McDonnell, Kayali Qualify for ECACs
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—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.
Still, Yale's inspiring performances did not end there. Junior Emily Urciuoli nabbed first place in the pole vault with a mark of 11'9.7" (3.60m). Freshman Renee Vogel also competed, jumping an impressive 10'4" (3.15m).
In the shot put, three of Yale's four participants gained new personal bests. Freshman Karleh Wilson came up with yet another notable mark of 43'1" (13.12m), landing her third place. Fellow freshman Taylor Eldridge raked in points for the team as well. She finished in seventh place with a heave of 38'7.4" (11.77m), setting a new personal best. Also claiming their best marks to date were junior Amanda Snajder at 30'1.4" (9.18m) and sophomore Elle Brunsdale with a toss of 27'10.6" (8.50m).
Yale's two participants in the triple jump were similarly hard to miss. Sophomore Alisha Jordan's leap of 37'4" (11.38m) secured her second place, while teammate Kristen Proe followed narrowly behind in third place, with a mark of 36'5.8" (11.12m).
Amanda Snajder, competing in one of three events for the day, also represented the Bulldogs in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles. Her time of 9.32 in the preliminary race scored her the spot. Freshman Mackenzie Mathews finished just one second behind her teammate at 9.33. Snajder and Mathews were trailed by senior Dakota McCoy (9.44), and sophomore Elle Brunsdale, who claimed a new personal best with a time of 10.16.
Yale's two competitors in the 60-meter dash, freshman Sydney Cureton and junior Kelsey Lin, both advanced to finals. Cureton placed fourth with a finishing time of 7.91, and Lin set a new personal best in sixth place at 8.03.
When it came the longer distance events of the day, the Bulldogs turned up the heat, starting with the 1-mile run. Nearly all of the six competitors representing Yale in the race won out over half of the field. Leading the pack was senior Caitlin Hudson, who set a new personal best with her third place finish of 4:59.34. Closely behind in fourth place was fellow senior Elizabeth Marvin at 5:03.36, and freshman Elizabeth McDonald in seventh place with a time of 5:07.26, also earning her a new personal best. Also competing were senior Tori Flannery at 5:10.18, freshman Isabel Amend at 5:15.86, and sophomore Hannah Alpert with a time of 5:17.19. Both Amend and Alpert claimed personal bests with their finishing times.
Yale's sole competitor in the 500-meter dash, Jenna Hessert, finished in 1:23.04. Meanwhile, in the 800-meter run, freshman Shannon McDonnell qualified to compete in the ECAC Championships and set a new personal best with her first place finish of 2:13.75. Her teammate, freshman Anna-Sophie Harling, also secured a personal best, finishing in 2:20.51. In addition, senior Nihal Kayali met yet another qualifying standard in the 3,000-meter run. Kayal's season best time of 9:36.47 not only sends her to the ECAC Champisonships, but also won her first place at this weekend's meet. Senior Phoebe Gaston also competed in the 3,000-meter run, and set a new personal best with her time of 11:02.51.
Finally, in the last event of the evening, Yale's 4x400-meter relay team—comprised of seniors Jenna Poggi and Allison Rue, sophomore Emily Cable, and junior Kelsey Lin—captured the top spot out of fourteen other teams. The team finished in a speedy 3:54.38.
Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity