Athletes Continue Closing in on IC4A Standards
HANOVER, N.H. – As the season continues to gain momentum, the Bulldogs are showing more of their strength, especially in the middle sprints and distance events. The team competed against fellow Ivy League schools Dartmouth and Columbia in the annual tri-meet on Saturday and placed second after Dartmouth with 64.5 points.
In the field events, senior Reynolds Holmes dominated the long jump again this week with an IC4A-qualifying mark of 7.08m. Junior David Smith also won the shot put with a throw of 14.75m. Freshman Mike Levine continued his streak of breaking PRs with another personal best of 16.79m on in the weight throw, placing second. Freshman Tommy Winger had a breakout performance with his win in the triple jump (13.09m), with sophomore Yifan Chen placed second (12.87m). Senior Eric DePalo, returning from a long hiatus from the pole vault, placed fourth in the event.
Senior Ted Galligan returned to his specialty this weekend, the 60-meter hurdles, and barely placed second (8.6 seconds), only a hundredth of a second behind the Big Green’s Ted Lesher. In the finals of the 60-meter dash, Holmes took third (7.11 seconds) and junior Nathan Molina took fifth (7.27 seconds).
As expected, the Bulldogs swept the middle sprints. J unior Marty Evans and senior David Soiles went 1-2 in the 400-meter dash, respectively. Evans finished almost two seconds ahead of the pack in 49.92 seconds. Senior Remi Ray also swept the 500-meter dash in 1:05.27, a mere seven-hundredths of a second off of qualifying for the IC4As. Evans continued his domination with another win in the 200-meter dash (22.31 seconds). With their talented group of middle sprints runners, the Bulldogs took first in the 4x400-meter relay in 3:19.79, the second time that they have ran an IC4A-qualifying standard this indoor season.
For many of the distance runners, the tri-meet was their first competition of the season, yet the Bulldogs saw excellent performances from both seasoned upperclassmen and new freshmen. In an exciting finish in the mile, senior Kevin Brown claimed second place (4:18.51), followed closely by the Big Green’s Brad Kenemer (4:18.67) and senior Max Brown (4:18.71). Both seniors were only four seconds shy of the IC4A-qualifying time. Freshman Chris Ramsey claimed his second win of the season with a time of 1.55.83 in the 800-meter run. Junior Max Walden also took second in the 3,000-meter run, followed by fifth-place and seventh-place finishes from freshmen Demetri Goutos and Matthew Thwaites. Senior Chris Labosky, a standout runner in the 800-meter run, tested out his endurance in the 1,000-meter run and placed fifth (2:31.07). The 4x800 meter relay team came in second after the Lions.
The Bulldogs are certainly becoming a formidable force in the middle sprints and will work to dominate other events as well. Their next meet is the Boston University Terrier Invitational in Boston, Mass., on Jan. 30.
Report by Miriam Cho ’13, Yale Sports Publicity