Bulldogs Kick Off Outdoor Season

Ted Galligan (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Ted Galligan (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Compete at William and Mary on Saturday

NEW HAVEN, Conn.  – The Bulldogs are wrapping up their training during spring break and are ready to kick off the outdoor season at the Tribe Invitational this Saturday, hosted by William and Mary. Head coach David Shoehalter said he was pleased with spring training so far.

“Weather to this point has been great. We've been able to get a few high quality workouts in,” Shoehalter said.

In the throws, freshman Mike Levine will transition to the discus after competing in the weight throw during indoor season with a high school PR of 189' 4". Levine has thrown some impressive marks in his first season and placed fifth at indoor Heptagonals in the weight throw. Junior David Smith returns in the shot put with a personal best of 14.81m. The jumps also have many strong contenders. Senior Eric DePalo made a huge PR in the pole vault to score for the Bulldogs at Heptagonals. Junior Reynolds Holmes should also prove a formidable force in the long jump, while the Bulldogs will look to junior Samba Binagi and sophomore Yifan Chen in the triple jump.

The distance events look particularly strong with senior Chris Labosky coming off a win in the 1,000-meter run at Heptagonals. The 800-meter run will also be a strong point with senior Remi Ray, who qualified for indoor IC4As early in the indoor season, and freshman Chris Ramsey, who completed an impressive indoor season even though he had not previously raced indoor in California. Sophomore Conor Dooney looks ready to make a strong outdoor debut after sitting out with injuries last season, having ran several fast times in the indoor mile. In the longer distances, juniors Matt Bogdan and Max Walden have both posted IC4A-qualifying times in the 5,000-meter run, while junior Jeff Perrella brings in a PR of 8:18.44 in the 3,000-meter run. Sophomore Jake McKenzie also scored for the team in the 3,000-meter run at Heptagonals. With a deep field of strong runners, the distance relays should also perform well, with experience from seniors Kevin Brown and Max Brown, juniors Alex Harris and Peter Vizcarrondo, sophomore Andrew Esposito and freshman Timothy Hillas.

The Bulldogs have a lot of talent in the sprints as well, with junior Marty Evans and sophomore Matt Bieszard specializing in the middle sprints. The two competed in the 400-meter dash at Heptagonals and have been consistently posting sub-50 times. Senior David Soiles should prove competitive in the middle sprints again this year after his strong 500-meter dash performances in indoor. Sophomore Chris Stanley, who ran on the 4x400 meter relay team that made its season best at indoor Heptagonals, should also contribute. In the shorter sprints, the Bulldogs will look to Holmes and junior Nathan Molina.

The transition to the outdoor season also means several athletes will be participating in different events. Senior Ted Galligan will race the longer 400-meter hurdles, having gained experience running the 4x400-meter relay during indoor season. The 4x100-meter relay should also prove strong this season.

The men’s competition will start with the shot put at 11 a.m. and conclude with 4x400-meter relay at 5:10 p.m. A complete schedule can be found here. Results will be posted on TribeAthletics.com and Yalebulldogs.com after the meet.

Report by Miriam Cho ’13, Yale Sports Publicity