4x400-Meter Relay Team Qualifies for ECACs
NEW HAVEN, Conn.-With this Sunday came the final day of the Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championships for women's track and field. Excluding athletes who have qualified for the ECAC Championships next weekend, the meet was the last for the majority of the team.
After freshman Mackenzie Mathews broke the Yale record in the 100-meter hurdles on Saturday, she advanced to compete in the final round of the event on Sunday. Mathews placed seventh in the race, finishing in 14.56. Likewise, senior Jenna Poggi also competed in a final round, in the 400-meter hurdles. Poggi also placed seventh, completing her race in 1:02.86. In addition, senior Nihal Kayali advanced to the final round of the 1,500-meter run, again placing seventh with her finish of 4:31.75. Kayali will have the opportunity to compete in the event at ECACs, as well as in the 3,000 meter run. She further competed in this longer event on Sunday, placing sixth and earning a time of 9:37.42. Freshman Elizabeth McDonald strived alongside her, finishing in 10:06.49. McDonald will also be eligible to race at ECACs in the 3,000-meter run from her performance at a previous meet.
Four more long-distance competitors took on the challenge of the 5,000-meter run. Junior Millie Chapman placed highest among these, finishing in seventh place with a season-best time of 16:45.98. In ninth place was senior Elizabeth Marvin at 16:52.13. Both Bulldogs will have the chance to compete in the event at ECACs. Sophomore Anna Demaree and senior Jennifer Donnelly also raced in the event, completing it in 17:37.75 and 18:28.76, respectively. Meanwhile, sophomore Kira Garry took up her place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, an event she has already qualified to compete in at ECACs. Garry placed 8th this Sunday, securing a time of 10:31.56.
Two final running events remained: the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays. Mathews, sophomore Emily Cable, junior Kelsey Lin, and senior Allison Rue took on the 4x100-meter relay together. The squad claimed the best time in the event for the season. Even more impressive was the showing by Yale's 4x400-meter relay participants—Cable, Lin, Rue, and freshman Shannon McDonnell—who qualified to compete again this upcoming weekend with their time of 3:51.29.
In the four field events contested on Sunday, five team members strove to prove themselves. Freshman Karleh Wilson was one of two who will be advancing to ECACs next weekend. Wilson earned this opportunity with a personal best mark of 44.39m (145-08) in the discus throw, placing in fifth. In addition, senior Antonia Renker scored a season best in the event, posting a distance of 38.35m (125-10). Moreover, Wilson went on to compete in the shot put (12.99m or 42-07.50), along with fellow freshman Taylor Eldridge, who earned a distance of 12.50m (41-00.25). The second qualifying Bulldog to compete on Sunday was sophomore Alisha Jordan, Yale's best contender in the triple jump. She placed fourth in this event, the highest of any team member on Sunday, and made a mark of 12.11m (39-08.75). Finally, freshman Megan Toon gave a bound of 1.60m (5-03.00) in the high jump.
Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity