Chau, DeLay, Friborg and 4x800 Relay Runners-Up at Ivy League Championship

Jocelyn Chau. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Jocelyn Chau. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

PRINCETON, N.J. – Going head-to-head against history Ivy League rivals, the Yale women's track and field team put up a number of strong performances. On the second day of the Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track and Field Championships, underclassmen shone in their individual events and the 4x800-meter relay team took second.

Compared to Saturday's optimal conditions for competition, Sunday presented the additional challenge of rain and low temperatures at Princeton University's Weaver Stadium. Nonetheless, the Bulldogs were prepared to overcome any barriers to perform their best at the championship meet.

In the first events on the track, the Bulldogs proved they were ready for a day of impressive individual performances. 

Sophomore Kayley DeLay raced in the first event on the track: the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Sunday's weather only served to add difficulty to the already challenging event. However, DeLay proved to be up to the challenge and finished second in the event with a time just off her lifetime best (10:13.52). She was less than a second behind the first-place finisher.

Shortly after, first year Jocelyn Chau took to the track for the 1,500-meter run. The event was yet another big scoring event for the Bulldogs as Chau took second in the event. She crossed the line in 4:25.09.

Recording this high of a finish as only a first year is a truly remarkable accomplishment and beyond that, Chau was less than half a second behind the first-place finisher.

First year Samantha Friborg rounded out the group of underclassmen runner-up finishers. In a stacked race that took the first lap out in a blazing 61 second quarter, Friborg stayed patient and moved up in the final 200-meters of the race to finish second in the 800-meter run, finishing with a time of 2:08.33.

Chau, DeLay and Friborg, all as just first years and sophomores, have already established themselves as integral members of the Yale track and field team. The future is bright for these athletes.

Off the track, another underclassman, Emma Vasen, recorded yet another scoring performance in the shot put. Vasen matched her performance from the indoor Ivy League Championships by finishing fourth in the event, exemplifying her strength and consistency under pressure even as a younger athlete.

Junior Lillian Enes improved off her finish on Saturday in the 400-meter run to score for the Bulldogs. Enes finished sixth in the 400-meter run with a time of 56.35. 

In the 400-meter hurdles, sophomore Addison Coy scored for the Bulldogs. She ran a new season best time of 1:00.17 to finish sixth overall.

Also in the sprint events, the 4x100-meter relay team composed of Enes, Aliya Boshnak, Sophie Isom, and Ava Thomas placed fifth overall. 

In the final individual event of the Ivy League championship of 2019 on the track, senior Andrea Masterson capped off her weekend with a phenomenally challenging double: running the 10,000-meter run on Saturday night and coming back to run the 5,000-meter run less than 24 hours later. Masterson narrowly missed scoring in both events but completed more than 37 laps around Princeton's Weaver Track in less than a day.

The 4x800-meter relay team built off the momentum set earlier in the day in the middle distance events to earn second in the event. Chau and Friborg doubled back from their second-place performances in individual events earlier in the day to help the team to its impressive finish. Junior Arianna Lord and senior Emma Lower, middle distance phenoms, also were integral to the success of the relay team. 

The Bulldogs ended the competition with a total of 46 points earned by seven individual athletes and two relay teams. Complete results can be found here. 

While the Ivy League Championship wraps up the outdoor season for some, a number of athletes that earned qualifying marks will head back to Princeton for ECAC Championships next weekend. 

Recap by Gabrielle Rinne '19, Yale Sports Publicity.