Kayali, Poggi Qualify For Finals
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—This Saturday marked the first day of the Outdoor Ivy League Heptagonal Championships for Yale women's track and field. Most of the preliminary event rounds were competed on Saturday, while final rounds and some additional events will be run on Sunday. Yale had three qualifying participants who will again lace up their spikes for tomorrow's competition.
After freshman Mackenzie Mathews outdid her previous time in the 100-meter hurdles at last week's Springtime Invitational, she yet again lowered her time this week. This time, however, Mathews broke the school record for the event with her time of 14.44. Her name will replace that of L Boniello, who set the record in 1998. With her sixth place finish in the race, Mathews qualified to compete in the final round of the event tomorrow.
A second qualifying performance came in the 400-meter hurdles, when senior Jenna Poggi took seventh place with her finish of 1:02.69. Senior Dakota McCoy also raced in the event—her last performance of the year—finishing in 1:04.20. In the 800-meter run, freshman Shannon McDonnell scored a personal best wither 12th place finish of 2:11.25. This time will land her on the top 10 lists for the outdoor season, at ninth place. Meanwhile in the 400-meter run, sophomore Emily Cable ran a season best time of 56.25.
The third qualifying performance of that day came from senior Nihal Kayali, competing in the 1,500-meter run. Not only will she have the chance to score points for Yale in tomorrow's final round of the event, but she will travel to the ECAC Championships next weekend, where she will be eligible to compete in the 1,500-meter, 3,000-meter, and 5,000-meter races. Fellow senior Tori Flannery also competed in the 1,500-meter on Saturday. She finished her final year of competition strong with a new best time of 4:40.09.
Two Bulldogs took on the 10,000-meter run—an event with only one round due to its longer distance. Senior Elizabeth Marvin, competing in the event for the first time this year, came out with a new personal best of 35:19.11. Freshman Emily Stark, as running the event for the first time, finished in 35:24.66. Both athletes qualify to compete in the ECAC Championship meet with these times. In addition, Stark will join Marvin on the top 10 lists for the event.
In the hammer throw, senior Antonia Renker claimed a season best mark of 43.93m (144-01). Three Bulldogs took on the long jump. Sophomore Alisha Jordan finished with a leap of 5.29m, while junior Teresa Parent (17-04.25) made her mark at 5.20m (17-00.75). Sophomore Elle Brunsdale also participated (4.88m or 16-00.25). Finally, Emily Urciuoli contended in the pole vault, clearing a height of 3.52m (11-06.50).
Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity