May 27, 2005
New York, N.Y. - Molly Lederman set the school record in the pole vault and earned a spot in the NCAA Championships to highlight Yale's performance on day one of the NCAA East Regional Friday at Icahn Stadium in New York. Lederman's 4.06m (13'3.75") mark in the pole vault broke her own school record and earned her second place at the meet behind Georgia's Kierney Hiteshew (also 4.06m but with fewer misses). Lederman is the first Yale pole vaulter (male or female) ever to advance to the NCAA Championships. She will head to Sacramento in June.
"I've never been before, so I'm definitely excited," Lederman said.
Lederman was particularly happy to have bounced back after struggling at ECACs earlier this month (tied for seventh, 3.55m).
"I'm glad I could figure out what went wrong," Lederman said, noting that she started this meet with a bigger pole than usual as an adjustment. "It was definitely an improvement, and I guess the timing worked out."
Lindsay Donaldson may be joining Lederman after posting a seventh-place finish in the 5000m (16:12.83). The top five in each region automatically qualify, with the next three having to await the outcome of all four regionals to see if they advance.
In preliminary action, Vanessa Mazandi was 11th in the 800m run (2:08.54). Mazandi just missed out on qualifying, finishing second in her heat behind Georgia Kloss of UNC (2:07.88) for the automatic qualification.
The eight points from Lederman's performance and two points from Donaldson have Yale tied for fifth after four events. Claire Hamilton and Anne Martin conclude the action for the Bulldogs by taking part in the steeplechase Saturday at 6:30.
report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity