April 15, 2013

Biennial Meet with Harvard Against Cambridge/ Oxford Held in Boston

Twelve Bulldogs Set to Compete

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—This Tuesday, the Yale track and field team will put aside its rivalry with Harvard for one brief, but deeply traditional meet. The Bulldogs and Crimson will be pitted against athletes from Cambridge and Oxford in the 44th biennial meet of its kind. The competition is the oldest international series; it began in 1899, two years before the modern day Olympics. The meet is held every two years at alternating locations in both countries. This year, the four teams will compete in Boston at Harvard's McCurdy Track. In addition to taking the meet the last time it was held, the teams from the two Ivy League schools have triumphed over their English rivals a majority of years. The meet uses traditional British scoring, meaning the first-place finisher in each event will score one point for his/her team.

Though traditional medals are awarded at the meet, four additional prizes are also recognized. The Naughton Trophy is presented to the winning set of teams, while the Achilles Trophy is awarded to the winning men's teams and the Stead-Stellers Trophy to the women's. Moreover, the team coaches have the opportunity to select an outstanding male and female performer of the meet and honor him/her with the Pat Liles Outstanding Performer Award. Finally, the Boal Hammer Award will be given to the winner of the hammer throw event. 

In creating the combined Harvard-Yale team, the Bulldogs will contribute 12 athletes. Four middle and long distance runners— sophomore Kira Garry, senior Nihal Kayali, sophomore Shannon McDonnell and freshman Emily Stark—will take to the track. Garry will participate in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Kayali in the 1,500-meter run, McDonnell in the 800-meter run, and Stark in the 5,000-meter run. Sophomore Emily Cable will likely take on the 4x400-meter relay, as well as the long jump alongside junior Amanda Snajder. In addition, senior captain Allison Rue will represent her school in the 400-meter dash.

Senior Jenna Poggi will represent Yale as its sole hurdler, racing in the 400-meter hurdles, while junior Emily Urciuoli is set to show off her prowess in the pole vault.

Moreover, sophomore Alisha Jordan and freshman Megan Toon will both compete in the jumping events, with Jordan competing in the triple jump and Toon in the high jump. Finally, freshman Karleh Wilson will have the chance to show her abilities in the throwing events, as she will likely prove a contender to beat in the shot put, discus throw, and hammer throw.

The meet will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday with the hammer throw and 4x100-meter relay. The meet program, including entry list and schedule of events, can be found here. Results will be posted on yalebulldogs.com when available.

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity