May 9, 2009

Bulldogs Finish Day One of Heptagonal Championships

May 9, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale finished the first day of the Heptagonal Championships at Penn on Saturday, which featured some field events and qualifying heats for running events. Yale ended the first day in eighth place, without scoring, but it expects to earn points on Sunday when remaining finals will be run, as will the relays, which Yale expects to perform well in.

Four Yale athletes qualified for the finals on Sunday by finishing with one of the eight fastest times in their preliminary heats. Freshman Alexa Monti was the seventh-fastest sprinter in the 100-meter dash in 12.22 seconds - a personal best by .05 seconds. She will have to contend against a field that includes four Cornell runners tomorrow at 2:35 p.m.

Junior Bulldog Claudia Duncan crossed the finish line in 55.62 seconds in the 400-meter dash. This was a personal record for Duncan by about .7 seconds, and is an ECAC championship-qualifying time. This leaves her tied for the third-fastest time with a Penn athlete. Duncan will compete in the finals tomorrow at 2:20 p.m.

Yale's All-American sophomore Kate Grace finished her preliminary 800-meter run in a relatively easy 2:11.11 to make it to the finals. Serita Lachesis of Columbia ran the fastest in the qualifying heats with a time of 2:09.26, but the field should be significantly faster on Sunday, and Grace, with a personal best this season of 2:07.83, is currently the favorite. She will run at 2:55 p.m.

Senior captain Jennifer Lin finished the 400-meter hurdles in 1:02.77, leaving her with the fifth-fastest time among the qualifiers; the top three finishers all ran NCCA regional qualifying times in their preliminary heats, so it should be a very competitive race. They will run at 3:25 p.m. on Sunday.

Sophomore Eve King is continuing in the long string of events for the Heptathlon; she ended Saturday in ninth place with 2,397 points and has three more events tomorrow: the long jump, the javelin throw and the 800-meter run.

Sophomore Stephanie Scaramella will be competing in the discus throw at 9:00 a.m. and the shot-put at 12:15 p.m., the former along with sophomore Rachel Kuschner, who is ranked eighth in the event.

Other events that will be held tomorrow include the 3,000-meter steeplechase, in which two Yale athletes are competing: senior Bevin Peters ranked eighth in the event, and freshman Anne Lovelace ranked eighth.

Yale is fielding teams in the 4x100-meter, 4x400-meter and 4x800-meter relays. The races will be held at 12:35 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 4:40 p.m., respectively. It will be a tough day for the Bulldogs, because the same athletes often run mutiple relays, and many of the top runners are also running in finals earlier in the day. Grace, for example, ran all three relays for Yale at Penn Relays.

A complete schedule of events can be found here and complete start lists here. Results will continue to be posted live on HepsTrack.com and complete results will be posted on YaleBulldogs.com at the end of the day.

Report by Kyle Eichner '12, Yale Sports Publicity

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