harvard triumphed over the team from Oxford and Cambridge. At the day’s end, the overall team score stood at 38-11, while the women’s team score was 14-5.

April 15, 2013
Biennial Meet with Harvard Against Cambridge/ Oxford Held in Boston
This Tuesday, the Yale track and field team will put aside its rivalry with Harvard for one brief, but deeply traditional meet. The Bulldogs and Crimson will be pitted against athletes from Cambridge and Oxford in the 44th biennial meet of its kind. The competition is the oldest international series; it began in 1899, two years before the modern day Olympics. The meet is held every two years at alternating locations in both countries. This year, the four teams will compete in Boston at Harvard’s McCurdy Track. In addition to taking the meet the last time it was held, the teams from the two Ivy League schools have triumphed over their English rivals a majority of years. The meet uses traditional British scoring, meaning the first-place finisher in each event will score one point for his/her team.

April 13, 2013
Wilson, Urciuoli, Chapman Place First at Harvard Dual Meet
The annual dual meet between Harvard and Yale concluded today. Harvard took the meet with 89 points, while Yale scored 69 points overall. Still, the team walked away with widespread first-place finishes and personal accomplishments.

April 11, 2013
Yale Hosts Dual Meet with Harvard
This Saturday, Yale will host its first meet of the year at its outdoor track and field facility, Cuyler Athletic Complex. The meet is a dual meet with Harvard, steeped in the tradition of a long-standing rivalry.

April 10, 2013
McCoy Clears Every Hurdle
To say that senior Dakota McCoy has a lot on her plate would be an understatement. While achieving high academic honors in her double majors of ecology and evolutionary biology, McCoy also makes time to compete in hurdles and javelin events on the Yale track team, performs and travels with a Yale women’s a cappella singing group, and, until recently, worked in the paleontology division at the Peabody Museum. Add to this her latest achievement – receiving a Rhodes Scholarship to study environmental science at Oxford University in the fall.

April 6, 2013
Personal Bests for Three Bulldogs in 1,500-Meter Run
This Saturday marked the final day of Princeton University’s Sam Howell Invitational. Though all athletes who competed gained an individual success in qualifying for the meet, Yale’s 1,500-meter runners surpassed the rest. Of the four competitors in the race, three had the best performances of their collegiate careers, while the last saw an encouraging start as her first time competing in the event.

April 5, 2013
Five Bulldogs Open Sam Howell Invite
The first day of the Sam Howell Invitational, hosted by Princeton University, concluded this Friday. Five Bulldogs participated in the day's events. Freshman Karleh Wilson met a mark of 41.06 (134-08) in the discus throw, a new personal best. Senior Antonia Renker also competed, finishing with a heave of 34.34 (113-00).

April 4, 2013
Bulldogs Set to Compete at Princeton
Yale track and field will journey to Princeton this weekend for the school's annual Sam Howell Invitational. Princeton will welcome athletes from more than 51 schools. The meet is one with entry standards and maximum field sizes, limiting the number of athletes that will be competing this weekend.

March 23, 2013
Three Distance Runners Outperform in 10,000-Meter Run
Yale track and field concluded its first meet of the outdoor season on Saturday. Though a few individual performances stood out in various events, the distance runners stole the day. As the team spent the week before its first meet training in the chilly air of Virginia, these performances may mark the beginning of a successful season for many Bulldogs once they begin to cut back on workouts for individual meets.

March 21, 2013
Outdoor Track and Field Season Carries Fresh Opportunity
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—After a week spent recharging from the indoor season, Yale track and field is ready to begin its outdoor season with the Tribe Invitational Meet this Saturday, hosted by the college of William and Mary in Virginia. The Bulldogs have been training as a team at the college in Williamsburg since the start of the week.

March 2, 2013
Cable, Donnelly, McDonnell Take on Day One of ECACs
Three Bulldogs had the chance to flaunt their talents in the meet on the first day of the ECAC Championships this Saturday. The meet concluded with the University of Connecticut in first place with 38.50 points scored in 6 events. Sophomore Emily Cable—after breaking a school record held since 1982 at this season’s Giegengack Invitational—yet again topped the list. She finished the 400-meter dash in 56.18, just one-hundredth of a second quicker than her previously set record.

