Six Take Top Spots at Cambridge/Oxford Meet

Allison Rue. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Allison Rue. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

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NEW HAVEN, Conn.—This Tuesday, a team comprised of athletes from Yale and Harvard triumphed over the team from Oxford and Cambridge. At the day's end, the overall team score stood at 38-11, while the women's team score was 14-5.

Of the twelve Bulldogs who competed in the meet, half came away with first place finishes. Yale's distance runners turned out particularly successful performances. Freshman Emily Stark took the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:20.01, while sophomore Kira Garry earned the top spot in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with her finish of 10:43.90. Garry already holds the second-place position on the top-ten lists for the event. Moreover, her race on Tuesday will qualify her to compete in the ECAC championship meet. In addition, senior Nihal Kayali claimed a first-place position in the 1,500-meter, finishing in 4:36.60.

In the 400-meter hurdles, senior Jenna Poggi had the best race of her season. Her time of 1:02.65 propelled her ahead of the athletes from Cambridge and Oxford to secure her first place. Her time is also less than a second off her personal best, as well as the ECAC qualifying standard for the event. Still, one of the most remarkable performances of the day came from Alisha Jordan, who won the triple jump with her leap of 12.30m (40-04.25), a new personal best for the sophomore. Not only does her mark qualify her to compete in ECACs, but it also lands her the third spot on Yale's top ten lists. Finally, junior Emily Urciuoli gained her first place finish in the pole vault with her mark of 3.55m (11-07.75). As the meet uses traditional British scoring in which points are awarded for each first-place finish, these six athletes were able to contribute to the overall score as representatives of Yale.

Still, many other Bulldogs finished their events well positioned. Freshman Megan Toon competed in both the javelin throw and high jump. She placed second in the javelin with her throw of 31.64m (103-10), and third in the high jump with a distance of 1.55m (5-01.00).  Meanwhile in the long jump, junior Amanda Snajder snagged second place at 5.49m (18-00.25), while sophomore Emily Cable posted a mark of 4.77m (15-07.75). Cable also competed on the 4x400-meter relay team with athletes from Harvard. The team finished just behind the squad from Cambridge and Oxford, earning a time of 3:54.86.

As a standout competitor in the throwing events, freshman Karleh Wilson took second place in both the discus throw (39.55m or 129-09) and shot put (13.10m or 42-11.75). Lastly, both placing third in their events, senior captain Allison Rue finished the 400-meter dash in 58.64, while freshman Shannon McDonnell crossed the finish line at 2:24.31 in the 800-meter run. 

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity