BOSTON -- A small but mighty group of Bulldogs took to the track Saturday in Day 1 of the ECAC Championship held at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center. The opening day of competition was a record-breaking day and every Yale athlete moved on to the finals to be held tomorrow.
The first day of competition consisted solely of preliminary rounds of each event. However, the Bulldogs held nothing back on the opening day, recording lifetime bests and school records on their way to the finals.
For the third time this season, junior Lillian Enes set a school record, but this time it was in an individual event. Enes recorded a remarkable performance in the 400-meter run individually on Saturday after consistently being an athlete foundational to the 4x400-meter relay team's success this season. She bested the previous school record by nearly half a second by running 55.04, also improving on her previous personal best by exactly half a second.
Sophomore Kayley DeLay and first year Jocelyn Chau earned themselves spots in the finals of the mile in an impressive manner. DeLay had a breakthrough performance, besting her previous personal best by more than 12 seconds and running a time of 4:47.13. In the process, she earned herself the top qualifying mark heading into the finals and landed herself the number 10 spot on the Yale all-time list.
Chau was less than a tenth of a second behind DeLay, running a time of 4:47.15, which easily earned her a spot in the finals on Sunday. The Bulldogs are in the running for taking the top two spots in the event in the finals if DeLay and Chau perform like they did Saturday.
Sophomore Addison Coy built off the momentum of the 400-meter run and the mile with her performance in the 500-meter run. Coy sailed to a spot in the finals with a time of 1:14.28, earning herself the distinction of the second-best Yale performer in the event and a new lifetime best.
In the 800-meter run, first-year Samantha Friborg set a new collegiate best of 2:08.28, finishing fifth overall to land a spot in the finals. This performance moves her significantly up the all-time list to the third best indoor performance in Yale history. Her improvement from last week puts her within striking distance of yet another stellar performance in the finals of the event.
To finish off a phenomenal day of performances, two more Bulldogs earned spots in the finals of the 1000-meter run. Sophomore Megan Quimby improved on her previous lifetime best in the 1000-meter run by nearly two seconds. She crossed the line in 2:52.72 and finished sixth overall in the preliminary round. Junior Arianna Lord was less than a second behind, also recording a new lifetime best of 2:53.00, and finished seventh overall in the preliminary round.
On Saturday, the Bulldogs proved that they are ready for some of their best performances this weekend. The opening day of competition was marked by new lifetime bests set by nearly every Yale athlete and highlighted by Enes' school record in the 400-meter run. Heading into Sunday's competition filled with finals, many Bulldogs are in a good position to record podium finishes.
Results can be found here.
Recap by Yale Sports Publicity.