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Bulldogs Start Off Strong on Day One of Giegengack Invitational

Matt Bieszard (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Matt Bieszard (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)


Distance Medley Relay Places Second

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs opened up the Giegengack Invitational with strong performances in the field events and the 200-meter dash. The distance runners also put on a well-fought race in the distance medley relay. Overall, the first day of the meet was an exciting precursor to Saturday's competition.

Freshman Mike Levine racked up another impressive performance in the throws with a third-place finish in the weight throw (16.54m). Freshman Tommy Winger also placed ninth in the long jump (6.24m).

“This week might have been my week, but last week was his (Evans') week,” Bieszard said. “It’s good to always practice with someone you know. He pushes you as hard as you push him.”

The Bulldogs closed the night with a second-place finish in the distance medley relay from senior Chris Labosky, senior David Soiles, freshman Chris Ramsey and senior Kevin Brown. Their impressive time of 10:02.24 also qualified them for the IC4As. In the 1200-meter leg, Labosky started off slow but put the Bulldogs in a good position as he an d Central Connecticut’s runner separated themselves from the pack.

“He matched each move that I made,” Labosky said. “I think we handed off at the same time.”

Although the Blue Devils eventually pulled away, Brown made a good effort to close the gap in the mile. 

“I started off too ambitious,” Brown said. “But for this point in the season, I think it was a good team effort.”

Saturday’s competition kicks off with field events at 9:30 a.m. and running events at 11:50 a.m. Buses to Coxe Cage will leave every 30 minutes in front of Payne Whitney Gymnasium. 

Report by Miriam Cho, ’13 Yale Sports Publicity