Fast Track Promises Fast Times
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs will head to Boston this weekend for the biggest meet of the season so far at the Boston University Terrier Invitational. Each year, the meet draws a huge field of schools from the Northeast region. The university's fine track surface also gives the chance to post some fast times at this point in the season. David Shoehalter, the Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, said the team would aim to do exactly that.
"We use this meet as an opportunity for our runners to try to get good qualifying marks for Heps and beyond," Shoehalter said.
In the throws, the Bulldogs bring the trio of senior David Smith, sophomore Mike Levine and freshman Stefan Palios. Smith looks particularly strong this weekend after throwing season bests in both the shot put and weight throw from the Bulldogs' last meet at Dartmouth-Columbia. Senior Samba Binagi and junior Yifan Chen also took top spots in the triple jump last week.
On the track, the Bulldogs have two powerful sprinters in senior captain Marty Evans and junior Matt Bieszard, who have both had strong early seasons. Evans brings a time of 21.87 in the 200-meter dash, which is the fastest time in the conference as of last week. In the short sprints, freshman Daniel Jones has had remarkably consistent times in the 60-meter dash and placed second in the event at Dartmouth-Columbia. Senior Chris Stanley also expects to contribute in the sprints.
Several distance runners who tested their speed in shorter races at Dartmouth-Columbia are ready to show their strength in their usual events. Sophomore Christopher Ramsey proved his speed with a second-place finish in the 500-meter dash last Saturday and looks strong coming into the 800-meter run this weekend. Freshman James Shirvell, who won the 800-meter run last week, will aim for a strong showing in the mile. Shirvell has already won the mile earlier in the season at the Lidlifter Invitational. Senior Matt Bogdan will also be racing the mile after dominating the 3,000-meter run at Lidlifter. Senior Max Walden, who had an impressive cross-country season, will make his first appearance this season.
"We're starting to round into competitive shape and hope that the fast oval at BU will lead to some great performances," Shoehalter said.
Field events will begin at 11:00 a.m. while running events begin at 10:45 a.m. and end at 6:00 p.m. A complete schedule of events can be found here. Results will be posted at Yalebulldogs.com after the meet.
Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity