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Bulldogs to Host Harvard, Princeton Sunday

Meredith Rizzo. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Meredith Rizzo. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's track and field team looks forward to hosting the annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet at Coxe Cage Sunday. This annual meet brings together three longtime rivals for an important progress check, as the Heptagonal Championships is only four more weeks away. These two teams are particularly important, since Harvard won the Heptagonal Championships, while Princeton placed fourth. As the most competitive home meet of the indoor season, it is a great time for fans to catch the Bulldogs against some of the best athletes in the Ivy League. 

Senior captain Kate Simon will most likely kick things off for the Bulldogs on the field on Sunday, competing in both the shot put and weight throw events. Last weekend, the captain won the former while setting a new personal best in the latter. Joining her in the weight throw will be sophomore Evelyn Roberts, who finished fourth in the weight throw last weekend. 

Freshman Elizabeth Adelson and Olivia Mooney are definitely athletes to watch out for this weekend. The two put together solid performances last week to share first place in the high jump, so they definitely could help the team earn some points at the meet. Meanwhile Natasha Feshbach will also compete in the high jump, as well as in the long jump and 60-meter hurdles. Also competing in the long jump is senior Rachel Wofford, who earned a personal best in this event last week. 

On the track, freshman Sydney Holmes and sophomore Alexandra Lee will both compete in the 60-meter hurdles. Holmes placed second at the Yale Season Opener while this will be Lee's first time competing in this event this season. Both hold very fast personal bests (8.81s and 8.97s, respectively) that risk putting the current record of 8.77s in jeopardy. Lee will also compete in the 60-meter dash, as well as the 200-meter dash. 

Freshman Lillian Enes has had a lot of success running in the 500-meter dash this season, improving her time to an impressive 1:16.17. Last week when she ran in this event, she ran alongside a tough pack just a few tenths of a second away from victory. It would be no surprise if she were to compete in this event again. 

The Bulldogs will most likely have most of their athletes competing in middle-distance events, particularly in the mile run. Two runners to watch out for in this event are senior Meredith Rizzo and freshman Gemma Shepherd, both of whom had particularly strong cross country seasons. Last week, Rizzo logged one of the fastest times in the 1,000-meter run in the past few years at 2:49.81, so it would not be surprising for her success to translate into the mile run. Shepherd, on her end, finished just two seconds behind Rizzo in what was her first collegiate track race. Both will likely have strong performances to watch for this weekend. Sophomore Ellie Atkinson will also likely make her season debut in the mile run. 

Senior Frances Schmiede made a strong debut last weekend at the YDC meet, with a new personal best in the 800-meter run at 2:09.84 to win her event easily. Though she might run in the same event this week, it is possible that she might vary racing distances over the course of the season. Waligurski also performed well in the same race last week, finishing third overall with a new personal best of 2:11.92. 

Finally, sophomore Andrea Masterson and junior Kelli Reagan will most likely compete in the only long distance event of afternoon: the 3,000-meter run. Though the two had particularly solid performances in the mile last week, neither has competed in the longer distance this season. However, they could very well hand in strong performances given their success over the cross country season. 

There will be a couple of different relays on Sunday, but the participants and orders of these relays have not been revealed. 

This weekend's meet kicks off at 12:00 p.m. at Coxe Cage with the field events. For more information pertaining to catching a shuttle to the meet, click here. Results will be posted as soon as they become available.  

Report by Ariel A. Sánchez '19, Yale Sports Publicity