Four First-Place Finishes at Annual Harvard Dual Meet

Amanda Snajder (credit The Ivy League)
Amanda Snajder (credit The Ivy League)

Jordan, Snajder Boost Team Score in Multiple Events

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—This past Saturday, Yale women's track and field accepted the challenge of facing off against its ancient rival, Harvard, in a dual meet hosted annually. This week's meet took place in Cambridge, Mass. While Harvard won the meet with 87 points, the Bulldogs saw numerous individual accomplishments, racking up 57 points.

Among these was Kira Garry's performance in the 1,500-meter run, in which she placed fourth and earned a time of 4:33.53. She lead senior Sarah Barry, who finished just milliseconds behind Garry in 4:33.95 (fifth place). Freshman Emily Waligurski finished next in sixth (4:46.30), while fellow freshman Jennie Callan finished seventh (5:16.27). 

A pack of three also took on the 3,000-meter run. Sophomore Elizabeth McDonald earned a time of 10:00.14 in what was the only first-place finish achieved in any of the day's running events. Junior Anna Demaree took fourth (10.11.65), and senior Liana Epstein placed seventh (10:25.58), competing in her first outdoor track and field meet this year.

After taking a break from her signature event to try her hand in the 1,500-meter run last week, sophomore Shannon McDonnell returned to the 800-meter run to steal second place (2:15.21). Freshman Frances Schmiede was not far behind, taking third place in 2:17.35, while sophomore Grace Brittan rounded out the trio in fourth (2:23.43).

Senior captain Amanda Snajder and junior Elle Brunsdale used the meet to practice competing in multiple events, in order to acquire the stamina necessary for the heptathlon. The two competed alongside devoted sophomore hurdler Mackenzie Mathews in the 100-meter hurdles. Mathew's time of 14.48 was not far off her record-breaking time in the event, earning last year. Meanwhile, Snajder claimed a personal best, taking seventh in 14.95, while Brunsdale posted a time of 15.99.

Senior Kelsey Lin was the only team member to compete in the 100-meter dash. It is the first time she has competed in the event this season. She finished the race in 12.50, one of her best individual times to date.

While senior Emily Urciuoli rarely disappoints, her pole vault performance this weekend was her best of the outdoor season so far. She claimed first place and cleared a height of 3.60m (11-09.75). Sophomore Renee Vogel followed in what was her best performance of her collegiate career. She gains a new personal best mark of 3.45m (11-03.75). Snajder continued the trend of personal bests by walking away with second-place and her best mark to date of 32.89 in the javelin throw (107-11). Sophomore Megan Toon also competed, taking third with a throw of 31.21 (102-05).

In the high jump, Toon, Snajder and freshman Lillian Foote all tied for fourth place with a height of 1.55m (5-01.00). Moreover, in her last performance of the day, Snajder won the long jump, leaping 5.52m (18-01.50). Junior Alisha Jordan stole second with her mark of 5.41m (17-09.00). Freshman Rachel Wofford was fourth at 5.16m (16-11.25), while Brunsdale was sixth at 5.13m (16-10.00). Senior Teresa Parent rounded out the large group, meeting a mark of 4.69m (15-04.75).

In the triple jump, Jordan's leap of 11.92m (39-01.25) was quite an improvement from last week's mark and nearly met her season best. She placed first, while senior Kristen Proe took third (10.96m or 35-11.50). Wofford was fifth at 10.42m (34-02.25), while Parent was sixth (10.13m or 33-03.00).

In the hammer throw, sophomore Taylor Eldridge defended her position as the seventh-best competitor in Yale's history. She even surpassed her previous mark, claiming a new personal best of 48.17m (158-00). She earned second place. Teammates sophomore Karleh Wilson and freshman Kate Simon placed third and fourth, respectively. Wilson met a distance of 41.49 (136-01), while Simon obtained a mark of 39.62 (130-00).

Wilson led Yale's throwers in the shot put and discus, earning second place in both of the events. Her throw reached 43.40m (142-05) in the discus. Simon followed her at 33.69m (110-06) and Eldridge at 32.75m (107-05). In the shot put, Wilson stole second by meeting a mark of 14.00m (45-11.25). Eldridge was fourth (12.26 or 40-02.75), while Brunsdale was fifth (10.22m or 33-06.50).

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity