February 24, 2013

Bulldogs Score in Five Events on Second Day of Heps

Wilson, McDonnell, Finish 4th in Shot Put and 800-Meter Run

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—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.

In Saturday's races, Cable and McDonnell both placed in the top eight in the 400-meter dash and 800-meter run, respectively. Their performances allowed them to advance to the finals on Sunday. In the 400-meter dash, Cable came very near breaking her own record set earlier in the season at the annual Giegengack Invitational. Her time of 56.31 scored her 6th place and 1 point. Meanwhile, McDonnell's 4th place finish of 2:15.64 contributed 4 points to team's overall score.

The 3000-meter run has been an event in which the Bulldogs have exceled this season. Heps was no exception, as the meet brought two new personal bests for senior Nihal Kayali and sophomore Anna Demaree, both of whom have already qualified for the ECAC Championship meet.  Kayali placed 5th out of twenty-three competitors, finishing in 9:32.45 and gaining the Bulldogs 2 points, while Demaree sustained her streak of steady improvement, coming in at 9:56.70.  Freshman Elizabeth McDonald will also continue her season at ECACs next week, as an impressive performance at the HYP tri-meet earned her a spot in the championship meet earlier this season. McDonald finished today's race in 10:20.17. Senior Tori Flannery also competed, running a time of 10:25.95. 

Three field events were completed on Sunday: the high jump, triple jump, and shot put. Sophomore Alisha Jordan placed 9th in the triple jump with a distance of 11.25m (36'11.00), while junior Kristen Proe leapt 10.75m (35'03.25). Freshman Megan Toon tied her personal best mark of 1.60m (5'03.00) in the high jump. Similarly, Freshman Karleh Wilson also gained a new personal best in the shot put with her throw of 13.80m (45'03.50). Remarkably, Wilson already held the all-time Yale record for the shot put, and so her new mark will only further raise the standard. With her performance, she earned the team 4 points and secured herself the 4th place position out of 16 contenders. Having qualified with a previous performance at the Dartmouth/ Columbia tri-meet, she will travel to Massachusetts again to compete at ECACs next week. Wilson will undoubtedly be one athlete to keep a close watch on as the outdoor season approaches.

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity