Bulldogs Place Third at UMass Nine-Way Meet
Teams Wins 4x100-meter Relay
AMHERST, Mass. – Even though the Bulldogs aimed for a more conservative meet this Saturday, the team still placed third out of 11 teams with 101 points at the UMass Nine-Way Meet. In addition to not having any of their distance runners competing, the remaining athletes competed in fewer events in order to prepare for the second half of outdoor season. Nevertheless, the Bulldogs took home many top spots across the board.
The field events might have been one of the Bulldogs' strong points over the weekend. Senior Eric DePalo won the pole vault in 4.80m, jumping a foot more than any of his competitors. The throwers also followed with a win and two second-place finishes – freshman Mike Levine placed first in the discus (49.95m) and second in the hammer throw (49.66m), while senior David Smith placed second in the shot put (14.56m), only .02m behind Central Connecticut's Rashad Williams. The Bulldogs notched another top spot with senior Reynolds Holmes' third-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 6.62m. Sophomore Yifan Chen and junior Samba Binagi also took third (13.33m) and fourth (13.31m) in the triple jump.
In the sprints, sophomore Matt Bieszard and junior Marty Evans finished side-by-side in the 200-meter dash in second (21.76) and third (21.98), respectively. The last time they raced the 200-meter dash together, Evans edged Bieszard by .23 seconds. The pair seems as if they will continue the healthy competition they began in indoor season into outdoor as well. Juniors Nathan Molina and Chris Stanley also took seventh and ninth in the event, respectively. Another of the Bulldogs' middle sprinters, senior David Soiles, placed fourth in the 400-meter dash in 50.60 seconds. In the shorter sprints, Holmes and Molina went 5-6 in the 100-meter dash. The sprinters also won the 4x100-meter relay in 42.23 seconds.
In his first race in over two months, senior Remi Ray had a very strong performance in the 800-meter run, finishing sixth out of 52 runners in 1:55.57. Senior Ted Galligan also took third (54.82) in a close race in the 400-meter hurdles; only .21 seconds separating him from the first-place finisher, Albany's Oluebube Abara.
Albany took home the team title with 201.5 points, while UMass placed second in 135.5 points.
Fans should be sure to come out to the Bulldogs' next meet, which is at home against Harvard on April 10.
Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity