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Yale Welcomes Harvard, Princeton to Coxe Cage

Emily Urciuoli. (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
Emily Urciuoli. (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

Individuals Rank in the Ivy League's Top 10

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—This Saturday, Yale track and field will return to Coxe Cage for its fourth home meet of the indoor season. Saturday's tri meet marks a historic rivalry that takes place annually between three of the ancient eight. Harvard and Princeton will likely prove to be strong competitors, with Harvard currently ranked No. 1 in the Northeast Region, and Princeton having won the meet in the four previous years. Events will begin at noon, starting with the weight throw. Please see here for a full schedule. Results will be posted on as soon as they are available.

After last week's strong showing at the 10th annual Giegengack Invitational, many individuals will enter Harvard-Yale-Princeton prepared to square off against competition they will see again during the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships in two weeks.

Bulldogs likely to be the greatest contributors to the team score this weekend include sophomore Mackenzie Mathews. Mathews actually achieved her personal best of 8.94 at HYP last year, a time she tied at the Giegengack Invitational last week. 

Junior Emily Cable leads the team in the 400-meter dash. The Yale record holder in the event, she is currently ranked sixth in the Ivy League. 

Junior Kira Garry boasts of the highest Yale ranking in the Ivy League in any event. Her performance in the 3,000-meter run at this season's Terrier Invitational ranked her second among the competition.

Yale's jump squad is led by pole vault star, senior Emily Urciuoli—who is currently third in the Ivy League—as well as junior Alisha Jordan at No. 4 in the triple jump and No. 8 in the long jump. Karleh Wilson, a sophomore and the holder of the Yale record in the shot put, ranks at No. 4 in the shot put and No. 5 in the weight throw. Yet another thrower, freshman Kate Simon, is the only newcomer to be ranked in the League's top 10. Simon has seen bounding improvements in her shot put marks this season, and is currently No. 8 in the Ivy League.

Middle distance runners have proved their talent for teamwork in the relays this season. Top Yale squads in both the 4x400-meter relay and 4x800 meter relay are ranked No. 4 and No. 5 in the League, respectively. Competitors who may race on the shorter relay include junior Elle Brunsdale, Cable, sophomore Shannon McDonnell and senior Kristen Proe. McDonnell has likewise been a strong power in the 800-meter run, currently claiming the ninth-best time in Yale history.

Distance runners to watch as they strive to best represent Yale include junior Anna Demaree, who often places well in the 3,000 and 5,000-meter runs, as well as sophomore Elizabeth McDonald, who could boost the team's score in the mile or 3,000-meter run. Finally, sophomore Emily Stark entered the indoor season two weeks ago to great success in the mile run—setting her personal best last week in one of the best times seen this season. 

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity