4x100 meter Relay Team Takes First
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – On Sunday, the Bulldogs had one last chance to sharpen their skills before post-season at the Yale Springtime Invitational. It was also the last meet for the seniors at home in the Dewitt Cuyler Athletic Complex. The meet hosted several teams from the Northeast area, including Ivy League schools Dartmouth and Harvard. Many of the athletes made PRs as a springboard going into post-season.
Although the Bulldogs were small in number for the field events, the athletes who did compete represented the team well. Junior David Smith placed third in the shot put (15.35m), making his third-best throw in both indoor and outdoor season, along with a tenth-place finish in the discus.
“It looks promising, bodes well for Heps. I made finals indoors, so I'm hoping to build on that and score some points for the team,” Smith said.
Junior Samba Binagi also took fifth in the triple jump (13.21m).
The sprints had a number of top performances, including senior Ted Galligan, who won the 400-meter hurdles with a PR of 53.79 seconds. Junior Marty Evans also placed second in the 400-meter dash in 48.56 seconds, his third sub-49 time this season.
“I was originally only supposed to run the 4x1, but I talked my coach into letting me get one last 400-meter in before Heps,” Evans said.
The short sprinters faced a windy day, but the Bulldogs still put on some fast times. Junior Nathan Molina took sixth in the 100-meter dash (11.30), followed by freshman Tommy Winger in 15th (11.74) and sophomore Yifan Chen in 23rd (11.94).
The distance runners also had several PRs and strong races. The Bulldogs had a solid showing in the 1,500-meter run; in a packed field of 71 runners, sophomore Julian Sheinbaum took third in 3:57.40, followed by the pair of sophomore Jake McKenzie and senior Alex Harris who finished neck and neck in fifth (3:59.30) and sixth (3:59.38), respectively, with Harris running a PR. Freshman Sam Kirtner also placed 13th (4:02.11), and junior David Demres placed 22nd (4:04.44). Sheinbaum, who took indoor season off, said he felt that he was finally getting back in shape. Although he was aiming for a win, Sheinbaum said he was pleased overall with his race.
“The difference between racing and running is that running is against the clock, racing is against others. Today was a racing day,” Sheinbaum said.
The 800-meter run also had a large number of contenders, with senior Max Brown placing eighth (1:56.55), sophomore Charlie Jaeger placing 15th (1:58.06) and freshman Timothy Hillas placing 23rd (1:59.77) out of 64 runners. In the 5,000-meter run, the last distance race of the day, the Bulldogs saw impressive races from the freshmen pair of Matthew Thwaites and Demetri Goutos; Thwaites placed third with an 11-second PR (15:00.88), and Goutos placed 14th (15:38.60).
“The team saw that I was pretty close with three laps to go, and they really helped me pull through the last couple of laps. Their cheering was awesome,” Thwaites said.
After running at Penn Relays the day before, the 4x100-meter relay team of senior Reynolds Holmes, junior Marty Evans, junior Chris Stanley and sophomore Matt Bieszard came back on Saturday to take first in 41.70 seconds, only .07 seconds off from their season best.
The Bulldogs will take next weekend off to train for the most anticipated meet of the season, Heptagonals Championships, hosted by Princeton on May 8-9. With the strong performances at both the Penn Relays and the Springtime Invitational over the past week, the Bulldogs look ready to make a strong finish to the season.
Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity