PHILADEPHIA -- The historic venue and deep field of competition served the Yale women's track and field team well at the Penn Relays on Thursday. The small group of Bulldogs all recorded impressive finishes.
The opening day of the Penn Relays, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania at the historic Franklin Field, featured sophomore Kayley DeLay and first year Emma Vasen in individual events as well as a distance medley relay squad.
Vasen opened up the day of competition for the Bulldogs in the women's shot put. In the college section of the event, she finished sixth overall with a throw of 14.37 meters.
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, DeLay improved by a significant margin in the event yet again. For the second time this season, she improved on her previous lifetime best by more than 15 seconds, a remarkable feat, to run 10:12.74 and finish fourth overall.
DeLay's new lifetime best moves her up to third in on the all-time list, and well within striking distance of the Yale school record (set by Meredith Rizzo '17 in 2017, 10:07.93) given her current trajectory of improvement. Given DeLay is only competing in her second season of collegiate steeplechase, this accomplishment and new lifetime best is all the more impressive.
The distance medley relay composed of Jocelyn Chau, Arianna Lord, Emma Lower and Megan Quimby finished second in the college section of the event. The Bulldogs finished less than half a second behind first place with a total time of 11:34.44. From Chau's opening 1,200-meter leg of the relay through Lord's anchor 1,600-meter leg, every Yale athlete improved on their previous bests in their respective events.
The relay team's finish today places them at fifth on the Yale all-time list for outdoor track in the event.
Complete results can be found here.
Thursday marks the first of two days of competition for the Bulldogs in the weekend leading up to the Ivy League Outdoor Track and Field Heptagonal Championship. DeLay, Vasen and the distance medley team showed that Yale is ready to compete at their best heading into the championship season.
Recap by Gabrielle Rinne '19, Yale Sports Publicity