Yale Falls to Harvard

April 19, 2008

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's track and field team was unable to overcome conference rival Harvard in their annual dual meet this year, as they were defeated by the Crimson 96-65 at the Cuyler-Dwyer track and field complex in New Haven on Saturday.

The women found pockets of success in surprising places against Harvard. The Bulldogs completed a full sweep of the discus throw (freshmen Lydia Maurer, Stephanie Scaramella and Rachel Kuschner were first, second and third respectively with throws of 38.44m, 37.94m and 34.89m). Yale also received a welcomed boost from the triple jump, where freshmen Emily Standish and Eve King secured eight more team points with jumps of 10.94m and 10.59 for first and second place.

Along with the discus and triple jump, the Bulldogs also won (outscored Harvard within a specific event) the 1,500-meter run (won by freshman Kate Grace in 4:32.29 and followed by senior Lindsay Donaldson, who finished third in 4:35.34), the 400-meter dash (won by senior Mary Kuder in 57.90, followed closely by freshman Jennifer Parker, who finished second in 58.90), the 400-meter hurdles (won by junior Jennifer Lin in 1:03.14), the shot put (won by Scaramella in 11.99m), the 3,000-meter run (won by Donaldson in 9:52.73, junior Claire Leatherwood finished third in 10:14.82) and the 4x400-meter relay (won by the team of Kuder, Grace, Parker and freshman Erika Mansson in 3:52.95).

Yale received significant points from the 800-meter run, where senior Meredith Leenhouts finished second in 2:14.22 and sophomore Stephany Reaves finished third in 2:15.49, the high jump (Standish finished second with a jump of 1.65m) and the hammer throw (Scaramella and Maurer finished second and third with throws of 39.62m and 33.91m). Ultimately, however, the Bulldogs were unable to overcome complete sweeps suffered in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 100-meter hurdles, 3,000-meter steeplechase, javelin throw and a loss in the 4x100-meter relay.

The largest single contributor to the team effort was Stephanie Scaramella. The freshman thrower contributed eleven points by virtue of her first place finish in the shot put and two second place finishes in the discus and hammer throw.

Yale will be back in action next week on April 24th at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Some athletes might doubly or specifically compete in the Yale Springtime Invitational, held on April 27th, the day after the Penn Relays ends, back in New Haven.

report by Ted Galligan '10, Yale Sports Publicity

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