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Vasen Wins Shot Put at Final Home Meet

Evelyn Roberts. (photo by Steve Musco)
Evelyn Roberts. (photo by Steve Musco)

NEW HAVEN, Conn.-- In the second day of competition for the Bulldogs this weekend, the team took to the home venue of Coxe Cage. The team built off momentum from a remarkable day of competition at the Valentine Invitational Friday to cap off a successful weekend of competition at the Giegengack Invitational.

Yale was well-represented in the field events on Saturday, with a majority of field athletes opting to compete at a familiar venue. This decision proved fruitful as the Bulldogs recorded a number of top finishes and lifetime bests.

In the high jump, a duo of junior Bulldogs earned themselves podium finishes. Olivia Mooney finished second in the event. Mooney jumped a season best mark of 1.63 meters. Elizabeth Adelson also jumped a season best of 1.58 meters, earning herself third place overall.

Emma Vasen continued her trajectory of improvement in the throws. She threw a new lifetime best of 13.85-meters in the weight throw, good for eighth place. Senior Evelyn Roberts rounded out the top ten in the event with her throw of 12.59 meters.

Later in the day, Vasen came back in an impressive fashion by winning the shot put. She threw 13.82 meters. 

In the long jump, sophomores Angele Kelly and Tessa Malone recorded top ten finishes. Kelly jumped to a new collegiate best of 5.39 meters, earning herself seventh place. Malone finished in ninth with a jump of 5.32 meters.

Malone doubled in the triple jump later in the day. Her jump of 11.33 meters earned her fifth place overall.

On the track, Davornne Lindo competed for the second consecutive day in the 60 meter hurdles. She improved over her performance from Friday by nearly half a second, running 9.47 and a new lifetime best in the prelims. In the finals, she placed fifth.

Senior Aja Thorpe narrowly missed a qualifying spot in the finals, placing tenth in the prelims for the 60-meter hurdles.

Lauren Chapey and Sarah Pillard completed a challenging double in the mile and 800-meter run. In the mile, Chapey finished in third place (5:18.51) and Pillard was not far behind in sixth place (5:25.01). With approximately an hour between events, Chapey and Pillard doubled back for the 800-meter run, finishing fifth and seventh, respectively.

To finish off the day of competition, senior Kate Zendell took to the track in the 3,000-meter run. In her indoor debut, Zendell ran a time of 10:26, which earned her fourth place overall.

Saturday's competition was an excellent complement to the Bulldogs' performance from the Valentine Invitational on Friday. The two days of competition proved that Yale is ready for the upcoming Ivy League Indoor Track and Field Championship across event groups, hosted by Harvard on Feb. 23 and 24. A solid majority of the team will head into the competition boasting new lifetime or season bests.

Complete results can be found here

Recap by Yale Sports Publicity.