Bulldogs Put Down Dartmouth, Columbia in Ivy Tri-Meet

Alexa Monti.

Jan. 18, 2009

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's track and field team competed Sunday, Jan. 18, against Columbia and Dartmouth in the annual Yale-Columbia-Dartmouth tri-meet, hosted this year at Coxe Cage in New Haven. The Bulldogs were victorious in this year's effort, scoring 68.5 points to Dartmouth's 63.5 and Columbia's 49. The meet is a turnaround from last year's effort, where Yale lost by one point after the outcome of the final event, the 4x400-meter relay.

The Bulldogs won six events on the day. Junior Stephany Reaves won the 800-meter run (2:16.97), sophomore Kate Grace won the 1,000-meter run (2:54.55), senior cross country captain Kelli Buck won the 3,000-meter run (10:04.85), and the 4x400-meter relay team won in 3:55.31.

The performer of the meet, however, was freshman Alexa Monti. The sprinter won the 60-meter dash in a new personal best (7.79) and 200-meter dash (26.18), delivering ten very valuable points to the Bulldog cause. Monti also led critical sweeps of both the 60 and 200 (sophomore Becky Brown was another double contributor in the sprints, finishing second in the 60 and fourth in the 200). The two events accounted for a third of the Bulldogs total points.

Sophomores Stephanie Scaramella and Eve King also scored big points for Yale. While not winning, Scaramella's double second-place finishes in the shot put (12.79m) and weight throw (13.92m) were undoubtedly crucial, as were King's second place finishes in the long jump (5.04m) and high jump (1.60m).

The women's track and field team will compete next on Friday, Jan. 23, at the Terrier Invitational in Boston, Mass.

report by Ted Galligan '10, Yale Sports Publicity