NEW HAVEN, Conn.-- The Yale women's track and field team will kick off the 2018-19 campaign this Saturday as the Bulldogs host the Yale Season Opener at Coxe Cage.
Yale is hosting several teams from around the area on Saturday's early season competition. Before heading into finals and heading home for winter break, the Bulldogs will have a chance to show off the hard work they have been putting in during the fall while also setting the tone for the rest of the season.
The season opener will serve as an important marker of where the team is at and determine what areas to focus on before the season picks up again in January.
For the first-years, this meet presents an exciting opportunity to make their debuts as Yale athletes on their home track. Yale is welcoming one of the most talented incoming classes in recent history, making this group of athletes one to watch.
The newcomers are well-represented across event groups as several rookies will be debuting in the sprint events where they have boasted impressive times before coming to Yale. Many of the new sprinters -- including Aliyah Boshnak, Sophie Isom, Libby McMahon and Maya Sharp -- will compete in the 4x400 meter relay that rounds out the day's events. First-year Davornne Lindo will compete in the 60 meter hurdles alongside senior Aja Thorpe with first-year Lauren Stavig set to race alongside returners Lilly Enes and Arielle Tessier in the 60 meter dash.
In the throws, Evelyn Roberts will begin her final season as a Bulldog. Roberts, who specializes in the weight and hammer throws, will be competing in the hammer throw in hopes of improving upon her season best of 15.57 meters from last year.
Returner Natasha Feshbach, as a multi-event athlete, will compete in several events on and off the track. First up for her is the shot put which will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday to open up the meet. Feshbach will also join sophomore Tessa Malone in the long jump later in the competition.
Coming off solid cross country seasons, several athletes in the middle distance and distance events will be competing. Middle distance specialists Chloe Jensen and Emma Pindur will be racing in the 1,000-meter run, while a large group of Bulldogs will compete in the 3,000-meter run at 4:20 p.m., including Ellie Atkinson, Lauren Chapey, Hannah Steffke and Rachel Suss.
The field events are set to begin at 9:00 a.m. while the track events are scheduled to start soon after at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday. Complete meet information can be found here. Results can be found at paynescornertiming.com and on www.yalebulldogs.com as they become available.
Preview by Yale Sports Publicity.