This past weekend at the Harvard-Yale-Princeton (HYP) competition, the women’s track and field team had several strong performances that helped secure a team victory against both Harvard (67–58) and Yale (67–56). It was their sixth year in a row coming out on top.
Claiming 67 total points, the Tigers performed with a broad depth of talent across all event groups. In the throwing arena, sophomore Luisa Chantler Edmond, first-year Annika Kelly, and senior Ellen Scott-Young claimed spots two through four with distances of 18.14m, 17.38m, and 17.26m respectively. As this was her first time throwing over 18m in competition, and after observing a number of personal bests set by her teammates, Chantler Edmond said she is excited to see where the team is headed: “We had a really good amount of PRs, which makes a bold statement that we aren’t here to mess around.” In the pole vault, sophomore Hanne Borstlap cleared 4.0m to win the event only weeks after returning from injury. First-year Tia Rozario also took first place in the triple jump with an impressive distance of 12.13m.
On the track, distance specialists sophomore India Weir and junior Melia Chittenden both posted PRs in the mile with times of 4:48.51 and 4:50.25 to place second and third respectively. In the 60m hurdles, sophomore Isabella Hilditch finished on top in a time of 8.53 seconds. Junior Sophie Cantine and senior Madeleine Sumner also posted personal bests in the 1000m with times of 2:48.48 and 2:48.72, placing second and third respectively. In the shorter distances, first-years Maggie Hock and Charlotte O’Toole had stellar performances in what was only their third collegiate track and field competition. Hock grabbed second in the 800m run, crossing the line in 2:10.41, while O’Toole claimed first in the 500m run in a personal-record time of 1:14.57. Reflecting on her performance, Hock says: “We had a really strong representation from all grades, and I’m excited to see how it will all come together for the Ivy League Championships.”
Speaking of the team’s powerful performance, head track coach Michelle Eisenreich commended the “grit and resilience of this group of women” and believes they will continue to work hard and improve over the next three weeks as they “make the final push to the [Ivy League] Heptagonal championships.”