Long Distance Runners Thrive at Season's Start
NEW HAVEN, Conn.-This Saturday, Yale will host its first meet of the year at its outdoor track and field facility, Cuyler Athletic Complex. The meet is a dual meet with Harvard, steeped in the tradition of a long-standing rivalry.
Though only two meets into the outdoor season, Yale's long distance runners have already proven themselves prepared. The team members who competed in the indoor season—including sophomores Hannah Alpert and Anna Demaree, seniors Jennifer Donnelly and Tori Flannery and freshman Elizabeth McDonald have also been standouts in their outdoor events. Those testing their spikes for the first time this year—such as juniors Millie Chapman and Liana Epstein, and sophomore Kira Garry—have started the season similarly well. Specific accomplishments include personal bests in the 1,500-meter run for Donnelly, Epstein and Flannery. In addition, McDonald has turned out promising performances in both meets so far—in both the 1,500-meter run and 10,000-meter run.
Furthermore, some Bulldogs have already placed on the top-10 lists this season. Freshman Karleh Wilson, already the record-holder in the shot put for the indoor season, also placed on the list for outdoor track the past two weeks in a row. She further joined freshman Taylor Eldridge on the list for the discus throw.
Yet another Bulldog who claimed her title this past indoor season was sophomore Emily Cable, Yale's best 400-meter runner to date. Her performance at the Sam Howell Invitational last week snagged her the seventh-place place position on the outdoor top-10 lists, as well. With a triumphant indoor season under her belt, Cable is likely to continue to improve this year. Freshman Shannon McDonnell has likewise performed well in the 400-meter dash, already exceeding her best time for the indoor season.
In the field events, pole vault contenders—junior Emily Urciuoli and freshman Renee Vogel—both claimed spots on the list last week. Urciuoli is one member of the team with a number of accomplishments in her previous two years of competing. She holds the third spot on the top-10 lists for her event.
Other team members who have been posting notable marks this season include 400-meter hurdler senior Jenna Poggi, as well as junior Amanda Snajder—the only athlete on the team who has experience in running, throwing and jumping events.
Finally, Yale's 4x400-meter team, comprised last week of Cable, McDonnell, Poggi, and junior Kelsey Lin, has only to shave off seconds in order to reach the ECAC qualifying standard for the event.
Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity