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Track and field teams get into gear over winter break

The indoor season began with the Yale Invitational, in which five Bears won their events

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Sports Staff Writer
Friday, January 24, 2014

The indoor season is well underway for the men’s and women’s track and field teams.

In the first meet of the year, the Yale Invitational, five Bears claimed their individual events. Ned Willig ’16 took first place in the 800-meter dash with a time of 1 minute, 51.81 seconds, the best time in the Ivy League this season. On the women’s side, Victoria Buhr ’14 captured the top spot in the discus with a 13.99-meter toss.

The following weekend, the Bears traveled to Boston and competed at the Battle of Beantown. The men’s and women’s squads combined for a total of 12 top-three finishes. Colin Savage ’14 finished second in the mile with a 4:16.06 time, while Ryan Kelly ’16 finished third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.17. On the women’s side, Morayo Akande ’16 and Shanelle DeJournett ’17 tied for second in the high jump with a height of 1.65 meters.

The team will compete at indoor tournaments each weekend in preparation for the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships in March. This weekend, the squad travels to Boston and Cambridge to compete in three competitions — the Northeastern Invitational, the Boston University Terrier Invitational and the Harvard Multi-Event Challenge.

“We can’t just rely on the members of the team who are expected to place,” Akande said. “It’s on every single one of us to catch the competitors in front of us so we could place high at championships.”

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