Bulldogs to Compete for Eighth Consecutive Win
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs will face off against Harvard this Saturday at home in their annual dual meet, a tradition that has been going on since 1891. The Bulldogs are aiming for their eighth consecutive victory after dominating the Crimson at last year's meet by 51 points. The meet will also give the chance for several athletes to compete in a low-key atmosphere before participating in the nationally acclaimed Penn Relays next week. Since it is a dual meet, head coach David Shoehalter said the team will focus on placement rather than times and marks.
“This meet is more about team performance than achieving great times and distances,” Shoehalter said.
The Bulldogs certainly look strong as a team after placing third at the UMass Nine-Way Meet last Saturday, even after reducing the number of events in which each athlete competed. The field events look solid with Eric DePalo's win in the pole vault at the UMass meet; DePalo will try to top his second-place finish from last year's meet with Harvard. Freshman Mike Levine has been phenomenal in the discus throw this outdoor season with two wins and a second-place finish under his belt. Junior David Smith has also performed well in the shot put, having placed second at UMass last week. Senior Reynolds Holmes will vie for a second consecutive win in the long jump at the dual meet, while junior Samba Binagi and sophomore Yifan Chen have been consistent in the triple jump this season.
The distance runners are ready to race after taking last weekend off. On top of winning the 1,500-meter run at last season's dual meet, senior Chris Labosky also won the event at the Princeton Invitational two weeks ago. In addition to Labosky, the distance squad has many runners who have had strong races in the 1,500-meter run, including senior Kevin Brown, juniors Max Brown and David Demres and sophomore Conor Dooney. In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, the duo of junior Matt Bogdan and sophomore Nathan Richards both seem ready to shave off more time after consistently running well in the last two meets; Richards also finished second in the event at Harvard last year. Senior Max Walden is coming off an IC4A-qualifying race in the 10,000-meter run at Princeton, while sophomore Jake McKenzie is on the edge of qualifying for the IC4As in the 5,000-meter run. Sophomore Chris Ramsey may also contribute in the 800-meter run after placing seventh in his last race.
The sprinters also look strong with junior Marty Evans and sophomore Matt Bieszard taking the top spots in the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes throughout the season, while also proving their speed in the 100-meter dash. Evans has won the 200-meter dash at last year's meet with Harvard. Senior Ted Galligan also dominated the hurdle events at last year's meet, taking first in the 110-meter hurdles and second in the 400-meter hurdles. Senior Remi Ray, who won the 400-meter dash last year, had a solid outdoor debut last week and looks strong going into the meet. Another key middle sprinter is fellow senior David Soiles, who placed second after Ray in the 400-meter dash last season. The Bulldogs' runners in the shorter sprints may include Holmes, junior Nathan Molina and junior Chris Stanley.
In the relays, the Bulldogs will try to repeat their wins in both the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays from last year's dual meet. The 4x100 meter relay team is also coming off a win from the UMass meet.
The Crimson should provide some healthy competition for the Bulldogs after a third-place finish at the Brown Invitational last weekend. During indoor season, the Crimson also placed fourth at Heptagonals.
Field events start at 12:00 p.m. with the men's hammer throw and pole vault. Running events start at 1:00 p.m. with the women's 4x100-meter relay and conclude at 4:05 p.m. with the men's 4x400-meter relay. A complete schedule can be found here. Buses to Dewitt Cuyler Field will leave in front of Payne Whitney Gymnasium every 30 minutes. Results will be posted on Yalebulldogs.com after the meet.
Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity