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Lifetime Bests Abound at Valentine Invitational

Aliyah Boshnak. (photo by Steve Musco)
Aliyah Boshnak. (photo by Steve Musco)

BOSTON -- The Yale women's track and field team traveled north to Boston to compete in the David Hemery Valentine Invitational on Friday. The Bulldogs proved themselves ready for the quickly approaching championship season, recording many lifetime bests, season bests, and yet another school record.

For yet another year, the Valentine Invitational hosted at Boston University's Track and Tennis Center provided an excellent venue for competition. In a day that included professional and collegiate athletes from across the nation, the Bulldogs had one of the best days of competition so far.

The day of competition started off on a high note with the 60-meter hurdles and 800-meter run. Davornne Lindo recorded an 11th place finish in the 60-meter hurdles, crossing the line in 9.79.

Fellow first-year Samantha Friborg continued her impressive trajectory in the middle distance events, culminating in a new first-year record for the Bulldogs. In running a time of 2:09.71, she broke the previous record by more than a second and earned herself a 19th place finish in a stacked field of professional and collegiate runners.

Senior captain Emma Lower displayed that she is well-prepared for the championship season. Lower ran a season best time of 2:14.41, improving substantially over her previous performance in the event.

In the 60-meter run, Arielle Tessier ran close to her collegiate best. She finished 21st and ran a time of 8.21.

Lillian Enes ran a new indoor lifetime best in the 200-meter run of 24.96. Not far behind was first-year Aliya Boshnak, crossing the line in 25.33.

The solid performances in the 200-meter run were complemented well by strong performances in the longer sprints recorded by two first-year athletes. First-year Maya Sharp ran a new personal best in the 500-meter run of 1:18.97 and Sophie Isom recorded an impressive collegiate debut in the 400-meter run of 57.34.     

Two Bulldogs ran their way to lifetime bests in the middle distance events as well. Arianna Lord ran a time of 2:53.02 in the 1,000-meter run. First-year athlete Jocelyn Chau ran her way to a spot in one the top-ten indoor list in the mile. Chau clocked a time of 4:47.74 in the event, earning herself 19th place.

Sophomore Megan Quimby and junior Hannah Steffke also ran their way to new collegiate bests in the mile.

In the 4x400-meter, the all-star relay team composed of Boshnak, Enes, Emma Osborne and Addison Coy set another school record, breaking their own record set in December. Most impressively, the team improved on its previous mark by a wide margin of five seconds. The four women set a new record of 3:42.75, narrowly missing first place in the event.

In the 3,000-meter run, senior Andrea Masterson improved on her already impressive lifetime best by four seconds, running a time of 9:23.41. Not far behind was sophomore Kayley DeLay. For the second time this year, DeLay improved on her personal best by a remarkable margin of nearly ten seconds. DeLay crossed the line in 9:31.09.

Capping off a successful day of competition, juniors Jane Miller and Rachel Suss both recorded new lifetime bests in the 5,000-meter run. Miller impressively improved on her previous best by over 30 seconds, running a time of 16:58. In her debut in the event, Suss ran a time of 17:49 and finished well toward the top of the field. 

The Valentine Invitational proved that the Bulldogs are primed and ready for a remarkable championship season. With new season bests under their belt, the team should carry confidence going forward. If the competition Friday is any indication of what is to come for the team, the Bulldogs will be a team to keep an eye out for.

Complete results can be found here.

Recap by Yale Sports Publicity