February 28, 2013
ECACs Approach for Qualifying Bulldogs
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—This Friday through Sunday, the 2013 ECAC Track and Field Championships will be held in Boston. Yale will boast of 16 athletes competing in 10 events, all of who have already proven their worth by qualifying for the meet at some point this season.

February 24, 2013
Bulldogs Score in Five Events on Second Day of Heps
The final day of the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships concluded today with the 4x400-meter event. Yale’s team, including senior captain Allison Rue, freshman Shannon McDonnell, junior Kelsey Lin and sophomore Emily Cable, has already met the ECAC qualifying standard. Still, these four Bulldogs finished the meet off powerfully with a time of 3:51.99, earning them 4th place and 4 points for the team. In addition to Amanda Snajder’s 4 points won in her striking pentathlon performance on Saturday, the team compiled 15 additional points on Sunday. Overall, the Bulldogs scored 19 points and placed 7th. Harvard University won the meet with 117 points, while Cornell placed second with 112.6 points.

February 23, 2013
Snajder Breaks School Record in the Pentathlon on First Day of Heps
Yale women’s track and field finished the first day of the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships this Saturday tied for 7th place with the University of Pennsylvania. Both teams scored 4 points in the 5 scored events of the day. All of Yale’s points were claimed by junior Amanda Snajder, who placed fourth in the pentathlon—an event comprised of the shot put, long jump, high jump, 60-meter hurdles, and 800-meter run. After a notable performance last year scored Snajder the seventh-fastest time in Yale history, she has yet again rewritten the Yale records. This time, Snajder claims the top spot, previously set in 1991. Snajder’s composite score of 3658 was boosted by a 5th place finish in the shot put (10.52m or 34’06.25), long jump (5.43m or 17’09.75) and high jump (1.64m or 5’04.50), and an impressive third place finish in the 60-meter hurdles (8.93). Her score also qualifies her to compete in the ECAC championships in Boston on March 2nd and 3rd.

February 21, 2013
Ivy League Heptagonal Championships Finally Approach
This Saturday and Sunday, Yale track and field takes to the Albert H. Gordon Track in Cambridge, Mass., to compete in the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. The annual championship meet will be hosted by Harvard this year, and will be the last meet of the indoor track season for some competitors, with the exception of those who have qualified for the upcoming ECAC Championships.

February 9, 2013
Yale to Clash with Long-Time Rivals at HYP
Yale women’s track and field is anxiously awaiting its last meet before the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships this weekend. On Saturday, the Bulldogs will compete in Princeton, N.J., against fellow Ivies Princeton and Harvard. The meet is one steeped in tradition and anticipation.

February 9, 2013
Hurdler Mackenzie Mathews Shines at HYP Tri-Meet
This Saturday, the Yale women’s track and field team braved a blizzard to travel to Princeton, N.J. for its annual meet with fellow Ivies Princeton and Harvard. Though the Bulldogs finished in third, the meet was one to remember for a few exceptional runners, including freshman Mackenzie Mathews. In the finals of the 60-meter hurdles, Mathews placed first with a time of 8.94, marking a new personal best. When asked about how she prepared for her impressive race, Mathews said, “Personally, I focused on my pre-meet mindset today by listening to (a) meditation podcast before I raced. Managing nerves is a major part of competing and combined with a hard season of training, it paid off for me well today.”

February 2, 2013
Cable Breaks School Record in 400-Meter Dash at Coxe Cage
Just two short weeks after freshman Karleh Wilson broke a school record in the shot put, Yale’s records have yet again been shattered. On the second day of this weekend’s Giegengack Invitational, sophomore Emily Cable finished the 400-meter dash in second place at 56.19. This time not only sets a new school record—breaking the previous one set in 1982—but also qualifies her to compete at the ECAC Championships. Senior Jenna Poggi also met with success in the race, setting a new personal best with her time of 59.52. Also competing was freshman Grace Brittan (1:01.90) and junior Amanda Snajder, who set yet another personal best with her time of 1:02.65.

February 1, 2013
Bulldogs Gear Up for the Giegengack Invitational at Coxe Cage
NEW HAVEN, Conn -This Friday, the Bulldogs will kick off their ninth annual Giegengack Invitational, a two-day meet hosted by Yale track and field and named for former coach Bob Giegengack. Events will begin at Coxe Cage on Friday with the Men’s and Women’s long jump at 5:00 p.m. Field events will continue on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with the shot put. Most running events will take place on Saturday, excluding the previous day’s 5,000-meter run, 200-meter sprint, and distance medleys.

