January 12, 2013

Wilson Impresses in Shot Put at Yale Invitational

Bulldogs Post Plethora of College Bests

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.

Many Bulldogs turned in college-best performances, notably freshman Karleh Wilson, who posted the fourth-best throw in Yale history in the shot put. Her toss of 42'6.25" (12.96m) is the best throw that Yale has recorded since 2006, and is less than two feet off the school record of 44'1.25". Wilson was fourth in the event on Saturday, just 0.5" behind third-place Victoria Buhr of Brown. Wilson was also 16th of 24 athletes in the weight throw; her mark was 37'8.5" (11.49m). Senior Antonia Renker also competed in the weight throw; she placed seventh with a heave of 44'11" (13.69m).

Sophomore Alisha Jordan turned in a personal best in the triple jump. Her leap of 38'6.75" (11.75m) was good for third in the field of 15, and is fifth-best on Yale's all-time list. Jordan also competed in the long jump, where she placed ninth with a leap of 16'7.25" (5.06m). Sophomore Elle Brunsdale placed sixth in the long jump in 16'8.5" (5.09m) and sophomore Emily Cable placed 11th in 16'2.25" (4.93m).

Yale also had top-five finishes in the other two jumping events. Junior Emily Urciuoli was fourth in the pole vault with a leap of 11'3.75" (3.45m). Freshman Renee Vogel was sixth with a mark of 9'10" (3.00m). In the high jump, freshman Megan Toon improved upon her mark last month with a result of 5'3" (1.6m), good for fifth place.

The Bulldogs posted five top-two results in the running events. Senior Caitlin Hudson, competing for the first time since the cross country season, won the one mile run in her personal-best 5:03.36. She just barely outlasted Brianne Mirecki of Williams to win by 0.6 seconds. Seniors Jennifer Donnelly and Tori Flannery also turned in personal bests in the event; Donnelly was fifth in 5:15.38 and Flannery was sixth in 5:16.14. Yale's distance medley relay team also prevailed, with the quartet of freshmen Isabel Amend, Anna-Sophie Harling, Shannon McDonnell and Emily Stark combining for a time of 12:29.02 to beat the five other teams.

Another distance runner, sophomore Anna Demaree, was second in the 3,000-meter run in 10:03.61, her collegiate-best time in the event.  In the 800-meter run, senior captain Allison Rue placed second out of 31 competitors in 2:19.20. She beat Mara Lieberman of Fordham by 0.06 seconds. Senior Jenna Poggi was fourth in the event in 2:22.46. Another second-place finish belonged to Cable, who won her heat of the 400-meter dash in 58.79. 44 athletes participated in the event. McDonnell also competed, placing sixth with a time of 59.64.

In the two short sprints, three Bulldogs advanced to the final heats. First, freshman Mackenzie Mathews and junior Amanda Snajder competed in the 60-meter hurdles. Mathews was fourth in 9.19 and Snajder was sixth in 9.36, both times faster than their preliminary efforts. Additionally, freshman Sydney Cureton was fifth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.11.

The Bulldogs will now enter the regular season and Ivy League competition. They will host Dartmouth and Columbia at home in the annual tri-meet on Jan. 20.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity