Yale Season Opener Hosted this Saturday

Shannon McDonnell. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Shannon McDonnell. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

First Meet of the Year to be Held in Coxe Cage

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—This coming Saturday, Yale women's track and field will have its first opportunity of the year to compete at the annual Yale Season Opener. The meet will be held in Yale's indoor track and field facility, the newly renovated Coxe Cage. Field events will begin first at 9 a.m. For fans interested in watching the meet, spectator buses will run between Payne Whitney Gym and Coxe Cage on Saturday. For a full schedule of the day's events, click here.

As the Bulldogs enter the meet armed with hours of practice logged since the beginning of the school year, Saturday's events will give them a chance to establish starting points for the indoor season, both collectively and individually. Following the Season Opener, the team will not have a meet for more than a month as the Bulldogs relax during the winter holidays. When they return on Jan. 11, it will again be to Coxe Cage for the annual Yale invitational.

Last year, the Season Opener was marked by successful performances on the part of the Class of 2016, including those of throwing competitor Karleh Wilson and distance runners Elizabeth McDonald and Shannon McDonnell. At the meet, Wilson won the shot put, while McDonnell cruised to first place in the 1,000-meter race and McDonald scored the top spot in the 3,000-meter run.  As the season progressed, other freshmen including hurdler Mackenzie Mathews and distance runner Emily Stark proved they too would help carry the team into its future years by qualifying for the Indoor Ivy League Heptagonal Championships.

These early standouts will return this season with more experience to draw on as they continue to pursue qualifying times. Since the team did not graduate many star seniors last year other than distance competitors Nihal Kayali and Elizabeth Marvin, the input of this year's rookie class could potentially provide the push needed to give the Bulldogs momentum entering the indoor season. For a full outlook of the 2013-14 indoor season, including all members of this year's squad, see this article.

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity