February 3, 2011

Bulldogs Host Annual Giegengack Invitational

Meet Marks Preparation for Post-Season

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Coxe Cage will be abuzz this weekend as the Bulldogs host the seventh annual Giegengack Invitational. Named after the legendary Yale coach Bob Giegengack, the meet will feature more than 16 schools from the region. With the high level of competition, the Bulldogs will also use the meet to gear up for Harvard-Princeton and Heptagonals.

"The Giegengack Invite gives our athletes a chance to compete on our home venue against high quality opposition. Every event in the meet should be extremely competitive," said David Shoehalter, the Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field.

Senior captain Marty Evans has been on a phenomenal run this season, setting personal bests in both the 200- meter and 400-meter dashes in the last two meets. Junior Matt Bieszard also showed his strength with a third-place finish in the 500-meter dash at the Terrier Invitational last Saturday. Freshman Daniel Jones has played a key role in the short sprints, qualifying for the finals of the 60-meter dash last weekend, while seniors Chris Stanley and Nathan Molina should also contribute in the sprints. The Bulldogs will also front a team in the 4x400-meter relay this year, which should prove a formidable force with runners like Evans, Bieszard, Stanley and others.

The Bulldogs have seen huge contributions on the distance side from freshman James Shirvell, already with two wins this season and building off of a PR in the mile from last Saturday. Fellow freshman Michael Pierce also ran a PR in the 1,000-meter run last week. Other runners to watch out for in the mile and 1,000-meter run include junior Conor Dooney, who ran a personal best in his last mile at Dartmouth-Columbia, and junior Julian Sheinbaum. Sophomore Chris Ramsey also looks strong in the 500-meter dash with a second-place finish at Dartmouth-Columbia. In the longer distances, the Bulldogs will bring plenty of talent in the 3,000-meter run with senior Matt Bogdan, junior Nathan Richards, sophomore Sam Kirtner and freshman Ryan Laemel. Senior Max Walden could also make a huge impact in his first race this season in the 5,000-mter run. On Friday night, the distance medley relay, in which the Bulldogs placed second last year, will also be one of the highlights of the meet.

In the weight throw, the Bulldogs will look to senior David Smith, sophomore Mike Levine, who took third at Giegengack last year, and freshman Stefan Palios. Smith and Palios will also compete in the shot put. The Bulldogs also have sophomore Tommy Winger and freshman Dana Lindberg, who is coming off a PR from last week, in the long jump and senior Samba Binagi in the triple jump.

Friday's competition will start with field events at 5:00 p.m. and end with the men's distance medley relay at 8:15 p.m. Saturday's competition will start with field events at 9:30 a.m. and end with the men's 4x400-meter relay at 6:35 p.m. A complete schedule and list of entries can be found here. Buses to Coxe Cage will leave every 15 minutes in front of Payne Whitney Gymnasium. Results will be posted at Yalebulldogs.com after the meet.

Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity

This meet is named in honor of legendary Yale track and field coach Bob Giegengack. In his 29 years at Yale, the USA Track and Field Hall of Famer led the Elis to 183 victories, four IC4A titles, and 13 outdoor and four indoor Heptagonal championships. Teacher, coach, philosopher, tireless storyteller and international leader in track and field, Bob Giegengack spent more than 40 fruitful, exciting years in a career he loved. Helping talented young people to excel, both in their sport and in their studies, met his highest ideals. He trained his athletes, encouraged them and taught them strategies for success, always with the goal of mens sana in corpore sano, a healthy mind in a healthy body. From each athlete, he demanded the best effort possible, not just for the sake of individual achievement, but also for the good of the team. Beginning with his high school students at Brooklyn Prep, then at Fordham and Yale, and as an Olympic coach in Melbourne (1956) and Tokyo (1964), "Gieg" worked to fulfill his personal ideals as a teacher, mentor and competitor. After his retirement in 1976, he coached Yale's first women's team. The Giegengack legacy of talent, devotion and high ideals lives on at Yale today.