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School Record Falls at Yale Season Opener

Addison Coy. (photo by Steve Musco)
Addison Coy. (photo by Steve Musco)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Yale women's track and field team started the indoor track season on a high note. To conclude an impressive day of performances, the 4x400-meter relay team set a new school record. Across the board, the Bulldogs recorded finishes many podium finishes and first-place finishes. 

In the first event of the day, shot put, the Bulldogs recorded their first podium finish. First-year Emma Vasen kicked off her collegiate career with a third-place finish, throwing 13.22 meters. Sophomore Alladia Patterson also recorded a top finish. Her throw of 11.65 meters earned her eighth place.

Junior multi-event athlete Natasha Feshbach displayed her strength in the first two events of the day: shot put and long jump. In a quick turnaround, after recording a solid performance in the shot put she went on to finish seventh in the long jump. Sophomore Tessa Malone finished close behind in ninth place.

Sophomore Erin Gerardo started off the season on a phenomenal note. Not only did Gerardo win the event, but she also set a new lifetime best in the process. She improved on her previous mark of 3.81 meters substantially, recording a mark of 3.85 meters.

Junior Olivia Mooney also jumped 1.55 meters in the high jump, earning herself a fifth place.

On the track, several Bulldogs also recorded fast times and high finishes.

In the 60-meter hurdles, two Yale athletes earned themselves spots in the top eight finishers. In her collegiate debut, Davornne Lindo finished in seventh and ran a time of 9.61. Coming in just behind Lindo was senior Aja Thorpe who ran a time of 9.85 good for eighth place in the finals.

Lillian Enes proved herself ready for another remarkable track season. She narrowly missed setting a new school record in the 60-meter dash in the preliminary round of the event (7.69). She went on to win the event in a time of 7.74.

In the 500-meter run, the Bulldogs recorded another first-place finish. Sophomore Addison Coy, coming off a record-breaking first-year season, improved on her personal best by almost two seconds. She stayed patient over the course of the race and extended her lead over the last 150-meters, winning the event with a time of 1:14.63.

A trio of Bulldogs finished strong in the 3,000-meter run. Hannah Steffke led the charge and finished second in the event overall. Her time of 10:17 was a lifetime best by nearly ten seconds. Not far behind was fellow junior Rachel Suss, who finished third with a time of 10:19. Rounding out the pack of Yale athletes was junior Lauren Chapey. Her time of 10:28 was good for fourth place overall.

Yale fielded three relay teams in the 4x400-meter run, illustrating the depth of the long sprints this year. The first Yale team started off the event in an impressive fashion by setting a new school record, besting the previous school record by over a second. From Enes lead-off leg, the Bulldogs established a dominant lead that they only extended over the course of the event. Coy brought the team home with an impressive closing leg, helping to bring the team to a new school record. 

The team, composed of Enes, Emma Osborne, Aliyah Boshnak, and Coy ran a time of 3:47.11. To break a school record, in the first season of the meet no less, is a remarkable accomplishment for such a young group of athletes. 

Having completed one of the most impressive season openers in recent years, the Bulldogs can head into the next phase of training confident with a better knowledge of what can be focused on. After finals and winter break, the first competition will take place at the Armory in New York City, where the team will go head to head against Dartmouth and Columbia at the Yale-Dartmouth-Columbia trigonal meet. 

Complete results can be found here.

Recap by Yale Sports Publicity.