NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's track and field team will head to New York to face off against two Ivy League rivals on Friday evening. The Yale-Dartmouth-Columbia tri-meet will be team's first scored meet of the season. With just a little more than a month until the Heptagonal Championships, this is an important time for the Bulldogs to pick things up on the track.
Columbia has thus far competed in two meets, placing seventh overall in its last meet. Columbia finished two spots ahead of Yale at last season's Heptagonal Championships, so the Lions will provide a good benchmark for Yale to measure its progress this season.
While this will also be Columbia's third meet, Dartmouth has already competed in four meets this season, winning all three of its scored meets. Last season, the Big Green took third at the indoor Heptagonal Championships, not falling too far behind powerhouses Harvard and Cornell. Their athletes will surely provide a very competitive environment for the Bulldogs to feed off.
Up until this point, many of the competitors have not competed, but instead have focused on building up to peak form. At Yale-Dartmouth-Columbia, usually most of the members on the team make their season debuts. Last season, for example, junior Dana Klein won the mile run in what was her first meet of the season with a solid personal best. Senior Frances Schmiede also had a strong opening performance to win the 1,000-meter run.
On the field, senior captain Kate Simon will definitely be one to watch. The thrower has taken first in this season's two completed meets with near-peak performances. With this being a more competitive meet, Simon might very well improve upon her best throw from last season. Freshman high jumpers Elizabeth Adelson and Olivia Mooney have both had strong starts in that event, tying for the top height at the last meet. At the first meet, Mooney leaped a height of 1.65m (5-05), so she could be a top contender at this meet.
Meanwhile, on the track, the biggest thing to watch for is the return of the middle- and long-distance runners from the cross country team. That team had a particularly successful year among both returners and recruits across all levels. Surely many of them will make their return this coming Friday so they are definitely ones to watch.
The events kick off Friday on the field at noon with the women's long jump, while on the track the first event is slated for 12:40 p.m. with the women's 60-meter hurdle trials. Results will be posted as soon as they become available on yalebulldogs.com.
Preview by Ariel A. Sánchez, Yale Sports Publicity