January 20, 2011

Bulldogs Face Off Against Ivy Schools

Compete at Dartmouth-Columbia Meet on Saturday

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs will go head-to-head with Columbia and Dartmouth at the NYC Armory in New York, N.Y. this Saturday. Last year was the only time in six years that the Bulldogs did not win the meet, and they will seek to reclaim the title this year. While some events are lacking athletes from the team, David Shoehalter, the Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, said the Bulldogs' strength comes from their ability to place in the top spots in events.

"We can be thinking about winning more events than any other team," Shoehalter said.

From last week's performance at Yale's own Collegiate Invitational, the Bulldogs are already showing the results of their winter conditioning. Sophomore Mike Levine placed second in the weight throw last weekend, nearly a meter farther than his throw in December's season opener. Freshman Stefan Palios, who made PRs in both the weight throw and shot put last weekend, and senior David Smith will also look to score in the throws. In the jumps, senior Samba Binagi and junior Yifan Chen will represent the Bulldogs in the triple jump along with Tommy Winger in the long jump.

When it comes to winning events, senior captain Marty Evans and junior Matt Bieszard have plenty of experience and could sweep the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes. Senior Chris Stanley has also been a solid runner in the middle sprints and should contribute in the 4x400-meter relay as well. The short sprints also have freshman Daniel Jones, who has been putting out impressive times in the 60-meter dash, freshman Dana Lindberg, senior Nathan Molina and newcomer and junior Kisho Watanabe,.

The distance runners will run their full squad this weekend, many of them racing for the first time in several months. In the mile, junior Conor Dooney and junior Julian Sheinbaum will be competing for the first time this season but expect strong races. The Bulldogs will look to junior Charlie Jaeger and sophomore Chris Ramsey in the middle distances. In the longer races, senior Matt Bogdan and freshman Miles Richardson went 1-2 in the 3,000-meter run at the season opener, while juniors Jake McKenzie and Nathan Richards are making season debuts. Freshman James Shirvell has had a phenomenal run so far, winning the mile at the season opener and running a strong leg in the distance medley relay last Saturday. Sophomores Sam Kirtner and Kevin Lunn will also have their first race of the year after solid cross country seasons.

The tri-meet also marks the first competition against other Ivy League schools, which the Bulldogs especially look forward to.

"We're excited for this meet because anytime you compete against other Ivy League schools, it give you a sense of where you are," Shoehalter said. "It's less about the times you run, but who you beat."

The meet is scheduled to run from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Results will be posted on Ny.milesplit.com and Yalebulldogs.com after the meet.

Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity