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Bulldogs head to Princeton for Ivy League Championships

Cross country captain and defending Ivy champion Andrea Masterson will be competing in the 10,000 meters in this Saturday's Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. (photo by Nina Lindberg)
Cross country captain and defending Ivy champion Andrea Masterson will be competing in the 10,000 meters in this Saturday's Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. (photo by Nina Lindberg)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- This Saturday and Sunday the Yale women's track and field team will compete against all of its Ancient Eight opponents in the 2019 Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Championship at Princeton University's Weaver Stadium.

Although the outdoor season didn't begin until late March, the Bulldogs have been preparing for this meet for many months, using indoor track and in some cases cross country to build fitness and momentum that will serve them well this weekend. Boasting record-breaking performances and some of the top times in the Ivy League, the team is primed for individual success this weekend in New Jersey.

Saturday's competition will begin with field events at 10 a.m. as senior Evelyn Roberts competes in the hammer throw for her final Heptagonal Championships. Shortly after, preliminary rounds of the running events will kick off with the 1500 meters, featuring Jocelyn Chau, Arianna Lord and Megan Quimby. Chau, who won the mile indoors at the ECAC Championships, ran an impressive time of 4:22.77 in the 1500 to open up her season at the Raleigh Relays. Despite focusing on shorter distances like the 800 meters and 1200 meters since then, Chau sits in a good position to make it through to Sunday's final round. For their own parts, Lord and Quimby have both seen steady improvements throughout the season, with Lord running a personal best of 4:36.66 in the Harvard-Yale meet while Quimby just ran her personal best of 4:38.32 last weekend to win the Yale Springtime Invite.

Next on the track will be the prelims of the 800 meters. For Yale this event will include veteran middle distance specialist Emma Lower and first-year phenom Samantha Friborg. Friborg placed fifth in the event at the Ivy League Indoor Championships this February and has been improving ever since, recording her collegiate best time of 2:07.83 two weekends ago to rank her fourth in the Ivy League this season.

On the field, Erin Gerardo will be looking to continue her upward trajectory in the pole vault while Roberts and school record holder Emma Vasen will compete in the discus throw. Vasen will enter the meet coming off wins in both the shot put and discus throws from last weekend's Springtime meet and will be looking to repeat her podium finish from indoor Heps.

Also competing Saturday for the Bulldogs are Davornne Lindo and Aja Thorpe in the 100 meter hurdles. Addison Coy, the returning Ivy League champion, will be back in her specialty: the 400 meter hurdles, looking to continue her conference dominance from last year. In the flat 400 meter dash, Aliya Boshnak, Lillian Enes, Sophie Isom, Libby McMahon and Emma Osborne are all slated to compete in the preliminary round while Ava Thomas is entered in the 100 and 200 meter dashes.

Closing out Saturday's competition, Andrea Masterson and Jane Miller will be racing in the 10,000 meters at 8 p.m. Masterson placed fourth in the event last year and enters this year boasting one of the top times in the league.

Sunday's races will begin with Kayley DeLay and Hannah Steffke in the 3,000 meter steeplechase going off at 12 p.m. DeLay currently sits at the top of the Ivy League rankings after her nearly 20 second personal best at Penn Relays last week helped her cross the line in 10:12.74. Jumping for Yale on Sunday are Elizabeth Adelson and Olivia Mooney in the high jump and Tessa Malone in the triple jump. Additionally, Vasen and Alladia Patterson are competing in the shot put.

Rounding out Sunday's competition, Masterson, Sevanne Ghazarian and Rachel Suss will be running the 5,000 meters and Yale will have relay squads in the 4x800 meter relay, the 4x400 meter relay and the 4x100 meter relay.

The meet will be broadcast live on ESPN+ here for day 1 and here for day 2, with a special broadcast of Saturday night's 10,000 meters here. Additionally, live results throughout the weekend can be found here.