NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- After officially opening the 2019 outdoor season last weekend, the Yale women's track and field team is traveling down to Princeton this Saturday to compete in the Sam Howell Invitational.
The meet poses a great chance to get familiar with Princeton's track and field facilities, where the 2019 Ivy League Outdoor Championship will be held in early May. Additionally, Saturday's warmer weather should provide ample opportunity for successful performances.
In the field events seven different women will be competing for Yale. The early field events of the day include Natasha Feshbach in the javelin and Angele Kelly and Tessa Malone in the long jump. The junior duo of Elizabeth Adelson and Olivia Mooney will both be high jumping at the meet while Evelyn Roberts and Emma Vasen will take over the throwing events. Roberts and Vasen are both set to compete in the hammer throw and Vasen is also entered in the discuss and the shot put, where she holds the school record indoors.
In the sprint events, the Bulldogs have women entered in the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, the 400 meters and two relay races. The 4x100 meter relay team consists of Aliya Boshnak, Lauren Drysch, Lillian Enes and Sophie Isom, with Boshnak and Isom both slated to run legs of the 4x400 meter relay as well. Meanwhile in the individual events, first-years Roxanne Harris, Maya Sharp and Lauren Stavig and sophomore Arielle Tessier will all run the 100 meter dash.
Looking to improve upon her impressive times from the indoor season, Emma Osborne will be competing in the 200 meters alongside teammates Boshnak, Tessier, Libby McMahon and Ava Thomas. The longest sprint event of the meet, the 400 meter dash, will include Isom, Sharp and Ariel Claxton, while Yale prepares to race two 4x400 meter relay squads.
Hurdling for the Bulldogs are Davornne Lindo and Aja Thorpe in the 100 meter hurdles, and last year's Ivy League champion in the event Addison Coy in the 400 meter hurdles. Yale also has a number of athletes competing in the middle and longer distances. Sophomores Chloe Jensen and Megan Quimby will race in the 800 meters alongside track and field captain Emma Lower. All three will be looking to build off their momentum from strong indoor seasons and open the outdoor campaign with season's bests in the event.
In the 1500 meters four Yalies will be racing, including Sevanne Ghazarian, a staple scoring team member for the Bulldogs during cross country. Arianna Lord, Zoe Nuechterlein and Sarah Pillard will all be competing as well and looking for personal bests in the event. Hannah Steffke, Rachel Suss and Kate Zendell will all be competing in the 5,000 meters on Saturday afternoon. All three athletes ran well in the 3,000 meters indoors and will be building on that momentum on Saturday in the longest race of the day for the Bulldogs.
Saturday's competition begins at 10 a.m. with the men's javelin.