Giegengack Invitational Held This Weekend
Bulldogs Ranked 15th in Northeast Region
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—This Friday, Yale women's track and field will compete in the first of two days of the 10th annual Giegengack Invitational, a meet hosted by Yale and named for former coach Bob Giegengack. Events begin with the long jump at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, and continue at 10:00 a.m. the following day. Results will be posted on yalebulldogs.com when available.
This season is an unusual one, as the majority of the team's competitions take place at Yale's Coxe Cage. In fact, its final meet before entering the championship season—a tri meet with Harvard and Princeton—will also take place on Yale territory. This annual rivalry next week will prepare the Bulldogs to face the Ivy League competition the following week. Meanwhile, this weekend's competition will provide practice against fellow squads of the Northeast Region—in which the Bulldogs currently rank 15th.
The Bulldogs last competed two weeks ago at Boston University's Terrier Invitational. Many individuals had their best performance of their seasons, and some, of their careers. Among these was sophomore Shannon McDonnell, who ran a personal best and the ninth-fastest time in Yale history in the 800-meter dash. Freshman Delaney FitzPatrick, less than three seconds behind McDonnell, also excelled beyond her previous performances in the event. Both runners qualified to compete in the ECAC Championships. The mile run was dominated by freshman Emily Waligurski, while junior Kira Garry earned the sixth-spot on Yale's top-10 lists with her finish in the 3,000-meter run. Garry's race also landed her the eighth-best time in the Northeast region and qualified her to compete in the ECAC Championships.
Such frontrunners in the distance events will have the chance to compete on Friday in the women's distance medley relay race. Currently, a Yale squad comprised of senior Sarah Barry, junior Emily Cable—also an ECAC qualifier in the 400-meter dash—McDonnell and freshman Meredith Rizzo is ranked sixth in the Northeast region and comes in well under the ECAC qualifying time.
As Yale long and triple jumpers did not have the chance to compete in Boston, junior Alisha Jordan—a consistently high-scorer in both events—will likely be one to watch this weekend as she opens the meet and looks to post competitive marks. Additional competitors in the field events who continue to be standouts this season include senior Emily Urciuoli, wrapping up her final year of pole vault competition, and sophomore Karleh Wilson, who currently holds the Yale record in the shot put. Urciuoli is ranked sixth regionally while Wilson is ranked seventh, and both athletes have qualified for the ECAC Championships.
Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity