Athletes Recognized at End of Year Brunch
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—This past Monday after the conclusion of the 2014 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, the Yale Women's track and field team remained on campus to gather together for its annual end of the year celebration. The athletes attended a brunch at the Yale golf course, where the past year's awardees were announced.
Junior Amanda Snajder was the recipient of the Stroube Family Award, given to an outstanding member of the team who excels in sportsmanship, courage and inspiration. This is the second year in a row that Snajder has received the award. As track captain this year, she exemplified talent and hard work, competing in a multitude of events spanning the jumping, running and throwing categories at each meet. An accomplished and valuable member of her team, Snajder broke the school record in the pentathlon at the Indoor Heptagonal Championships last year. She then returned this season to break the record in the heptathlon at the Outdoor Heptagonal Championships.
Junior Emily Cable was also a repeat award winner, as she walked away with the Lee Calhoun Award. The honor is given to a member of the team demonstrating excellence in sprinting or hurdling. As a sophomore, Cable broke the Yale record at Indoor ECAC championships for a 400-meter dash run on an indoor track. She continued to impress throughout the season, consistently ranking as one of the team's top scorers and continuing to push her record-breaking time even further back. This season, she broke the 56-second barrier in indoor track. She performed similarly well in the outdoor season, and currently holds the second-fastest time in Yale history—her personal best of 54.37, earned just last weekend at the Outdoor Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. In addition, Cable walked away with a personal best in the 200-meter dash, again earning the second spot on Yale's top-10 lists.
Finally, junior Alisha Jordan and sophomore Karleh Wilson were awarded the James Stack Award, presented to an athlete who best personifies Jim Stack, captain of the men's track and field team in 1961. During this year, Stack lead his team in claiming winning finishes in the Harvard-Yale meet, the Heptagonal Championship, and the IC4A Championship, a trio known as the "big three." Jordan and Wilson are the team's stars in the jumps and throws, respectively.
Wilson's presence in the record books is historic, as she currently holds the school record in the shot put, the second-best discus mark and the fourth-best hammer mark in Yale history. In addition, she threw the all time third-best mark in the weight throw during this past indoor season. In fact, Wilson has not stopped improving since she walked onto the field last year, as she first broke the shot put record her freshman year. She then continued to raise the standard for future competitors multiple times.
Jordan's list of accolades includes the third-best triple jump mark ever seen at Yale. While the event has traditionally been her best, allowing her to bring in countless points for the team over her three years of competition, she also recently claimed a personal best in the long jump at the Outdoor Heptagonal Championships last weekend. At the same meet, her mark in the triple jump earned her third place—one of the best finishes the team saw at the meet. When asked about her performance afterwards, Jordan demonstrated her love and dedication for her teammates by choosing to speak of their performance as a whole. She expressed her gratitude for their effort on Yale's home track last weekend, as well as her expectations for her final year of competition, saying, "I am very proud to know that we have a brighter future ahead."
All four of these individuals will have the opportunity to compete at the ECAC Championships this upcoming weekend.
Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity