Members of the Bulldog track and field team set records this weekend when they took on the rest of the Ivy League at the Indoor Heptagonal Track and Field Championships this Saturday and Sunday.
The two-day event, held in Cambridge at the Albert H. Gordon Indoor Track, featured men’s and women’s teams from all eight Ivy schools. The teams were competing to advance and qualify for the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America, otherwise known as the IC4A, Division I Indoor Championships.
The women’s team placed sixth with 50 points, marking their highest finish and point total since 2006. Harvard won the meet with 125 points. The Elis also scored multiple top-five finishes and personal bests.
“Our team did have a great weekend,” women’s captain Kira Garry ’15 said. “We competed hard and believed that we belonged with the best in the Ivy League.”
Two Bulldogs, Mackenzie Mathews ’16 and Karleh Wilson ’16, each broke the school record for their respective events — 60-meter hurdles and the shot put.
On Sunday, Wilson, who broke the shot put school record her freshman year with a throw of 13.80 meters, re-broke her own record with a throw of 14.64 meters, which also allowed her to take second. She also took fifth in the weight throw.
Mathews broke Yale’s current record in the 60-meter hurdles on Saturday in the preliminary heat with a time of 8.85 and then re-broke her own record the next day with a time of 8.77, taking fourth place.
“I focused on racing for my teammates and coaches rather than times, and I was ecstatic when I looked up after my race and saw Yale right next to my time and place on the scoreboard,” Mathews said. “I am certainly happy about breaking the record, but I am extremely proud and elated with the women’s team effort and performance this weekend.”
The women also saw a first-place finish from the distance medley relay team, which featured Emily Waligurski ’17, Emily Cable ’15, Shannon McDonnell ’16 and Garry. The pack of four edged out the rest of the field, with a time of 11:35.47, nearly two seconds faster than second-place Dartmouth.
Waligurski also performed at a high level individually, placing second in the 1,000-meter run. Her time of 2:49.95 was just behind the leader from Columbia and was also a personal best.
The men’s team, meanwhile, came in eighth with a score of 21.5 points. Princeton took first with 161 points.
Marc-Andre Alexander ’17 took first place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.05. The 10 points he earned for his victory was the highest single contribution for the men.
James Randon ’17, who went into the weekend vying for first in the mile, ended up in fifth with a time of 4:09.63.
“I think I was certainly ready on that day,” Randon said. “But the cards didn’t quite play out in my favor.”
Randon also anchored the men’s distance medley relay team, which came in second place with a time of 9:57.03. He was accompanied by teammates John McGowan ’15, Torren Peebles ’17 and Matt Chisholm ’18. The Penn squad edged out the Eli relay team by just over a second.
Reflecting on the entire indoor season, both teams felt satisfied, but are also excited to keep working and improve.
“It’s an amazing feeling to wear the ‘Y’ and have your entire team standing and cheering you on from the stands,” Mathews said.
Both teams now look toward next weekend and the IC4A Championships, with many individuals and relay teams having qualified to compete.
Next weekend’s competition will be held in Boston and spans Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with the pentathlon being the only event Friday and the next event beginning at 9:45 a.m. Saturday.