NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After joining forces to defeat Oxford-Cambridge last Saturday, the Yale women's track and field team heads to Cambridge this weekend to face off against the Crimson. With the Outdoor Heptagonal Championships just three weeks away, now is the time when the women reach their peak form of the season. With two of the next three meets being rather competitive in nature, it might also be one of the last chances some of the women have to run this season.
This will also be the last time that the middle-distance trio of Meredith Rizzo, Frances Schmiede and Emily Waligurski get to compete at a classic meet that the entire team looks forward to. Longtime rival Harvard provides the team an important bonding experience. At last year's meet, the men rallied against the Crimson, winning the meet for the first time in five years. The three women have been important assets to the team's success over the years and will look to close their careers strongly at this marquee meet. At last week's meet, all three Bulldogs emerged victorious in their respective events, earning three of the collective H-Y's points. They will definitely be athletes to watch for this weekend.
Yet, this is also the meet to watch the underclassmen, as a number of younger members on the team have done a phenomenal job for the Bulldogs this season. One athlete to watch out for is freshman phenom Sydney Holmes, who set yet another record last week in the 100-meter hurdles. She has had quite the year for the team, exceeding all expectations and proving herself to be an important asset in the team's future. Despite having broken the record, it is important to note that last Saturday's race was just her second time racing in this event at the collegiate level. She could very well improve upon her time this weekend to strengthen her hold on the record. Freshman Lillian Enes has performed well for the team in the sprints, as has sophomore Alexandra Lee. The pair is by far the fastest on the team so far and could continue their strong seasons heading into this weekend.
Freshman Gemma Shepherd has been nothing short of spectacular this season, dominating the track during the indoor season with strong performances in both the middle- and long-distance races. Equally as impressive is sophomore Andrea Masterson in the longer 5,000- and 10,000- meter events. At last week's meet, she ran a strong 5,000-meter race that almost matched her personal best during the indoor season. Additionally, sophomore Ellie Atkinson has performed rather well in the middle-distance events, logging impressive times in the mile during the winter season. At last weekend's meet, Atkinson came in second in the mile, beating the Achilles' club representative for the race. With a time of 4:51.22 in a slow-starting race, Atkinson is definitely in strong shape early on in the season.
The meet will take place on Saturday at Harvard. Results will be posted as they become available. Though a schedule of the meet has not been released, it will be posted if published.
Preview by Ariel A. Sánchez '19, Yale Sports Publicity