Dec. 6, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's track and field team started their six-month season the morning of Dec. 6 at the Lidlifter Invitational, hosted by Yale at Coxe Cage. The meet, six weeks removed from the next competition (The Yale Invitational, Jan. 10), historically serves as an indicator of a Yale athlete's fitness coming off of the toughest training of the season in late November and to shake off any rust that may have accumulated over the six-month off-season. Athletes regularly compete in "off-distances" for their event set and also double or triple-up events in their program.
Two individuals and one team took victories for the Bulldogs today. Sophomore Kate Grace won the 400-meter dash in 58.98, freshman Alexa Monti won the 60-meter dash in 7.89 and the 4x400-meter relay won in a time of 4:03.61. Other top-3 finishers include junior Claudia Duncan (second, 500-meter dash, 1:16.11), sophomore Eve King (third in the long jump (4.92m) and high jump (1.60m)), junior Bailey Carroll (second, pole vault, 3.20m) and Monti (third, 200, 26.24).
"If you did well today, great! If not, don't get too upset." said Associate Head Coach David Shoehalter in a post-meet meeting. "Either way, the most important training cycle, between now and January, is here, and we need to make sure we put in the work."
The Bulldogs will compete next at the Yale Invitational at Coxe Cage on Jan. 10.
report by Ted Galligan '10, Yale Sports Publicity