Bulldogs Give Solid Performance at Season Opener
Several Qualify for IC4As
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs set a strong pace for rest of the indoor season at the Lidlifter Invitational at Coxe Cage on Saturday. Although the meet was not scored, the Bulldogs gave many strong individual performances, including three that qualified for the IC4A Championships to be held in March.
To start off the meet, freshman Mike Levine took third in the weight throw (15.18m), and junior David Smith took second in the shot put (14.68m). The Bulldogs went 1-2 in the triple jump with solid performances from sophomore Yifan Chen (12.88m) and junior Somba Binagi (12.22m).
While most of the men's distance squad did not compete to recuperate from cross-country season, the few individuals who ran dominated their events. Junior Matt Bogdan finished well ahead of the competition in the 5,000-meter run with an IC4A-qualifying time of 14:45.06.
"I raced to get a good early season effort in," Bogdan said. "Max Walden paced me fantastically within two miles, and I had even splits the whole way."
In the 800-meter run, senior Remi Ray also ran a strategic race to win with an IC4A-qualifying time of 1:53.99.
"It went exactly as I planned," Ray said. "We knew that the other team was going to have a rabbit, so my coach told me not to go with him, to hang back and conserve energy."
Freshman Christopher Ramsey also kicked off his collegiate career with a win in the 1,000-meter run in 2:31.96, only two seconds shy of the qualifying standard for the IC4As.
The Bulldogs gave a strong showing in the sprints as well. Junior Marty Evans placed third in the 400-meter dash (51.16), and senior Ted Galligan placed fourth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.87). In the 200-meter dash, the trio of sophomore Matt Bieszard, Evans, and junior Nathan Molina finished second, third and fourth, respectively.
The Bulldogs put on an aggressive race in the 4x400-meter relay to place second in 3:19.55, another time that qualifies for the IC4As. Ray, who ran anchor leg, gradually closed in on the last lap, but Manhattan's last leg was just able to hold him off.
Nevertheless, the Bulldogs' overall performance has shown that their fall training has paid off. They will continue training into December until they host the Giegengack Invitational at Coxe Cage on Jan. 9.
Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity