February 28, 2013

ECACs Approach for Qualifying Bulldogs

Yale Brings 16 Athletes to the Competition

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—This Friday through Sunday, the 2013 ECAC Track and Field Championships will be held in Boston. Yale will boast of 16 athletes competing in 10 events, all of who have already proven their worth by qualifying for the meet at some point this season.

Sophomore Emily Cable will be the team's sole representative in the 400-meter dash, after breaking the school record in the event at Yale's Giegengack Invitational this season with a time of 56.19. She will also compete in the 4x400-meter relay, joining junior Kelsey Lin, freshman Shannon McDonnell and senior Allison Rue. The team's time of 3:50.80 at the Boston University Terrier Classic is the third-fastest time in Yale history. 

Not only does Yale have the opportunity to enter a team in the 4x400-meter relay, but also the 4x800-meter. Though Yale's team consisting of McDonnell, junior Liana Epstein, senior Caitlin Hudson and senior Nihal Kayali, is less tested than the 4x400 team, its qualifying time of 9:24.23 at the Dartmouth/Columbia tri-meet earned a spot in this week's competition.

In addition, McDonnell has also qualified to compete in the 500-meter dash, 800-meter run, and distance medley relay along with teammates Rue, junior Millie Chapman, and senior Caitlin Hudson. These athletes competed together only once this season—but this did not stop them from ending the Giegengack Invitation with a qualifying time of 12:01.38. The distance medley relay consists of 1200-meter, 400-meter, 800-meter and 1600-meter legs.

Throughout the season, the Bulldogs saw the most success in the long distance running events. As a result, five athletes have qualified to compete in the 3000-meter run, the most of any event. Kayali leads the team with her time of 9:32.45. She claimed this new personal best just last week at Heps. She will be joined by Hudson, freshmen Elizabeth McDonald and Emily Stark, and sophomore Anna Demaree. Hudson has further qualified in the 1-mile race.

In addition to the 3000-meter event, Stark has qualified to compete in the longer 5000-meter race as well, along with seniors Jennifer Donnelly and Elizabeth Marvin. Meanwhile, Junior Amanda Snajder will test her newly demonstrated skills in the pentathlon. Her score of 3658 at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships easily qualified her to compete in this comprehensive event at ECACs.

Finally, Yale will bring two competitors to the field events of the weekend. Freshman Karleh Wilson claimed her spot in the shot put early this season when Yale hosted Dartmouth and Columbia and Coxe Cage. She holds the school record of 13.80m (45'3.31"). During the same meet, junior Emily Urciuoli exactly matched the qualifying pole vault standard of 3.60m (11'9.73") giving her the opportunity to compete this weekend.

The meet will begin at 4:00 p.m. this Friday with the heptathlon and pentathlon, and will continue at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. A complete schedule is available at http://static.psbin.com/q/o/7e0yahw0cjpygh/2013_INDOOR__Time_Schedule_FINAL.pdf. Results will be available at www.yalebulldogs.com at the end of each day.

Report by Maria Seravalli 16', Yale Sports Publicity