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A Day of Personal Bests for Yale Women's Track and Field

Amanda Snajder. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Amanda Snajder. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

The Bulldogs Compete at Boston University

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- Friday, Yale Women's Track and Field tested their prowess at Boston University's Terrier Invitational, a meet in which six of the seven Ivies competed. Still, the Bulldogs proved they could match the other teams, with competitors in many events setting new personal and season bests. Senior Jenna Poggi summed up the meet, saying, "the performances that we saw today…were really strong indicators of a successful season ahead, especially competing against the other Ivy League schools."

In the 60-meter dash, freshman Sydney Cureton placed first in her heat while setting a new season best with a time of 7.89. Cureton also ran in the 200-meter, finishing in 26.08.  Junior Kelsey Lin also competed in the event, placing second in her heat with a time of 25.98. Leading the team in the 200 was sophomore Emily Cable, who set a new personal best with a time of 25.28.

Yale had four participants in the 400-meter dash. Senior captain Allison Rue placed nineteenth out of over 90 sprinters, and finished with a time of 57.29. She was pursued by junior Kristen Proe, who came in at 1:00.09. Freshman Grace Brittan and junior Jenna Hessert both performed well in the race, setting new personal records for the 2013 indoor season. Brittan completed the sprint in 1:00.30, while Hessert finished at 1:02.23. Yale's 4x400 relay team also met with success, placing eighth out of 41.

Yale's sole runner in the 500-meter dash, freshman Shannon McDonnell, outperformed nearly her entire field of 49 competitors, placing fifth with a time of 1:14.58. Additionally, yet another personal best was set in the 800-meter run by junior Amanda Snajder, who finished in 2.25.20. Leading the run was sophomore Elle Brunsdale at 2:18.64, followed by freshman Anna-Sophie Harling at 2:26.67.

Yale's speedy team showed no signs of slowing when it came to the meet's distance events, either. In the 1-mile run, senior Jennifer Donnelly set a new personal best, finishing ahead of more than two-thirds of the field with a time of 5:07.29. Meanwhile freshmen Emily Stark kept close to her teammate, finishing in 5:09.31.

In the longest race of the evening, the 3000-meter run, Yale boasted four finishers with times that beat out more than half of the competition. Leading the squad was senior Caitlin Hudson with a time of 9:55.27, narrowly trailed by sophomore Anna Demaree, who finished at 9:58.07. Freshmen Elizabeth McDonald finished in 10:06.87, while senior teammate Tori Flannery claimed a time of 10:10.77.

Freshman Mackenzie Mathews, junior Amanda Snajder, senior Dakota McCoy, and sophomore Elle Brunsdale all represented Yale in the 60-meter hurdles. Mathews was first of the four, finishing at 9.13, while Snajder came in at 9.36, adding yet another notable time after her impressive 500-meter performance. McCoy finished in 9.38, while Brunsdale completed the sprint in 10.44.

Finally, Yale was not to be beat in the field events. Though only two Bulldogs participated—freshmen Megan Toon and junior Emily Urciuoli—neither woman was to be outshone. Toon placed ahead of over half of her competitors in the high jump with a distance of 1.60m, while Urciuoli placed fifth in the pole vault with a jump of 3.50m.

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity