Multiple Wins Across Events
NEW YORK – The Bulldogs placed second in the annual tri-meet with Dartmouth and Columbia on Saturday. Although the Bulldogs had no one competing in several events, they were able make a close run with the meet winner Dartmouth. The Bulldogs scored a total of 53 points.
David Shoehalter, the Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, said the Bulldogs' ability to win events made up for the their absence in the high jump, pole vault and hurdles.
"There were events we just didn't score in, but it shows how competitive this meet was," Shoehalter said.
The Bulldogs had a particularly strong showing in the field events with two wins – junior Yifan Chen in the triple jump (13.34m) and freshman Dana Lindberg in his first appearance in the long jump (6.57m). Senior Samba Binagi and sophomore Tommy Winger also followed with second-place finishes in the triple jump (13.04m) and long jump (6.42m), respectively. In the throws, senior David Smith placed second in the shot put (14.95m) and fourth in the weight throw (13.85m) with a pair of season bests. Freshman Stefan Palios also placed fourth in the shot put (14.34m).
Senior captain Marty Evans and junior Matthew Bieszard took the middle sprints by storm, Evans winning the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.87, no. 2 for Yale indoor, and Bieszard winning the 400-meter dash in 49.28. Evans also followed through with a second-place finish in the 400-meter dash (49.49). Sophomore Christopher Ramsey, in his first time competing in the 500-meter dash, placed second in 1:05.92.
The distance runners had equal success with freshman James Shirvell winning the 800-meter dash in 1:54.65. In the mile, junior Conor Dooney took third with a PR of 4:11.70 and the pair of juniors Nathan Richards and Julian Sheinbaum coming in ninth (4:18.86) and 10th (4:20.33), respectively. Freshman Ryan Laemel came in first for the Bulldogs in the 3,000-meter run in 12th place (8:34.17) with sophomore Sam Kirtner following close behind in 13th place (8:36.43).
Not only did the Bulldogs score huge points individually, they were largely successful in the relays as well with second-place finishes and season bests in both the 4x400-meter and 4x800-meter relays. The 4x400 meter lineup of Bieszard, Jones, Ramsey and Evans ran 3:20.11, while the team of freshman Michael Pierce, Richards, Shirvell and sophomore Timothy Hillas ran 7:57.08.
The Bulldogs will next compete at the Boston University Terrier Invitational on Jan. 28.
Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity