DePalo Wins Pole Vault Despite Wind
PRINCETON, N.J. – Battling through Saturday's strong winds, the Bulldogs put on a strong showing on the first day of the 75th annual Heptagonals Championships at Princeton. Many of the athletes who competed made season bests or PRs, while the sprinters have at least one person competing in the finals of each event. The seniors especially came through to put the Bulldogs in good position for tomorrow's competition.
Senior Eric DePalo won the pole vault with a PR of 5.00m, the only vaulter to clear the five-meter mark in extremely windy conditions. This is DePalo's second time taking the pole vault title at Heptagonals after winning it his sophomore year. Senior Reynolds Holmes also made a season best in the long jump by one spot, placing seventh with a mark of 7.10m and missing scoring by one spot.
In his first appearance in the 400-meter dash this season, senior Remi Ray qualified for finals with an impressive time of 48.25, finishing third in his heat and holding the sixth fastest time overall. After battling injuries during indoor season, Ray has been able to get back in top form and looks ready to put on big performances in his last races at Heptagonals tomorrow. Senior David Soiles also competed in the 400-meter dash and clocked a season best of 49.51. Senior Ted Galligan ran a PR of 53.19 in the preliminaries of the 400-meter hurdles and holds the third fastest seed for tomorrow's finals. In the preliminaries of the 200-meter dash, both junior Marty Evans and sophomore Matt Bieszard qualified for the finals with the top two times, winning their separate heats with PRs of 21.03 and 21.04, respectively. Bieszard also placed second in his heat in the preliminaries of the 100-meter dash and qualified for finals in 11.01 as the sixth-fastest time. Evans and junior Nathan Molina also made personal bests of 11.06 and 11.08, respectively.
Senior Chris Labosky won his heat of the 800-meter trials in an impressive 1:51.46 against the wind, qualifying for finals with only Darryll Oliver of UPenn having a faster time. The trio of seniors Kevin Brown and Max Brown and sophomore Julian Sheinbaum also competed in the 1,500-meter run trials. Sheinbaum crossed the line first for the Bulldogs in 4:03.05, Max Brown right after Sheinbaum in 4:05.32 and Kevin Brown two spots away in 4:06.89. In the Bulldogs' last race of the day, junior Max Walden came in 15th in the 10,000-meter run in 31:10.36.
At the end of the day, Cornell was in the lead with 35 points and Princeton second with 33. Heptagonals continue on Sunday, starting with the men's decathlon at 11:00 a.m. and ending with the men's 4x400-meter relay at 5:00 p.m. A complete schedule can be found here. Results and coverage will be posted on Hepstrack.com, Ivyleaguesports.com and Yalebulldogs.com after the meet.
Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity