January 16, 2014

Track and Field Performs in Hanover

Tri-meet with Dartmouth, Columbia Presents Challenging Competition

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Yale women's track and field travels to Hanover, N.H., this Saturday to compete in an annual tri-meet with fellow Ivy League schools Columbia and Dartmouth. The meet will be hosted by Dartmouth at the Leverone Field House and begins at 11:00 a.m. A complete schedule is available here. 

This weekend's competition is not only the first meet away from the team's home territory of Coxe Cage, but also the first scored meet of the season. Its contenders are significant—as the Bulldogs have thus far only competed against one other Ivy, Brown. The experience of this weekend will be invaluable practice for the season's first championship meet—the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. In addition, the competition poses a fierce threat, with Dartmouth having just been ranked No. 14 in the USTFCCCA Poll. Columbia has yet to perform this season. Last year, Yale placed third overall, a motivating factor as it vies for a higher score on Saturday.

The performance of Yale's long distance runners should be highlights this weekend, as many of them opened their seasons to great success at last week's Yale Invitational. Junior Kira Garry and sophomore Elizabeth McDonald surpassed their competition in the mile run, placing second and third, respectively.  The Bulldogs also put together a squad that placed third in the distance medley relay, with senior Sarah Barry competing in the 1,200-meter, junior Emily Cable racing the 400-meter, sophomore Shannon McDonnell taking on the 800-meter and freshman Meredith Rizzo anchoring the team in the 1,600-meter.

A squad of Barry, freshman Rachel Jones, Rizzo and freshman Emily Waligurski left nothing on the track with a first-place finish in the 4x800-meter relay. Yale also outperformed a field of 21 to take third in the 4x400-meter relay, led by junior Elle Brunsdale, Cable, senior Jenna Hessert and senior Kristen Proe.

Senior captain Amanda Snajder stood out in the 60-meter hurdles, qualifying to compete in the final round. Meanwhile, sophomore Karleh Wilson again proved her unfailing skill in the throwing events, taking first in the weight throw. Freshman Kate Simon has also been posting noteworthy marks in the shot put and weight throw this season, and may be one to look out for as it continues to progress.

Finally, spectators should not miss senior Emily Urciuoli—Yale's standout pole vault contender—as she looks to continue her collegiate success this year, taking first place in the event last week.

Results of the meet will be posted on yalebulldogs.com when available, and will be reported by Lancer Timing Services.

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity