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First Year Vasen Wins Three Events at Harvard-Yale Dual Meet

Emma Vasen. (photo by Nina Lindberg, Yale Athletics)
Emma Vasen. (photo by Nina Lindberg, Yale Athletics)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs hosted Ivy League rival Harvard in the longest-standing dual meet in the country on Saturday. First year Emma Vasen not only competed in all of the throwing events but scored in each and every throwing event. 

The weather was warm and sunny for the day of competition at the Dewitt Cuyler athletic complex. While the Yale women's track and field team fell to Harvard, there were solid performances across event groups.

Yale women won six events in total, with Vasen as the individual champion of three events.

Vasen won the shot put, discus, and hammer throw in a dominant fashion. In a testament to her strength, she also competed in the javelin throw for the first time this season, finishing in second.

In the process, Vasen set new lifetime bests in each and every event. She set yet another school record in the shot put of 14.72 meters, improving on her record from last week, while also landing herself on the top 10 list in the discus with a throw of 43.52 meters.

With these wins, she has earned herself a spot in the Harvard-Yale versus Oxford-Cambridge (HY-OC) competition that will take place in June, an impressive honor.

Tessa Malone also recorded another top finish for the Bulldogs in the field events in the triple jump by winning the triple jump. She jumped a new season best of 11.36 meters to win the event and earn a spot on the HY-OC squad.

On the track, Kayley DeLay opened up the individual events for the day with a win. In the 3000-meter steeplechase, she took the lead from the start and held it the entire way, running a new lifetime best of 10:31.45, good for fifth on the all-time list.

Samantha Friborg followed up the strong start with a win in the 800-meter run not long after. Like DeLay, she led from the start in a gutsy performance, creating a gap between her and the other performances which she maintained throughout. She crossed the line in a new outdoor season best of 2:08.36 which places her at fifth on the all-time list.

Elizabeth Adelson and Angele Kelly finished second in the high jump and third in the long jump, respectively. Adelson jumped a new season best of 5'4.25". Kelly's jump of 5.30 meters earned her third.

A large contingent of Yale athletes took to the track in the 1500-meter run. The top performer for the Bulldogs was first year Jocelyn Chau, who finished second with a time of 4:28.37. Junior Arianna Lord was not far behind in 4:36.66, running a new collegiate best in the event and crossing the line in fourth place.

There was also an impressive showing for the Bulldogs in the 400-meter run. Sophomore Lillian Enes led the charge by finishing second with a time of 55.55, moving her name up to fourth on the all-time list. Aliyah Boshnak also earned herself a spot on the all-time list by running a new best time of 56.42, finishing in third. Not far behind was Emma Osborne and Libby McMahon, who crossed the line in 57.99 and 58.33, respectively.

In the 400-meter hurdles, Addison Coy scored for Yale, finishing in second. Her time of 1:00.24 is a new season best.

In the final individual event of the day, Andrea Masterson and Sevanne Ghazarian finished second and third in the 5000-meter run. Masterson crossed the line in 17:11.90 and Ghazarian was not far behind in 17:14.44.

The 4x400-meter relay team ended a successful day by finishing second with a time of 3:49.85.

Complete results can be found here.

Recap by Gabrielle Rinne '19, Yale Sports Publicity