Bulldogs Finish Out Second Day of Indoor Heptagonals
HANOVER, N.H. - The Bulldogs placed eighth with 28 points at indoor Heptagonals Championships this weekend, hosted by Dartmouth. They qualified in two more events for IC4As, while several athletes peaked with season bests at the most anticipated of the indoor season.
Freshman Mike Levine got the Bulldogs off to a good start by scoring in the weight throw with a huge PR of 17.98m, almost a difference of four feet from his previous best mark. His fifth-place finish also qualified him for IC4As.
Senior Chris Labosky proved his dominance in the 1,000-meter run once again with a victory in 2.25.50, another season best after winning the trials a day before. He ran with the leading pack of Kyle Soloff of Princeton and defending champion Jeff Moriarty of Columbia before pulling away for the win.
Labosky later joined the distance medley relay team with senior Kevin Brown, junior Chris Stanley and freshman Chris Ramsey to finish third in 9:55.44 seconds, the first sub-10 time they have ran this season. The 4x800 meter relay team also topped its previous season best by almost 15 seconds to finish in 7:49.67, an IC4A-qualifying time. The squad consisted of senior Max Brown, sophomores Jake McKenzie and Andrew Esposito and freshman Timothy Hillas.
In the 400-meter dash, both junior Marty Evans and sophomore Matt Bieszard narrowly missed scoring for the Bulldogs. Bieszard placed seventh in 49.67 seconds, while Evans finished eighth in 49.90 seconds.
Nevertheless, the Bulldogs closed off the day well by winning their heat in the 4x400-meter relay and placing fourth overall. Evans and Bieszard teamed up with seniors David Soiles and Ted Galligan to run a time of 3.19.86.
The Tigers took home the conference title with 181 points, defeating defending champion Cornell, who scored 149 points.
Although the indoor season is over for most of the team, several Bulldogs will compete in the IC4A Championships next week, hosted by Boston University, on Mar. 6-7.
Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity