April 11, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's track and field team will compete in an Ivy League tri-meet against Princeton and Penn on Saturday, April 11, on the historic Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pa. This meet will be the first time that the Bulldogs will compete as a full team this outdoor season.
Historically, the meet has been a winning venture for the Bulldogs. In the last four meetings between the three teams, the Bulldogs have beaten Princeton three times and Penn twice.
Yale will try to rectify a defeat at the hands of both Penn and Princeton suffered last year (81-67-54 Penn-Princeton-Yale respectively). This, however, will be a tall order, as not only were the Bulldogs defeated by the Tigers at the annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton tri-meet indoors, but Princeton has won both the Heptagonal cross country and indoor track team titles this year. The Quakers present a formidable foe for Yale as well, Penn's fifth-place finish at the indoor Heptagonal championships is not a good gauge for the programs strength.
Princeton will bring its formidable crew of distance runners to bear, coupled with their stud sprinters. The team is headlined by distance standout Liz Costello, who won the individual Heptagonal cross country title as well as two (mile run and 4x800-meter relay anchor) indoor conference titles. Christy Johnson, Megan Brandeland, Jolee Van Leuven and Ashley Higginson constitute the distance-oriented core of the Tigers squad. Princeton also brings 400-200 veteran Agatha Offorjebe and newly crowned 60-meter hurdle conference champion Lauren Barber to round out a very capable Princeton team.
While Penn might not be the all-around package that Princeton currently is, the Quakers are not without formidable weapons of their own. The team is lead by three seniors: sprinter Shaunee Morgan (indoor 200-meter Heps champion), distance runner Stacy Kim and middle distance star Jesse Carlin (indoor 800-meter Heps champion and NCAA All-American) that can tally points across a myriad of events.
Yale will need the best all its athletes have to offer. The team will look to senior Lindsay Donaldson to have a big outdoor track debut, as well as continued success from senior captain Elizabeth Calle. Junior Jennifer Lin will be need a big performance in the 400-meter hurdles and, as always, the long sprinter core of Claudia Duncan, Mary Kuder and Kate Grace will need to stretch their talents to the limit for the Bulldogs to be successful against the combined forces of Penn and Princeton.
report by Ted Galligan '10, Yale Sports Publicity