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Four Take Away First-Place Finishes from Giegengack Invitational

Elle Brunsdale. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Elle Brunsdale. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Individual Bulldogs Qualify for ECAC Championships

NEW HAVEN, Conn—The 10th annual Giegengack Invitational came to a close today at Coxe Cage after two days of competition. Though the meet was not scored, many individuals won their events and walked away with times qualifying them to compete in the ECAC Championships in March.

Saturday's competition continued the trend of top marks begun on Friday. Among these notable performances was that of sophomore Mackenzie Mathews. With her first-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles and time of 8.94, she tied her personal best and reaffirmed her claim to the third-best time in Yale history. Advancing to the finals with Mathews was senior captain Amanda Snajder, who placed third. Snajder's time of 9.21, earned in the preliminary round of the event, is the best she has posted this season. Junior Elle Brunsdale also competed in the prelims, finishing in 9.76. 

In the 500-meter dash, sophomore Shannon McDonnell earned the second first-place finish of the day. She won the event in 1:16.91. Sophomore Grace Brittan also competed to take sixth (1:20.16).

Sophomore Emily Stark won the mile run with her ECAC-qualifying finish of 4:58.56. Her stellar performance is the best of her career. Sophomore Elizabeth McDonald claimed second place in a season best time of 4:59.45. Freshman Jennie Callan also raced in the mile run, setting her best time of the season in 5:28.78.

In the pole vault, senior Emily Urciuoli earned the day's final top finish. Her winning mark of 3.60m (11'9.75") also qualifies her to compete in the ECAC Championships.

Individual Bulldogs placed well in many more events on Saturday. Among these impressive performances was junior Kira Garry's second-place finish in the 1,000-meter run. Though she has yet to compete in the distance this season, her time of 2:55.82 met the ECAC qualifying standard. FitzPatrick also competed in a personal best time of 2:57.82 (fourth), as well as freshman Chandler Olson (fifth—2:57.82). In the 800-meter run, freshman Emily Waligurski finished first of four teammates, placing fourth overall in 2:16.11. Rizzo followed in seventh (2:19.67), pursued by junior Alyssa LaGuardia (2:25.13) and McDonald (2:25.28).

Junior Emily Cable dominated the 400-meter run as the only Yale competitor. Though her time of 56.97 would qualify her to compete in the ECAC championships, she already met the standard earlier this season. Her time on Saturday earned her second place. Meanwhile, freshman Katerra Logan took on the 60-meter dash for the first time this season, placing fourth in 8.11.

Also on Saturday, Snajder threw a personal best distance of 10.83 (2nd—35'6.5") in the shot put, while Brunsdale earned a season best mark of 10.01m (32'10.25"). Junior Alisha Jordan again competed, this time to place second in the triple jump (11.68m or 38'4"), alongside seniors Kristen Proe (10.53m or 34'5.75") and Teresa Parent (10.23m or 33'6.74"). Finally, two Yale teams entered into the 4x400-meter relay, placing second and eighth, respectively. Yale's top squad included Brunsdale, Cable, McDonnell, and Proe—a group that finished in 3:58.29.

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity