Distance Runners Excel on First Day of Giegengack Invitational

Alisha Jordan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity0
Alisha Jordan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity0

 Donnelly, Distance Medley Team qualify for ECAC Championships

NEW HAVEN, Conn -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.

In the first event of the evening, the long jump, sophomore Alisha Jordan and junior Teresa Parent both put up marks of 16'7.60" (5.07m), earning them spots well above half of their field.  Junior Amanda Snajder and sophomore Elle Brunsdale also competed, with jumps of 16'5.24" (5.01m) and 16'.9" (4.90m), respectively.

Snajder also competed in the high jump, in which she and her teammate, freshman Megan Toon, both scored impressive marks of 5'1" (1.55m). Meanwhile, in the weight throw, Yale was represented by Antonia Renker with a heave of 43'8.41" (13.32m) and Taylor Eldridge with a toss of 42'.33" (12.81m).

The star performance of the evening came from senior Jennifer Donnelly in the 5,000-meter run. With her time of 17:31.23, Donnelly captured first place and a personal best. In addition, her time qualifies her to compete in the ECAC Championships.

In the 200-meter dash, five Bulldogs raced against a field of thirty-one challengers, three of who beat out over half their competition. Freshman Sydney Cureton placed eighth with a time of 26.22. She was followed by fellow freshman Mackenzie Mathews in twelfth place (26.72), and junior Kelsey Lin in fourteenth place (26.79).  Senior Dakota McCoy (27.66) and junior Kristen Proe (28.39) also completed the race. 

In the final event of the evening, the distance medley relay, Yale entered two teams. The first, comprised of seniors Caitlin Hudson and Allison Rue, junior Millie Chapman and freshman Shannon McDonnell, finished in second place at 12:01.38. This time easily meets the ECAC qualifying standard for the distance medley. Yale's second team also performed well, completing the race in fifth place with a time of 12:08.69. This team included seniors Tori Flannery, Elizabeth Marvin and Jenna Poggi and freshman Grace Brittan.

The Giegengack Invitation will continue tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. with the women's and men's shot put. Live results will be available at http://files.milesplit.us/live_results/133848/index.html.

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity