NEW YORK -- The Yale women's track team held its own against Ivy League competition on Friday, highlighted by many point-scoring performances and five first-place finishes.
As expected, the New York City Armory Track provided an optimal venue for high-level performances and lifetime bests. While the Bulldogs finished in third as a team, with Dartmouth winning and Columbia placing second, across events the Bulldogs consistently finished toward the top of the field.
The first victory of the day was recorded by sophomore Lillian Enes in the 60-meter run. In the preliminary round, she secured the top qualifying spot by running a time of 7.76. She repeated her top performance in the finals, improving on her time and crossing the line in 7.74 seconds.
In the longer sprints, two Bulldogs scored in the 400-meter run and also recorded new lifetime bests. Coming off setting a new school record in their season opener competition, Addison Coy and Emma Osborne finished within half a second of each other, earning themselves second- and third-place, respectively. Coy crossed the line in 57.18 and Osborne finished close behind with a time of 57.39.
First year Jocelyn Chau, consistently the second-best runner for the Bulldogs in the fall, proved that her ability is not limited to cross country. In her debut on the track, Chau recorded a first-place finish in the 800-meter run, recording a time of 2:12.85.
Fellow first year Samantha Friborg, a middle-distance specialist, scored in her first track race as a Bulldog. She finished third in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:56.14.
Off the track, Emma Vasen finished in first-place in the shot put. Her winning throw of 13.50 meters bested the next best throw by a wide margin. Vasen's performance today is especially remarkable considering it is her second time representing the Bulldogs. Clearly, her future as a Bulldog is bright.
In addition to Vasen's win, Yale collected a number of points in other field events. Tessa Malone placed fourth in the triple jump with a jump of 11.15 meters. In the pole vault, Erin Gerardo recorded a second-place finish with a vault of 3.70 meters.
In the final individual event on the track, the 3000-meter run, the Bulldogs snagged another victory. Sophomore Kayley DeLay, also coming off a remarkable cross country season, exhibited her endurance and patience to win the event by two seconds, running a time of 9:40.73. In the process, DeLay bested her previous lifetime best by 10 seconds.
To cap off a successful day of competition, the 4x400-meter relay team composed of Aliya Boshnak, Coy, Enes and Osborne edged out Dartmouth to claim victory in the final track event of the meet. The team ran a time of 3:48.84.
Building from momentum following a record-breaking season opener, the Bulldogs proved they are poised for an impressive season. Bolstered by a number of underclass athletes that are making an immediate impact, the Yale women's track team has already recorded high finishes across event groups.
Complete results can be found here.
Recap by Yale Sports Publicity.