CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Yale women's track and field team beat Harvard for the first time since 2007 Saturday, winning a total of 12 events to rack up 88 points to top the Crimson's 66. Across the board, the Bulldogs placed well in a number of events and achieved some personal bests as well. The win comes amid a series of successful spring meets thus far for the team, with many of the younger members stepping up to contribute.
"Our women competed well today. From the first event to the last they were focused and determined to give their best," said Mark T. Young '68 Director of Track and Field David Shoehalter of today's momentous win. "It was great to see our senior captains Kate Simon and Frances Schmiede close out their Yale versus Harvard dual meet careers with victories."
The meet kicked off with a bang for the Bulldogs on the track, with the women winning the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 49.23s. Senior Meredith Rizzo locked in the next win for the Bulldogs after a strong performance in the 1,500-meter run. Rizzo outpaced Harvard's freshman phenom Judy Pendergast to win the race in 4:25.31, very close to her personal best. As she wraps up her collegiate career, Rizzo has been finishing strong with solid performances across a number of events. Her performance puts her very close to qualifying for the NCAA Eastern Preliminary Round in late May. Sophomore Andrea Masterson earned a personal best in the race with a time of 4:37.14, as did other members of the team like senior Chandler Olson, sophomore Emily Kaplan, and freshmen Hannah Steffke and Rachel Suss.
On the distance side, senior Frances Schmiede closed out her time competing against the Crimson at this iconic meet with a win in the 3,000-meter run. She easily beat out two of Harvard's stronger distance athletes to take first with a time of 9:43.85. With this being her first time competing in a longer distance event on the track, it was surely an impressive debut as she masterfully handled the strategic aspect well.
Concerning the meet, Schmiede commented, "I think today's meet was a great one, especially for the senior class. I think we displayed how much work we've done to really develop over the last four years. My favorite part of the meet was seeing Kate Simon win, she has such as steady way of going about her work, and I'm really glad that paid off today."
Freshman Sydney Holmes had yet another strong performance in the 100-meter hurdles, clocking in at a time of 14.52s to win the race. Sophomore Aja Thorpe logged a new personal best, clocking in at 15.54s, as did freshman Natasha Feshbach, clocking in at 15.15s. The pentathlete continues to improve across the board in preparation to compete at the Heptagonal Championship in three weeks. In the javelin throw, for example, Feshbach logged a new personal best with a throw of 23.86m (78-28), while in the shot put she also improved on her previous performances. In the long jump, she leaped for a distance of 5.32m (17-05.5) to place third and earn the team a point. All around, she could very much be a serious contender as a pentathlete for the Bulldogs in the upcoming championship meet.
Senior Emily Waligurski also contributed an important win to the team, placing first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:15.62 to earn the Bulldogs five more points. Sophomore Emma Lower and freshman Arianna Lord completed the sweep by taking second and third, respectively.
Meanwhile, freshman Lillian Enes also earned the team a win in the 400-meter dash. In the 100-meter dash, freshman Uzo Biosah improved upon an impressive debut, lowering her best to 12.22s. This is a rather impressive time as Biosah's times early on in her collegiate career are among the fastest the team has seen besides Yale alumna Sydney Cureton '16. Sophomore Alexandra Lee also improved upon her previous best mark with a time of 12.42s.