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Bulldogs Cap off Regular Season with Springtime Invitational

Hannah Steffke took second in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at this year's Springtime Invitational.
Hannah Steffke took second in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at this year's Springtime Invitational.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Yale women's track and field team capped off its regular season hosting the Springtime Invitational Sunday at the Dewitt Cuyler athletic complex.

Despite chilly conditions and rain showers on and off throughout the meet, the Bulldogs put together several impressive performances in their final tune up before the 2019 Ivy League Outdoor Championship next weekend.

Kicking off the day for the Elis, junior Hannah Steffke competed in the 3,000 meter steeplechase and bettered her previous personal best by 13 seconds to finish in 11:23.40, which was good for a second-place finish. The next event of the day was the 4x100 meter relay, where Yale's team easily won with a time of 48.19, beating second place Quinnipiac by over one second. The squad, made up of Aliya Boshnak, Lillian Enes, Sophie Isom and Ava Thomas, cruised to a win and even beat some of the men's relay times from later in the day.

In the 1500 meters, Yale dominated the race. After working together through the first 1100 meters, the Elis dropped the hammer, taking first through fourth in the contest. First across the line was Megan Quimby, who had just raced in the Distance Medley Relay at the Penn Relays on Thursday night but returned to run a personal best of 4:38.32. Finishing in second was Sevanne Ghazarian, who ran a quick 4:40.87 and was followed closely behind by teammates Gemma Shepherd, Zoe Nuechterlein and Sarah Pillard. Nuechterlein and Pillard both recorded personal records in the event as well despite poor weather conditions. Two Yalies competed in the 100 meter hurdles next, with Davornne Lindo running a personal best of 15.01 seconds and clinching  fourth place while Aja Thorpe had a solid race as well.

Next up on the track were Arianna Lord and Emma Lower in the 800 meters. Battling it out in the final 100 meters, the Bulldogs took first and second place. Lord won the event in 2:14.59 and Lower crossed just after in a 2:14.74. This marked the first 800 race of the outdoor season for Lord and solid races for both middle distance specialists as they crossed the line more than two seconds ahead of the third place finisher from Quinnipiac. Thomas, who had already competed in the 4x100 meter relay, also claimed a third-place finish in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.42 seconds.

In the final event of the day, Rachel Suss took second place and Kate Zendell took fifth in the 3,000 meters. Suss ran a perfectly paced race and crossed the line in 10:00.70, an 11 second personal best, while Zendell also took a second off of her indoor season's best to finish in 10:25.81. For the field events, junior Olivia Mooney grabbed a second-place finish in the high jump, clearing 1.60 meters alongside the event winner. Erin Gerardo won the pole vault with a jump of 3.75 meters, her highest of the season. Yale also took first and fourth place in the shot put, with first-year Emma Vasen winning with a solid throw of 14.15 meters and Alladia Patterson throwing 12.21 meters. Vasen also won the discuss and competed in the hammer throw to cap off the day.

After a successful final home meet, the Elis will prepare to travel to Princeton next week to take on the rest of their conference in the Ivy League Championships. Full results from Sunday's meet can be found here.