First Track and Field Meet of the Outdoor Season Approaches

Elizabeth McDonald. (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
Elizabeth McDonald. (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
Bulldogs to Compete in Myrtle Beach

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—This Thursday through Saturday, the Yale Women's track and field team will compete in its first meet of the outdoor season, the 2014 Shamrock Invitational XVIII. After resting for a week following the ECAC Championships, the team spent this week training in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The weekend's meet will be hosted by Coastal Carolina University, and includes a massive field of over 40 teams, including fellow Ivy League, Dartmouth. Meet information, including a complete schedule, is available here. Results will be posted at when available.

With the outdoor season comes the addition of several events. For long distance runners, this includes the 10,000-meter run and 3,000-meter steeplechase, the latter of which will not be offered this weekend. Hurdle distances are amended to 100 and 400-meters, and the 100-meter dash is offered in lieu of the 60-meter dash. Additional throwing events include the discus, hammer and javelin, while the weight throw is no longer offered. The team may also have the chance to compete in relay races of 100 and 200-meter distances later this season. Moreover, while the typical indoor track is 200-meters around and banked to allow for easier turning around the sharp corners, the team will now race on 400-meter tracks that are unbanked and open to the outdoors.

In the 400-meter run, spectators should look out for junior Emily Cable, the team's top sprinter this season. Cable is just off a stunning performance in the ECAC Championships, where she set Yale's 400-meter dash record in 55.49. Sophomore Shannon McDonnell is also likely to shine in her signature event, the 800-meter run. She has further bolstered the team's effort in the 4x800-meter relay this season, often alongside freshmen Delaney FitzPatrickMeredith Rizzo and Emily Waligurski.

In the long distance events, look for junior Kira Garry to lead the way. Garry had proven herself practiced in everything from the mile to 5,000-meter run this season. Rizzo and sophomore Emily Stark are similarly skilled in the mile run, while sophomore Elizabeth McDonald will likely stick to the longer 3,000 and 5,000-meter runs. Sophomore Mackenzie Mathews will take her place in either the 100-meter or 400-meter hurdles.

The jump squad boasts of senior Emily Urciuoli's prowess in the pole vault, as well as the skill of junior Alisha Jordan in the triple jump and long jump. Sophomore Karleh Wilson will look to defend her title in the shot put, supported by fellow jump squad members, sophomore Taylor Eldridge and freshman Kate Simon.

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity