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Bulldogs Excel in Throwing Events on First Day of Heps

Kate Simon. (photo by Sam Rubin ?95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kate Simon. (photo by Sam Rubin ?95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Cable, McDonnell Qualify for Finals to be Held Sunday 

HANOVER, N.H.—This Saturday concluded the first day of the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, hosted by Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H. The Bulldogs finished the day with eight points in seventh place. Two competitors, junior Emily Cable and sophomore Shannon McDonnell, will continue on to the final round of competition in their events tomorrow, and have the chance to add to the team's overall score.

Saturday's top score came as no surprise from the Bulldogs's star thrower, sophomore Karleh Wilson. Although Wilson has already broken her own school record multiple times, her throw of 14.29m (46-10.75) shattered her previous best mark. With her third-place finish, Wilson earned the team six points. Continuing this successful trend, freshman Kate Simon earned the fourth-best mark on Yale's top-10 lists at 13.33m (43-09.00), as well as a new personal best and eighth place. Sophomore Taylor Eldridge racked up the throws squad's third personal best with her mark of 12.38m (40-07.50), which is Yale's seventh-best of all time.

The remainder of Yale's points went to senior captain Amanda Snajder for her fifth-place finish in the pentathlon, and event in which she holds the Yale record. Though neither her nor junior Elle Brunsdale has competed in the event since last indoor track season, both made impressive showings. Snajder claimed 3552 points, while Brunsdale's score of 3378 points is her best to date.

In the pole vault, senior Emily Urciuoli placed seventh, clearing a height of 3.50m. Fellow senior Teresa Parent leaped 4.88m (20th) as Yale's representative in the long jump.

In the running events, freshman Mackenzie Mathews finished the 60-meter hurdles in 9.20 (14th). Junior Kelsey Lin (8.04) entered the championship meet as her first competition this season. She competed alongside freshman Katerra Logan (8.08) in the 60-meter dash. Logan also competed in the 200-meter dash to place 20th (26.66).

In the 400-meter dash, Cable defended her title as the Yale record-holder by qualifying to compete in the final round of competition on Sunday. She will likewise be able to continue on to the ECAC championships in the event. Her time of 56.90 was good for sixth place. Sophomore Grace Brittan also competed, finishing in 1:02.87 (20th).  In the 800-meter run, McDonnell became the second Bulldog to have the chance to participate in the Sunday's competition with her fifth-place finish in 2:12.05. Freshmen Frances Schmiede (17th—2:17.09), Delaney FitzPatrick (18th—2:17.15), and Rachel Jones (22nd—2:21.73) also competed in the race. 

Freshman Meredith Rizzo led a squad of four Bulldogs in the one mile run. Her time of 4:59.78 was good for 15th place. Freshman Emily Waligurski was not far behind in 5:02.85 (20th). Senior Sarah Barry (21st—5:04.35) and freshman Chandler Olson (22nd—5:05.34) rounded out this tightly packed group. Finally in the 5,000-meter run, two Yale contenders took on an event they have not previously run this season. Junior Kira Garry's ninth-place finish and time of 16:42.19 marked the fifth-best time in Yale history. While sophomore Emily Stark already claims the seventh-best spot on the top-10 lists, her performance on Saturday of 16:49.91 does qualify her to compete in the ECAC Championships.

Report by Maria Seravalli 16', Yale Sports Publicity