Bulldogs Win Seven Events at Springtime Invitational

Karleh Wilson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Karleh Wilson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Wilson Throws Fourth-Best Hammer Mark in Yale History

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—This Sunday, the Yale women's track and field team returned to its home turf—Cuyler Athletic Complex and Dwyer Track—for the second weekend in a row. The 2014 Yale Springtime Invitational resulted in seven first-place finishes for the Bulldogs, with many other competitors placing in the top-three.

Perhaps the day's most notable performance came from sophomore Karleh Wilson, who continues to lead the Bulldogs in the discus, shot put and hammer throws. While Wilson already holds the school record in the shot put and Yale's second-best mark of all-time in the discus, she added yet another title to her list this weekend. Her mark of 50.27m (2nd—164'11") in the hammer throw is the fourth-best ever thrown in Yale history. Sophomore Taylor Eldridge—currently No. 8 on Yale's top-ten lists—also competed on Sunday, placing fifth with a mark of 46.20m (151'7"). Moreover, freshman Kate Simon joined her teammates on the top-10 lists this weekend, as her sixth-place mark of 44.47m (145'11") is good for the 10th spot.

The three continued to compete in the discus and shot put. Wilson won the discus throw with her mark of 43.42m, while Simon earned second place in the shot put after meeting a distance of 12.65m (41'6"). Eldridge and junior Elle Brunsdale also competed in the shot put. Eldridge's mark of 12.28m (40'3.5") stole her third place, while Brunsdale was sixth at 9.83m (32'3").

In the short sprints, junior Kelsey Lin represented Yale in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes. She took home fourth place and a time of 12.68 in the shorter race. In the 200-meter dash, Lin placed seventh (26.06), finishing behind junior Emily Cable, who ran a personal best time of 24.85 to steal second. Senior captain Amanda Snajder also participated (23rd—27.80). 

Sophomore Shannon McDonnell's first-place finish of 2:12.49 in the 800-meter run marked a season best. She beat out 46 challengers to win the event, and was closely followed by teammate, freshman Frances Schmiede. Schmiede's time of 2:14.41 was not only a personal best, but was also good for third place. The third Bulldog to finish in the top-10, sophomore Grace Brittan snagged seventh and a time of 2:21.43. Junior Alyssa LaGuardia rounded out the group, finishing in 2:32.87 (31st).

Four more Bulldogs took to the track for the 1,500-meter run. Freshman Emily Waligurski won the event, running a time of 4:37.30 and competing in a field of 53. Senior Sarah Barry was not far behind, earning second place with her time of 4:46.00. Freshman Emily Barnes beat out over half the field to claim her personal best time of 5:07.41 (23rd), while fellow freshman Jennie Callan followed in 5:12.79 (31st).

Junior Anna Demaree easily took first place in the 5,000-meter run. Her time of 18.11.36 was more than two minutes faster than her closet competitor's. Yet another winning time went to sophomore Mackenzie Mathews in the 100-meter hurdles. Just barely off her personal best and Yale record time, Mathews earned a time of 14.50. Snajder was third at 15.48, and was closely trailed by Brunsdale in fourth (15.73). 

Yale's relay squads both turned out impressive season-best performances on Sunday. In the 4x100-meter relay, Cable, Lin, freshman Katerra Logan and Mathews took second place, posting a time of 48.82. Brunsdale and McDonnell joined Cable and Lin in the 4x400-meter relay to create a first-place squad. They won the event with their combined time of 4:01.44.

Yale contenders finished in the top two in six of the eight field events competed on Sunday. Sophomore Megan Toon's height of 1.65m (5'5") stole her the top spot in the high jump. Freshman Lillian Foote also competed, placing fifth (1.50m or 4'11"). Senior Emily Urciuoli cleared a height of 3.55m (11'7.75") in the pole vault to place second, followed by sophomore Renee Vogel at 3.40m in third (11'1.75").

In her third event of the day, the long jump, Brundsale led four teammates. She placed second, claiming a personal best mark of 5.40m (17'8.75") (wind: 2.8). Junior Alisha Jordan returned from the Penn Relays on Friday to compete in the event, as well. She placed fourth with a leap of 5.29m (17'4.25"), followed by Snajder in fifth (5.26m or 17'3.25") and Parent in ninth (4.72m or 15'6").

In the triple jump, senior Kristen Proe was fourth, posting a mark of 10.64m, followed by freshman Rachel Wofford in fifth, with a distance of 10.40m (34'1.5"). Parent's leap of 10.27m (33'8.5") marks a season best and earned her seventh place. 

Finally, in the javelin throw, Toon met a distance of 30.35m (99'7") to earn fifth place. Snajder also competed, ending her day with a mark of 25.96m (10th—85'2") in her fourth and final event.

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity