Woodard Named Women's Outstanding Performer as Yale Places 4th at Heps

May 8, 2005

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New York, N.Y. - Joslyn Woodard, who won the 100m and 200m dashes on Sunday and also won the long jump on Saturday, was named Women's Outstanding Performer at Heps as the Bulldogs finished fourth with 94 points. Woodard, who was one of two Bulldogs to post wins Sunday (Lindsay Donaldson took the 3000m), delivered a unique Mother's Day gift by calling her mom Christann up to be a part of the award presentation.

"That was my favorite part," Woodard said, noting that it was the first time her mother was able to travel from California to see her perform at Heps.

Woodard, who finished the 100m in 11.78 and the 200m in 24.06, now has two outdoor titles in both events. She won the 100m two years ago and the 200m last year. Her victory in the long jump Saturday was her third in that event outdoors.

Donaldson provided another Yale highlight for the final day, finishing in 9:49.60 - ahead of Columbia's Tenke Zoltani (9:52.77) and Princeton's Cack Ferrell (9:53.49), who had set a Heps record in winning the event last year (9:27.15).

Woodard, Donaldson and Molly Lederman, who won the pole vault with a record-setting 3.88m Saturday, were Yale's winners in the two-day event. On Sunday the Bulldogs got second-place finishes from Erica Davis in the discus throw (44.68m) and Dionna Thomas in the long jump (12.07m). Woodard's impressive weekend also included a leg on Yale's second-place 4x100m relay team (47.52) and second-place 4x400m relay team (3:53.63).

Yale also got points on Sunday from Vanessa Mazandi (4th in the 800m run, 2:10.00), Aisha Cort (5th in the 100m dash, 11.99), Claire Hamilton (5th in the 3000m steeplechase, 10:57.49), the 4x800m relay team (5th, 9:16.60), Margo Angelopoulos (6th in the discus throw, 12.32m) and Katherine McKinstry (6th in the 5000m run, 17:08.53).

Others in action on Sunday were Katie Dewitt (15th in the 3000m run, 10:19.77), Jaclyn Myers (17th in the 3000m run, 10:35.74), Jesse MacLeod (18th in the 3000m run, 10:38.17), Betsy Boucher (21st in the 3000m run, 11:13.67), Susan Chan (10th in the 5000m run, 17:53.46), Anne Martin (11th in the 3000m steeplechase, 11:20.44), Elizabeth Calle (15th in the 3000m steeplechase, 12:11.76) and Olakitan Awolesi (11th in the triple jump, 11.04m). Angelopoulos (7th, 40.10m) and Davis (9th, 11.76m) also competed in the discus and shot put respectively.

Cornell (177.5 points) won the meet by 67.5 points over host Columbia.

The Bulldogs travel to Princeton for ECACs next weekend, then return to New York May 27-28 for NCAA East Regionals.

Day One Recap: Record-Setting Day for Lederman, Woodard at Outdoor Heps

report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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