March 29, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's track and field team finished fourth of eleven teams at the Southern Connecticut State University Owl Invitational. Home field advantage and a full roster played to the obvious benefit of Southern Connecticut State, who went on to win the meet with 135 points. Boston College finished second with 102.5 points.
Despite cold and windy conditions, the Bulldogs put up strong competitive performances. While times and distances might not be personal bests in this specific instance, these statistics are not a solid measure of the competitive efforts put forth by the Yale women on the track and in the field.
Junior Bevin Peters and freshman Eve King lead the Bulldogs with victories in the 1500-meter run and the javelin throw respectively. Peters won with a time of 4:45.42 and King lead the field with a 102-11 throw.
King was a multi-event star for the Bulldogs at the meet, tallying a third-place finish in the high jump (5-01.00) and sixth-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles (16.59), attributing an additional six points (due to a tie in the high jump) to the team effort.
On the track, senior Meredith Leenhouts used the Owl Invitational to flex her sprint muscle, which she did to great effect in the 400-meter dash, where she finished second in 59.05. Freshman Jennifer Parker, despite less-than-perfect conditions, ran a personal best of 59.39 in the 400, good for fourth place. Junior Jennifer Lin finished second in the 400-meter hurdles with a 1:07.16 performance. The Bulldogs also finished second in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 50.09.
The Bulldogs got a sizeable boost in the field from its freshmen. Freshman Emily Standish finished fifth in the high jump (5-01.00) and triple jump (33-04.75). Freshmen Stephanie Scaramella and Rachel Kuschner finished second and fourth in the shot put, with throws of 39-03.75 and 29-04.75 respectively, while freshman Lydia Maurer finished third in the discus with a throw of 123-01 and fourth in the javelin (89-01). Scaramella contributed a sixth place finish in the discus as well (114-04).
The Bulldogs will compete in two meets next week. While half the team will compete at the Princeton Invitational in Princeton, N.J., the other half will compete at the Colonial Relays, hosted by William and Mary, in Williamsburg, Va.
report by Ted Galligan '10, Yale Sports Publicity