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Yale Hosts Sixth Annual Giegengack Invitational

(photo by Forrest Temple)
(photo by Forrest Temple)

Seniors' Last Chance to Shine at Coxe Cage

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs will host one of their biggest home meets this weekend at Coxe Cage with over 15 schools competing, including Georgetown, UConn, Penn and Brown. The Giegengack Invitational is named after the legendary Yale coach Bob Giegengack. Head coach David Shoehalter said that the meet is also important because it gives the Bulldogs the chance to put on some solid performances before they head into Harvard-Princeton and Heptagonals.

"It's when we begin our real championship season," Shoehalter said.

The invitational is also the seniors' last race at Coxe Cage. The Bulldogs have a talented group of seniors who should lead the team well this weekend. Senior Chris Labosky will run in the 800-meter run again after qualifying for the IC4As in the event last week, along with freshman Chris Ramsey, who won the event at the Dartmouth-Columbia meet. The mile will host a field of Bulldogs, including several longer distance runners who are using the mile to train: seniors Kevin Brown and Alex Harris, juniors Matt Bogdan, Peter Vizcarrondo, Max Walden and James Wyper, sophomores Conor Dooney, Sam Lynch, Jake McKenzie and Nathan Richards and freshmen Demetri Goutos and Matt Thwaites. Juniors David Demres and Jeff Perrella also will be making their debut in the 3,000-meter run for the season.

Senior David Soiles will aim for an IC4A-qualifying time in the 500-meter dash after nearly qualifying last week. The 60-meter hurdles will feature senior Ted Galligan, while the 200-meter dash will feature juniors Marty Evans and Nathan Molina. Evans, who is on a streak of impressive races in the middle sprints, will also test his speed in the 60-meter dash.

In the field events, junior Samba Binagi and sophomore Yifan Chen will represent the Bulldogs again in the triple jump, while junior David Smith and freshman Michael Levine will compete in the weight throw and shot put.

The distance medley relay should be an exciting race on Friday night with a host of strong runners to choose from, including Labosky, Kevin Brown, Max Brown, sophomore Andrew Esposito, and Ramsey. On Saturday, the Bulldogs will also be defending last year's victory in the 4x400-meter relay.

"We're definitely right where we need to be," Shoehalter said.

Friday's competition will start with field events at 5:00 p.m. and end with the men's distance medley relay at 8:15 p.m. Saturday's competition will start with field events at 9:30 a.m. and end with the men's 4x400-meter relay at 6:05 p.m. A complete schedule can be found here. Buses to Coxe Cage will leave every 30 minutes in front of Payne Whitney Gymnasium. Results will be posted at and after the meet.

Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity

This meet is named in honor of legendary Yale track and field coach Bob Giegengack. In his 29 years at Yale, the USA Track and Field Hall of Famer led the Elis to 183 victories, four IC4A titles, and 13 outdoor and four indoor Heptagonal championships. Teacher, coach, philosopher, tireless storyteller and international leader in track and field, Bob Giegengack spent more than 40 fruitful, exciting years in a career he loved. Helping talented young people to excel, both in their sport and in their studies, met his highest ideals. He trained his athletes, encouraged them and taught them strategies for success, always with the goal of mens sana in corpore sano, a healthy mind in a healthy body. From each athlete, he demanded the best effort possible, not just for the sake of individual achievement, but also for the good of the team. Beginning with his high school students at Brooklyn Prep, then at Fordham and Yale, and as an Olympic coach in Melbourne (1956) and Tokyo (1964), "Gieg" worked to fulfill his personal ideals as a teacher, mentor and competitor. After his retirement in 1976, he coached Yale's first women's team. The Giegengack legacy of talent, devotion and high ideals lives on at Yale today.