January 15, 2011

Yale Heads Back to the Track

Freshmen Turn in Strong Performances

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's track and field team returned to the track today after a six-week winter break. Today's meet was the second in a row that the Bulldogs have hosted at Coxe Cage so far this season. Despite the long hiatus, many freshmen had great achievements in their second meets as college athletes.

Yale's best place of the day belongs to sophomore Mike Levine, who placed second in the weight throw with a heave of 16.73m. Freshman Stefan Palios earned sixth in the shot put (14.74m) while his teammate senior David Smith placed 11th (13.04m). In the weight throw, Smith placed 13th (13.24m) and Palios placed 20th (11.85m).

Junior Yifan Chen was Yale's lone jumper for the day, but he held his own, leaping 13.13m in the triple jump to earn fourth place.

Today was the first time that Yale's cross country runners competed since the close of their season in November. The senior duo of David Demres and Itse Begho finished next to each other in the mile, running 4:23.78 and 4:25.58, respectively, for 12th and 13th places.

In the sprints, freshman Daniel Jones placed 10th in the 60-meter dash (7.08) and sophomore Christopher Ramsey placed 12th in the 400-meter dash (51.49).

Bulldog relay teams also had solid performances. The distance medley relay team earned sixth place with a time of 10:14.67. Distance coach Dan Ireland was particularly impressed with freshman James Shirvell, who ran the 1,200-meter leg of the relay.

"Shirvell ran a really good leg, maybe the best freshman leg ever on a Yale team for the 1,200-meter in the distance medley relay," he said.

Yale's 4x800 meter relay team placed fourth in their event in 3:21.94. The team comprised junior Matthew Bieszard, senior Marty Evans, senior Nathan Molina and Jones.

The Bulldogs will take to the track next on Jan. 22, when they travel to New York City to compete against Columbia and Dartmouth.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity

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