NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Yale women's track and field team will have yet another busy weekend of competition as part of the team heads south to the Penn Relays and the rest stays in New Haven to compete at the final home meet of the season, the Yale Springtime Invitational.
As the final weekend before the Ivy League Outdoor Track and Field Heptagonal Championships, the competitions this weekend provide the Bulldogs one last chance to improve on their season best performances.
The historic Penn Relays will be hosted in the world-class venue of Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania. The meet attracts nationwide attention and historically has featured the best athletes in the nation.
The Penn Relays will kick off on Thursday for Yale. A smaller group of athletes will travel to the historic meet to tune up before the championship season. Underclassmen Kayley DeLay and Emma Vasen will represent Yale on Thursday along with a distance medley relay composed of Jocelyn Chau, Arianna Lord, Emma Lower, and Megan Quimby.
DeLay will compete in the event she has improved nearly 30 seconds in over the course of the season: the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Her current season and lifetime best of 10:31.65 places her at fifth in the Ivy League rankings, but this competition will provide an excellent opportunity to preview the field for the upcoming championship meet as she will go head-to-head with a number of Ivy athletes.
In her record-breaking season, Vasen has improved on her personal best from week-to-week in the shot put, which she will compete in yet again at Penn. Right now, she sits with the second-best throw in the Ivy League of 14.72. Given her current trajectory, yet another opportunity to throw will only serve her well as she heads into championship season.
For the distance medley relay, Penn is a unique opportunity to take to the track in a non-traditional relay event. Chau, Lord, Lower and Quimby have all had impressive seasons in the middle-distance events thus far. First year Chau will lead off the team in the 1200-meter leg, followed by senior captain Lower in the 400-meter leg, and junior Quimby will tackle the 800-meter leg. Junior Lord will take anchor the team in the 1600-meter leg.
Vasen will start off the day of competition for the Bulldogs at 12:45 p.m. on Thursday while DeLay will conclude the day on the track at 8:00 p.m. A complete schedule and results for the Penn Relays can be found here.
Later in the week, Yale will host the final home meet of the season: the Yale Springtime Invitational. The meet will be held on Sunday at the Dewitt Cuyler Complex with events kicking off at 10:00 a.m.
The Yale Springtime Invitational has featured teams local to the area in previous years.
For the Bulldogs, this is the third straight weekend hosting a meet at the Dewitt Cuyler Complex. The home field advantage will provide an excellent opportunity for a final tune-up before championship season.
Preview by Gabrielle Rinne '19, Yale Sports Publicity.