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Successful Opening Day for the Bulldogs at ECACs

Erin Gerardo. (photo courtesy Ivy League)
Erin Gerardo. (photo courtesy Ivy League)

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Competing at Princeton for the second straight weekend, the Yale women's track and field team brought its best performances to Weaver Stadium on Day 1 of the ECAC Championship Saturday.

Yale traveled south to Princeton again this weekend to compete at the ECAC Championships. The fields of the championship meet, as promised by the competition's qualifying standards, were impressive. The opening day of competition on Saturday consisted of preliminary rounds to qualify for the final round of competition on Sunday for most events while the long distance events and field events were solely final rounds.

Sophomore Erin Gerardo and junior Jane Miller were the first athletes to score for the Bulldogs on Saturday. 

A smaller group of Yale athletes traveled to Saturday's competition as most of the team concluded the season with the Ivy League Track and Field Championships last weekend. Another group of athletes was resting coming off some impressive finishes at Thursday's West Point Invitational before heading to the NCAA regionals competition in hopes of making a bid for the NCAA National Championship.

Bulldog athletes that did compete Saturday recorded some of their best performances of the season.

In the 800-meter run, the middle distance duo of first-year Samantha Friborg and senior Emma Lower repeated solid performances from the previous weekend at the ECAC Championship. Friborg cut-down her season-best time to 2:07.23 to earn third in the preliminary round. Her new season-best will likely secure her a qualifying spot for the regionals competition at the end of May.

Friborg easily secured herself a spot in Sunday's final.

Lower competed in her second 800-meter run in three days, coming off a new season-best set at the West Point Invitational, and ran a 2:13.80.

Sophomore Megan Quimby was the sole Yale athlete in the 1,500-meter run. For the second straight weekend, she ran a 4:32, a substantial improvement from her previous lifetime best heading into the 2019 campaign. For Quimby, her performance Saturday wraps up a season marked by substantial improvement in which she was a crucial part of Yale's middle distance success.

Miller dropped down in distance from her specialty event of the 10,000-meter run to compete in the 5,000-meter run. She crossed the line in 17:02.39, just off her lifetime best in the event. She finished in sixth, earning three points for Yale.

Off the track, sophomore Gerardo earned seventh in the pole vault to score for the Bulldogs. She cleared a height of 3.71 meters.

First-year Emma Vasen, one of the key athletes in the Bulldogs' success over the course of the season, will compete in two events on Sunday: the shot put and the discus. In past weeks, she has shown her strength and ability to double back in multiple events and will be looking to do the same on Sunday.

Complete results for day one, as well as live results for Sunday's competition, can be found here.

Report by Gabrielle Rinne '19, Yale Sports Publicity.