This Saturday, the Yale women's track and field team will host its rivals at the annual Harvard-Yale dual meet. With the outdoor Heptagonal Championships only three weeks away, this meet will give the Bulldogs a great chance to preview some Ivy League competition.
The field events will be the first action of the day. The throwing squad will be represented by junior Evelyn Roberts in the hammer throw and discus and first year Alladia Patterson in the shot put and discus. Yale will also have women in all the jumping events. First year Erin Gerardo will compete in her specialty, the pole vault, while sophomores Elizabeth Adelson, Natasha Feshbach and Olivia Mooney will all compete in the high jump. For the horizontal jumping events, Feshbach and first year Tessa Malone will compete in the long jump, and Malone will then come back to compete in the triple jump.
After competing in both the long jump and high jump, Feshbach will transition to the 100 meter hurdles, along with junior Aja Thorpe. The longer 400 meter hurdle race will be a must watch, as first year Addison Coy attempts to break the minute barrier and improve off her previous time of 60.39.
The 100 meter dash will feature Lillian Enes, Emma Osborne and Arielle Tessier, and all three runners will return to compete in the 200 meters, joined by teammate Thorpe. In Enes' last competition, at the Ross and Sharon Irwin Collegiate Scoring Meet, she ran a personal best in both the 100 meters and 200 meters, and it will be exciting to see if she can drop her times even lower this weekend. The 400 meters will round out the sprinting events, with first years Ariel Claxton, Lauren Drysh and Angele Kelly all entered to compete.
On the distance side, senior Katherine Raphael will have her season debut in the steeple chase and will be joined by teammate Kayley Delay, who ran this event the previous week at Raleigh Relays. The women's 1500 meter race has a packed field, with seniors Melissa Fairchild, Sarah Healy and Dana Klein, juniors Emily Kaplan and Masterson, sophomore Jane Miller and first years Zoe Nuechertlein and Sarah Pillard all expected to compete. Fairchild just ran a huge personal best in this event, with a time of 4:30.69, and she will be in a great position to improve upon this mark. The 800 meters will feature middle distance runners Calleigh Higgins, Chloe Jensen, Arianna Lord and Megan Quimby, as well as multi-event athlete Feshbach. The final distance event of the day will be the 3,000 meters, with seniors Julia Borowski, Katrina Garry and Kelli Reagan, sophomores Lauren Chapey, Hannah Steffke and Rachel Suss and first year Sevanne Ghazarian all competing.
Yale will also put together two competitive relays. The 4x100 meter relay will include Coy, Enes, Drysch and Osborne, while the 4x400 meter relay will be an all first year team of Claxton, Coy, Drysch and Kelly.
The competition will take place at Yale's Dewitt Cuyler Field, with the field events beginning at noon and the running events starting at 1:00 p.m. The schedule of events can be found here, and results will be posted as they become available.
Report by Calleigh Higgins '18, Yale Sports Publicity