CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Day one of the Ivy League Indoor Track and Field Championship has come to a close for the Yale women's track and field team. The Bulldogs are in a solid position heading into the second day of competition, having earned a number of spots in the finals.
As anticipated, intra-Ivy League competitiveness and high spirits fueled the athletes to impressive performances at the Harvard University Gordon Indoor Track. Three Bulldogs will be taking to the track again for the second straight day on Sunday to compete in the finals.
All of the finals qualifiers ran times Saturday that put them in contention for scoring a substantial amount of points.
The first Bulldog to make it through to the finals was junior Lillian Enes in the 400-meter run. She won her heat in a time of 57.24, earning herself an automatic qualifying spot. Although no other Bulldogs moved on to the finals, first-year Aliya Boshnak ran a season-best of 57.77 in the event.
In the middle distance events, first-year Bulldogs proved they were prepared for the challenge of facing off against the best of the Ivy League. Samantha Friborg easily qualified for a spot in the final of the 800-meter run with her time of 2:10.22, good for second in the heat.
First-year Jocelyn Chau made a statement in her first indoor championship. In the 1,000-meter run, she took the lead from the 200-meter mark onward, only increasing her lead as the race progressed. She crossed the line in a time of 2:48.97, just off her season best set earlier this season.
Chau and Friborg enter the finals with the third-best qualifying times in their respective events.
In the only final of the day on the track, Kayley DeLay finished in the top 10 in the 3,000-meter run. She ran a time of 9:46.75 for ninth place.
Sunday will be another action-packed day both on and off the track. In addition to the finals from today's events, the Bulldogs will be represented in the high jump, triple jump and shot put. Senior Andrea Masterson will take to the track in the 5,000-meter run to try to match her Ivy League Cross Country title with an indoor track title.
As always, the 4x400-meter, 4x800-meter and distance medley relays will provide exciting opportunities for Yale to score and finish off the weekend of competition on a high note. Given the records set so far this season, the Bulldogs are in the best place in recent history in these events.
Recap by Yale Sports Publicity.