Bulldogs Challenge Themselves at Harvard-Yale-Princeton
Labosky and Soiles Win Events
PRINCETON, N.J. – The Bulldogs faced tough competition this Saturday against Princeton, last year’s runner-up at indoor Heptagonals, and Harvard at the annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet. Although they placed third with 27 points this year, the Bulldogs showed depth amidst challenging opponents. As the last regular-season meet of the indoor season, they took the opportunity to get into a competitive mode before heading out to Heptagonals in two weeks. The top four spots scored in each event.
Junior David Smith started off the day with a huge PR of 15.40m in the shot put, placing fifth. Freshman Mike Levine also placed fifth in the weight throw with a mark of 16.63m. In the jumps, senior Reynolds Holmes took second in the long jump (6.76m), while sophomore Yifan Chen performed well in the triple jump again this week with a second-place finish (13.26m). In the pole vault, senior Eric DePalo also made a new season best of 4.50m and placed fifth.
On the track, senior David Soiles won the 500-meter dash in 1:05.38, edging out the Crimson’s John Dingus by .12 seconds. The duo of junior Marty Evans and sophomore Matt Bieszard went 2-3 in the 400-meter dash, both runners posting sub-50 second times once again. Holmes also qualified for the finals of the 60-meter dash and placed fifth with a season best of 7.09 seconds.
I n the distance events, senior Chris Labosky, who specializes in the 800-meter run, had no problem moving up to the 1,000-meter run, holding off the Tigers’ Trevor Van Ackersen to win the race in 2:30.08. The rest of the distance squad ran respectable races across the board. Junior Jeff Perrella came in third in the mile (4:16.61), followed by senior Kevin Brown in sixth place (4:19.37). The Bulldogs had a number of runners in the 3,000-meter run, including junior Max Walden who finished fifth (8:34.05), junior Alex Harris in seventh (8:36.81) and sophomores Nathan Richards and Jake McKenzie who followed close behind in 10th and 11th, respectively. Freshman Chris Ramsey also took fifth in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:56.71.
At the end of the day, senior Ted Galligan, Soiles, Evans and Bieszard teamed up for the 4x400-meter relay to defeat the Crimson and finish second in 3:21.18.
The Bulldogs will take next weekend off to train for indoor Heptagonals, which will be hosted by Dartmouth on Feb. 27-28.
Report by Miriam Cho ’13, Yale Sports Publicity