February 6, 2011

Bulldogs Shine on Day Two of Giegengack Invitational

Shirvell Sets Freshman Record for 1,000-Meter Run

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs took charge on the second day of Giegengack Invitational, the distance runners winning two events and running PRs across the board. As the second-to-last meet in the regular season, the home meet brought out some of the Bulldogs' best performances this year, showing their readiness for post-season.

Freshman James Shirvell had a phenomenal day, winning the 1,000-meter run in 2:25.98 and breaking the school's indoor record, last set by Robert Lesko 23 years ago. Close behind Shirvell, junior Julian Sheinbaum placed eighth (2:28.93), which was his first performance in the 1,000-meter run, followed by senior John Deventer in 15th (2.31). Both Shirvell and Sheinbaum ran well below the IC4A-qaulfiying standard of 2:29.95.

The longer distances also saw a streak of top performances. Junior Nathan Richards won a close race in the 3,000-meter run with a huge PR and an IC4A-qualifying time of 8:20.22, edging Dan Lowry of Brown by less than half a second. The freshman duo of Ryan Laemel and Miles Richardson followed in 11th place (8:36.75) and 14th place (8:38.11), respectively, along with sophomore Sam Kirtner in 21st (8:42.59) and senior Matt Bogdan in 29th (8:52.30). In the 5,000-meter run, junior Samuel Lynch placed second, also with a huge PR of 14:35.61 that qualifies him for IC4As. Seniors Max Walden and David Demres took sixth (14:59.73) and seventh (15:06.49), respectively, and sophomore Matthew Thwaites placed ninth (15:13.36). 

The freshmen continued their run throughout the day with freshman Michael Pierce who ran a season best of 4:17.81 in the mile to place 15th and freshman Michael Cunetta who ran his first mile to place 22nd in 4:23.45. Senior James Wyper also came in 25th place with a PR of 4:25.27.

In the middle distance, senior Christopher Ramsey came in 15th in the 500-meter dash in 1:06.03, and junior Charlie Jaeger placed 17th in the 800-meter run with a PR of 1:57.43.

In the throws, freshman Stefan Palios took seventh in the shot put with a PR of 14.76m, along with senior David Smith who placed 12th with a mark of 13.66m.

The only individual event in the sprints the Bulldogs competed in on Saturday was the 60-meter dash, in which freshman Dana Lindberg came in first for the Bulldogs, placing 19th with a personal best of 7.23. The Bulldogs ended the day with a fourth-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay in 3:19.32, also setting a season best.

The Bulldogs will return home to host Harvard-Princeton on Feb. 12 before beginning post-season at Heptagonals on Feb. 26. 

Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity