Bulldogs Continue Competition on Day Two at Penn Relays

Conor Dooney (photo by Forrest Temple, Yale Athletics)
Conor Dooney (photo by Forrest Temple, Yale Athletics)

Freshman Mike Levine Places Third in Discus


PHILADELPHA – The Bulldogs had their busiest day of the Penn Relays on Friday, competing in four field events and three relays. The Penn Relays were an opportunity for a select group of Bulldogs to race at one of the most renowned track and field events in the U.S., and several of them took some of the top spots in their divisions.

Freshman Mike Levine placed third in the Championship division of the discus, coming through with a huge PR of 54.41m to pass his previous best by over nine feet. Senior David Smith also competed in the Eastern division of the shot put, placing 21st with a throw of 14.61m. Senior Eric DePalo made an impressive fifth-place finish in the Eastern division of the pole vault with a mark of 4.80m. In the long jump, senior Reynolds Holmes also competed in the Eastern division and placed 20th with a jump of 6.78m. 

The relay teams also ran several top performances. In their first race of the outdoor season, the distance medley relay took fifth in the college men's division with seniors Chris Labosky and Remi Ray, sophomore Conor Dooney and freshman Chris Ramsey running for the Bulldogs. Their time of 9:50.44 also beat fellow Ivy League schools UPenn and Dartmouth. The 4x100 meter relay team of Holmes, junior Marty Evans, junior Chris Stanley and sophomore Matt Bieszard placed sixth in their heat and 37th overall out of 87 teams in the college men's division (42.22), only five spots away from qualifying for the College final on Saturday. Evans, Stanley and Bieszard came back later in the day along with senior David Soiles to place fourth in the Heptagonal section of the 4x400-meter relay, which is reserved for Ivy League schools. The team ran 3:18.74 to beat Brown and Dartmouth.

The rest of the team will compete at home on Sunday at the Yale Springtime Invitational before training for Heptagonals Championships on May 8-9. 

Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity