Coaches Sharpen Training for Mid-Season
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs will travel to Amherst, Mass., on Saturday to compete in the UMass Nine-Way Meet. After driving through the start of the outdoor season with two very strong meets, head coach David Shoehalter said the team will have a more conservative meet this weekend. Nevertheless, many Bulldogs are going into the meet with some of the top spots on the performance list.
“We’ve been training really hard for the past three weeks since break, so we’re definitely minimizing how much they’re going to compete this weekend,” Shoehalter said.
The throws are looking solid with freshman Mike Levine’s strong showing in the discus with a win at William & Mary and a second-place finish at Princeton and senior David Smith’s fifth-place finish in the shot put at Princeton; Levine also enters with the top seed in the discus. Senior Eric DePalo, who has the highest mark in the pole vault, has already matched his season best from the indoor season at the first outdoor meet. In the triple jump, both junior Samba Binagi and sophomore Yifan Chen recently made new PRs and look strong at this point in the season. The Bulldogs will also look to senior Reynolds Holmes and freshman Tommy Winger in the long jump.
In the sprints, senior David Soiles placed ninth in the 400-meter dash last week and should also provide strength to the sprint relays. The Bulldogs’ other middle sprinters, junior Marty Evans and sophomore Matt Bieszard, dropped down to the 100-meter dash at Princeton, but still performed well in the shorter sprints; Evans and Bieszard took fifth and eighth, respectively. Evans and Bieszard also went sixth and eighth in the 200-meter dash. The two are seeded second and third in the 200-meter dash and third and fourth in the 400-meter dash. The Bulldogs will also look for big performances from senior Ted Galligan, who enters with the fastest time in the 400-meter hurdles. In the 100-meter dash, Holmes, junior Nathan Molina and freshman Josh Fuller are all seeded in the top 10.
The Bulldogs should prove competitive in the 4x100-meter relay with the top seed along with Boston College and a close second-place finish behind Princeton last week. The 4x400 meter relay team is also seeded first with Albany and should place well this weekend.
The distance runners will not be competing this weekend.
Even though the Bulldogs are trimming down the number events each athlete competes in at UMass, their goal is to put on even stronger performances in postseason.
“It’s all in the training, it’s less about what happens in the meets,” Shoehalter said.
The men’s competition will start at 11:30 a.m. Other teams competing are Albany, Amherst, Central Connecticut State, Boston College, Fairfield, Holy Cross, Hartford, Trinity and Williams. Results will be posted on Yalebulldogs.com after the meet.
Report by Miriam Cho ’13, Yale Sports Publicity