Personal Bests for Three Bulldogs in 1,500-Meter Run

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Caitlin Hudson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Four Others Place on Top-Ten Lists 

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—This Saturday marked the final day of Princeton University's Sam Howell Invitational. Though all athletes who competed gained an individual success in qualifying for the meet, Yale's 1,500-meter runners surpassed the rest. Of the four competitors in the race, three had the best performances of their collegiate careers, while the last saw an encouraging start as her first time competing in the event.

Finishing first of the 1,500-meter runners was junior Liana Epstein, completing the race in 4:40.61. She was followed by freshman Elizabeth McDonald at 4:41.44. Seniors Tori Flannery and Jennifer Donnelly—both competing in their final year of college track and field—finished in 4:46.66 and 4:47.96, respectively. Only one more Bulldog participated in a long distance race on Saturday—sophomore Kira Garry—who completed the 3,000-meter run in 9:53.84.

Four hurdlers took to the track at the meet. Junior Amanda Snajder finished the 100-meter hurdles in 15.30, placing 11th out of 28 competitors. Freshman Mackenzie Mathews finished closely behind her teammate, in 15.46, while senior Dakota McCoy claimed a time of 15.92 in her first competition of the season. As Yale's only participant in the 400-meter hurdles, senior Jenna Poggi placed 8th and finished in 1:03.73, less than two seconds off her personal best—a time that landed her on Yale's top ten lists last year.

In the day's sprints, freshman Sydney Cureton finished the 100-meter dash in 12.59. In addition, sophomore Emily Cable and freshman Shannon McDonnell represented their team in the 400-meter dash. Cable placed 9th in the race, overcoming the majority of her field with a finish of 56.34—a time that will place her in the 7th position on the top-ten lists for the outdoor season. McDonnell finished the race in 58.77, surpassing her best time of the indoor season. Meanwhile, the standout of the team's 800-meter runners was junior Sarah Barry, who finished 21st in 2:17.23. Seniors Caitlin Hudson (2:20.06) and Annelies Gamble (2:21.69) also participated in the middle-distance race. 

In addition to the hurdles, Snajder was also a contender in two field events: the high jump and long jump. She leapt 1.55m (5-01.00) in the high jump and 4.81m (15-09.50) in the long jump. Fellow junior Teresa Parent vied alongside Snajder in this second event, making a mark of 4.89m (16-00.50). Parent further competed in the triple jump, bounding 10.56m (34-07.75). Sophomore Alisha Jordan placed just above her with a mark of 11.05m (36-03.00), while junior Kristen Proe concluded the event with a distance of 10.22m (33-06.50).

Another success story of the day was junior Emily Urciuoli, who claimed 4th in the pole vault—the highest placement of any Bulldog on the second day of the meet. Urciouli's winning height was 3.40m (11-01.75). Though this mark would place her well into the top-ten lists, Urciouli already occupies the third position from her best performance to date in 2012. Freshman Renee Vogel—as Yale's second participant in the pole vault—also won a spot on the list. She cleared a height of 3.20m (10-06.00), earning her the 7th place position.

In addition to the discus throw completed on Friday, two Bulldogs competed in two more throwing events on Saturday. Freshman Karleh Wilson—already in possession of the Yale indoor track record for the shot put—also garnered herself a 6th place position in the event for the outdoor season. Her mark of 12.53 (41-01.50) won her 6th place. Meanwhile, junior Antonia Renker challenged her opponents as Yale's only competitor in the hammer throw, earning a mark of 42.97m (141-00).

Furthermore, two teams of Bulldogs competed together in the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays for the first time this season. Cureton, Mathews, Poggi, and junior Kelsey Lin comprised the squad for the shorter relay. Cureton, as the anchor of the bunch, crossed the line at 49.11. Finally, Yale's 4x400-meter relay team—including Cable, Lin, McDonnell, and Poggi—finished in 4th place out of 15 teams with its time of 3:53.70, less than two seconds off the ECAC qualifying standard. 

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity