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Harvard-Yale Defeat Oxford-Cambridge 24-16, Holmes Sets Second Hurdles Record

Frances Schmiede. (photo by Greg Sohanchyk, Yale Sports Publicity)
Frances Schmiede. (photo by Greg Sohanchyk, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The combined forces of Harvard-Yale topped the Oxford-Cambridge squad at the 46th edition of the Transatlantic Series Saturday afternoon. The pair took home the Naughton trophy for being the overall winner of the meet, with the final tally being 24-16. The Yale women also had some fantastic performances to complement the program's overall success. Freshman Sydney Holmes made history with her second record in just two seasons on the team, knocking down the 100-meter hurdles record.

The meet kicked off with the 10,000-meter run, with senior Chandler Olson representing Harvard-Yale. She finished with a time of 38:07.14 while senior Emily Barnes also ran in this race finishing in 37:10.13. Though Oxford-Cambridge (i.e. the Achilles) were off to an early lead, senior Meredith Rizzo turned it around for the H-Y, winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase very handily with a time of 10:37.50. The time was a personal best for the senior, for an event that she had not run since freshman year. It was the perfect way for Rizzo to kick off her final season with the Bulldogs. Senior Rachel Jones also ran in the same event, finishing in 11:23.05. 

In the 100-meter hurdles, freshman Sydney Holmes had another strong performance in the 100-meter hurdles, logging a record time of 14.43s. Her time just edges out the previous record of 14.44s set by Mackenzie Mathews '16. Already, the young Bulldog has proven herself as an important asset in the near future. At the end of the winter season, Holmes broke the 60-meter hurdles record. Meanwhile freshman Natasha Feshbach and sophomore Aja Thorpe both logged personal bests in this event with times of 15.25 and 15.74, respectively. 

Freshman Uzo Biosah made her debut for the Bulldogs in the 100, dropping a strong time of 12.24 seconds. The time was among the faster times in the Ivy League this team, proving potentially promising for this Bulldog's future performances. Sophomore Alexandra Lee set a personal best this afternoon, logging a time of 12.34s, while freshman Lillian Enes dropped a time of 12.52s in her first collegiate performance at this event. 

Following some wins from both the men's side and Harvard, H-Y was up 9-4 heading into the middle-distance and distance events. Senior Frances Schmiede had a textbook win in the 800-meter run, just edging out a late surge from the Achilles' Emily Dudgeon to take the victory with a final time of 2:11.15. 

In the 200-meter dash that followed, Harvard's Jade Miller took an easy win, yet both Lee and Enes followed up their 100- and 200-meter performances with strong times in this event, logging times of 25.93s and 26.09s, respectively.

With the 5,000-meter run following, sophomore Andrea Masterson toed the line alongside the Achilles' runner Naomi Taschimowitz. The pair ran a tough and tight race, running neck and neck until the closing 800, when Taschimowitz stormed forward, never looking back. Masterson finished second with an impressive time of 17:08.34. Meanwhile, senior Katrina Garry ran a personal best in this race with a time of 18:37.07.

The Bulldogs also put together a stellar 4x100-meter relay of the team's underclassmen Enes, Holmes, Lee and Thorpe. Holmes took the Bulldogs out with a strong leg that made it easy for Thorpe to take home the gold with a time of 49.46s.   

The mile run capped off the Bulldogs' competition on the track, where senior Emily Waligurski took full control of the race. Over the first three laps, sophomore Ellie Atkinson, the Achilles' Dani Chattenton and Waligurski were fiercely neck and neck, yet Waligurski was able to control the tempo of the race throughout, waiting for just the right moment on the bell lap to best Chattenton. In just one lap, Waligurski put a gap of more than four seconds between her and Chattenton, to run a time of 4:50.26. Atkinson was just a step behind her with a time of 4:51.22. Senior Melissa Fairchild also had a strong performance, crossing the line in 5:06.07. 

Meanwhile, sophomore Evelyn Roberts had a respectable throw in the hammer throw, logging a distance of 48.92m (160-06), a near-personal best performance. Meanwhile senior Kate Simon threw for a distance of 45.05m (147-10). 

Overall, the Yale women contributed a commendable four points to also help the women's side of Harvard-Yale beat Oxford Cambridge 11-9 and earn the Stead-Sellers Trophy. 

After teaming up with the Crimson, the Bulldogs head to Cambridge to go head-to-head against Harvard at the annual Harvard-Yale meet. More information will be posted as the date approaches. 

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