February 1, 2013
Distance Runners Excel on First Day of Giegengack Invitational
Yale Women’s Track and Field turned out solid performances on the first day of the Giegengack Invitational, held at Coxe Cage. The team had the chance to test their skill against many teams not from the Ivy League, including La Salle, Colgate, Quinnipiac, Monmouth, St. Joseph’s, and others. Still, the Bulldogs did more than hold their own against the competition, coming out on top in the day’s distance events.

January 20, 2013
Wilson Breaks School Record in Shot Put
After a day of competition at Coxe Cage on Sunday, Yale’s record books are completely rewritten: freshman Karleh Wilson walked away with a new school record to her name in the shot put. Three others set top-10 marks. Over all, the Bulldogs won four events and took second in four others to score 45 points in the annual tri-meet against Columbia and Dartmouth.

January 17, 2013
Track and Field to Host Columbia, Dartmouth
The Yale women’s track and field team will welcome squads from Columbia and Dartmouth to Coxe Cage this Sunday as Ivy League competition begins in the 2013 season. This is the first scored meet the Bulldogs will compete in this year, and they will get a chance to hone their competitive spirits before diving into championship season in late February. Columbia has not yet participated in any meets this season, and will shake off the winter rust this weekend.

January 15, 2013
Yale Hosts High School Invitational this Weekend at Coxe Cage
Yale University hosts its annual High School Track and Field Classic at Coxe Cage this Friday and Saturday. Click on the links below for further information:

January 12, 2013
Wilson Impresses in Shot Put at Yale Invitational
The Yale women’s indoor track and field team hosted the annual Yale Collegiate Invitational on Saturday. The unscored meet gave the Bulldogs a chance to compete against regional teams such as Brown, Central Connecticut, University of New Haven, Sacred Heart, Wheaton and Williams.

January 10, 2013
Women's Track and Field Kicks Off 2013
After a long winter break, the Yale women's track and field team will start its 2013 season at home when it hosts the Yale Invitational on Saturday at Coxe Cage in New Haven. Regional teams will compete against the Bulldogs as a chance to gauge their winter training and gear up for the Ivy League competition that awaits.

January 9, 2013
Ybarra Joins Staff as Throws Coach
John Ybarra, a 2012 US Olympic Trials competitor who has also competed in the shot put at the last three USA track and field championships, has joined the Yale track and field staff as throws coach.

December 9, 2012
Freshmen Shine in Season Opener
The Yale women’s track and field team competed in its first meet of the year on Saturday at Coxe Cage. Though the meet was unscored, the Bulldogs did not hold anything back from competition, as six won their events and four added their names to the Yale record lists. In particular, the freshmen class turned in several solid performances for the Bulldogs.

December 5, 2012
Bulldogs Take to the Track
The members of the Yale women’s track and field team will lace up their spikes for the first time this season when the Bulldogs host the annual Yale Season Opener on Saturday at Coxe Cage. Saturday marks the end of a long off-season for all but the cross country runners, who will take the rest of the year off before diving into indoor competition in the New Year. This year’s squad boasts a deep roster with a talented complement of freshmen.

November 20, 2012
McCoy Wins Rhodes Scholarship
Senior Dakota McCoy, a hurdler and thrower on the women’s track and field team, has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship for her outstanding academic and personal achievements. At Yale, she is a leader both on and off the track: she has conducted research in the fields of ecology, primate cognition, and evolutionary biology, resulting in several peer-reviewed publications, in addition to her commitment as a freshman counselor in Branford College. McCoy is also a member of Whim ‘n Rhythm and won the Francis Gordon Brown Prize for the class of 2013, awarded to the member of the class who best upholds the standards of intellectual ability, high personhood, capacity for leadership and service to the University set by Francis Gordon Brown of the class of 1901. Her previous academic honors include a Goldwater Scholarship and membership in Phi Beta Kappa.

September 19, 2012
Track and Field Welcomes Class of 2016
The Yale women’s cross country and track and field class of 2016 consists of 13 athletes representing three countries and nine states. They include an Australian Junior National champion, a top-15 finisher at the FootLocker Northeast Regional meet, a three-time competitor at New Balance Nationals, a Colorado state record holder and a high jumper ranked in the top five for her age group in the UK.