With athletes competing in three different locations this weekend, the Bulldog track and field teams were spread thin. Still, the Elis were still able to perform at a high level.
Runners, throwers and jumpers competed in three different meets this weekend: Some Bulldogs went to Charlottesville, Virginia for the Virginia Challenge, while others went to Princeton for the Larry Ellis Invitational and a third contingent stayed at home to compete in the Mark Young Invitational. All meets took place on Saturday, with some events in Virginia taking place on Friday.
“Even when the team competes in different places, we’re really all still there for each other,” Kate Raphael ’18 said. “We wish each other good luck in our races even when we’re competing in different states; we refresh the results page of each other’s meets and celebrate in real time despite the difference.”
Only eight Bulldogs, two women and six men, competed in Virginia, the smallest number of the weekend.
For the women, captain Kira Garry ’15 and Shannon McDonnell ’16 both had strong performances, despite going up against the country’s top competition, such as Michigan, Ohio State and Virginia. Garry, who had yet to be tested in the 3,000-meter steeplechase this season, placed fourth, running the race in 10:11.59. Her time is the new school record, a record she had set twice before.
In the 800-meter run, McDonnell placed ninth with a time of 2:07.67, just four seconds behind the leader, in a field of 66 runners.
The Bulldog men, meanwhile, fielded five runners and a jumper in Charlottesville.
Brendan Sullivan ’16 was Yale’s only competitor on Friday. His mark in the pole vault of 5.10m earned him third place, set a personal record and moved him into second for Yale’s all-time pole vault record.
“I was happy with my performance,” Sullivan said. “But I know I can go higher. Hopefully I’ll be over 17 feet in the next few weeks.”
The other Bulldog men in Virginia all ran in the 1,500-meter run. Yale was led by James Randon ’17, who placed ninth with a time of 3:43.90, a personal best and the fourth-fastest time in Yale history.
Further north, in Princeton, the Bulldogs fielded 10 men and women in the Larry Ellis Invitational.
The women had eight runners total: three in the 800-meter run, two in the 1,500-meter run and three in the 5,000-meter run. Though four Yale runners — Frances Schmeide ’17, Calleigh Higgins ’18, Dana Klein ’18 and Anna Demaree ’15 — broke personal records in those events, none finished higher than 18th overall.
Only two Bulldog men raced in Princeton: Jacob Sandry ’15 and Alex Connor ’16. Sandry ran in the 800-meter run, taking 29th with a time of 1:52.05, a personal best. Connor competed in the 1,500-meter run, taking 38th with a time of 14:57.62.
At home in New Haven, Emily Cable ’15 led the way for the women, placing fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.02 and second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.39.
Mackenzie Mathews ’16 competed in the 100-meter hurdles as well as the 200-meter dash, taking second in the hurdles with a time of 14.82. Elle Brunsdale ’15 took ninth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.93.
In the 800-meter run, Sarah Healy ’18 (2:19.23) and Alyssa LaGuardia ’16 (2:22.35, PR) placed sixth and 17th, respectively.
A large Bulldog contingent ran in the 1,500-meter run, led by Raphael, who took fifth with a time of 4:43.45. Melissa Fairchild ’18 (4:48.68, PR) and Claire Ewing-Nelson ’18 (4:49.14) also finished in the top 10.
Only one Bulldog competed in the 5,000-meter run: Hannah Alpert ’15. Alpert took third with a time of 18:45.69.
Six Bulldogs competed in the field events, with Karleh Wilson ’16 bringing home the only victory of the day. Her throw of 43.57m in the discus won her first place honors. Wilson also took second in the shot put with a throw of 14.25m and fourth in the hammer throw with a distance of 50.37m. Kate Simon ’17 took 11th in the hammer toss with a distance of 42.98m.
Megan Toon ’16 placed third in the high jump with height of 1.60m. Lillian Foote ’17 also competed in the high jump, taking 10th with a height of 1.50m.
Catherine Shih ’15 took fourth in the pole vault with a height of 3.50m , and Renee Vogel ’16 took sixth with a height of 3.35m.
“It was great to have our friends and family come out to support us when we competed on our home track,” Mathews said. “There is certainly an extra spark in our performances when we compete at home.”
For the men, Paedyn Gomes ’18 had the highest finish of the day, running the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 14.79 and placing fourth. Austin Loewen ’17 (15.22) and Daniel Kemp ’15 (15.37) finished ninth and 10th, respectively.
Four Bulldogs raced in the 400-meter dash, led by Alexander McDonald ’16, who placed fifth with a time of 49.34. Behind him were Mario Kranjac ’15 and Austin Puleo ’17, who tied for seventh, both finishing with a time of 49.98.
In the 1,500-meter run, Tim Cox ’17 led a group of four Elis, placing fifth with a time of 4:01.71.
The Bulldogs fielded a single team for the 4×400-meter relay consisting of Gomes, William Rowe ’15, Loewen and Denzell Jobson ’17. The team placed sixth with a time of 3:27.88.
In the field, Jake Hoops ’18 threw for a personal best in the hammer throw, tossing 36.63m and placing 16th. He also competed in the discus, placing 13th with a throw of 39.67m, a personal best.
“It’s amazing, and I’m so blessed that I got the opportunity to run with such good competition in the beautiful weather down in Virginia,” Randon said.
Next weekend, starting on Thursday, both Bulldog teams will compete in the Penn Relays, concluding on Saturday. They then return home on Sunday for the Yale Springtime Invitational.