Spring Training Pays Off With Wins, PRs
Williamsburg, VA. – In their first outdoor meet of the year, the Bulldogs dominated the Tribe Invitational at William and Mary. A total of five teams from the area competed at the meet. The Bulldogs swept the relays and grabbed the top spots in multiple events throughout the day. Although the invitational was not scored, the Bulldogs clearly showed that they were the leading team at the meet.
The Bulldogs took home multiple first place spots in the field events. Freshman Mike Levine, who had an impressive first indoor season, also made a great start to his first outdoor season by winning the discus with a throw of 52.29m. Senior David Smith also competed in the discus and placed fifth. Sophomore Yifan Chen won the triple jump with his best mark in both indoor and outdoor (13.55m), while senior Eric DePalo also took first in the pole vault (4.50m). Levine also placed second in the hammer throw with a mark of 51.60m, his first time competing in the outdoor-only event. Senior Reynolds Holmes continued to perform well in the long jump, coming in third (6.91m).
Sophomore Matt Bieszard, who usually competes in the middle sprints, proved his speed as well by winning the 100-meter dash in 11.01 seconds. Holmes took second in 11.15 seconds. DePalo and junior Nathan Molina followed not too far behind in fourth (11.25) and fifth place (11.27), respectively.
Junior Marty Evans had a phenomenal day, winning both the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes with a PR of 48.54 seconds in the 400-meter dash, his first time going under 49 seconds and only four-hundredths of a second off of the IC4A-qualifying standard. However, Evans did qualify for IC4As in the 200-meter dash; he and Bieszard swept the rest of the field, with Evans taking first in 21.73 seconds and Bieszard in second in 21.96 seconds. Junior Chris Stanley also finished fifth in the 200-meter dash (22.51) and the 400-meter dash (50.13).
Senior Kevin Brown also had an impressive performance in the 800-meter run, placing fourth in 1:55.87. In both their first outdoor collegiate meets, sophomore Conor Dooney and freshman Timothy Hillas went 7-8 in the event. Dooney also placed second in the 1500-meter run in 3:57.50, followed closely by junior Max Brown in third with a PR 3:58.23.
Senior Ted Galligan ran a tough race alone in the 400-meter hurdles in 55.43 seconds. The duo of junior Matt Bogdan and sophomore Nathan Richards also competed by themselves in the 3,000-meter steeplechase but stuck together to run both PRs and IC4A-qualifying times – Bogdan finished first in 9:11.86 while Richards was not far behind in 9:13.63.
The Bulldogs shined in the relays, taking first in the both the 4x100-meter and the 4x400-meter relays. Even though there weren't many teams to compete with, Holmes, Evans, Stanley and Bieszard still ran a fast time of 41.99 seconds in the 4x100-meter relay to qualify for the IC4As, with the B team of senior David Soiles, DePalo, Molina and freshman Josh Fuller also finishing second. Later in the day, Soiles, Evans, Stanley and Bieszard came back in the 4x400-meter relay to dominate the rest of the teams, taking first in 3:18.26 seconds.
With the impressive performances at their first outdoor meet, the Bulldogs certainly showed that that they are ready for the rest of the outdoor season. They will take next weekend off before competing at the Princeton Invitational from April 2-3 in Princeton, N.J.
Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity