February 10, 2011

Harvard-Yale-Princeton Brings Ivy Competition Home

Last Regular Season Meet Before Heptagonals

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Ivy League rivalry will come face to face at Coxe Cage on Saturday with the annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet. The Bulldogs will look for redemption this year as last season was the first time they lost against the Crimson in several years. David Shoehalter, the Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, said the Bulldogs are looking healthy as ever and will use this meet to prepare for Heptagonals Championships, which takes place in two and a half weeks. 

"Winning events are the objective here, just as it is when go into Heps," Shoehalter said.

The Bulldogs will certainly look to senior captain Marty Evans to score big points on Saturday, bringing in times of 48.44 in the 400-meter dash and 21.87 in the 200-meter dash. Junior Matthew Bieszard will also play an important role in those events, coming off of a PR in his last race in the 200-meter dash. Seniors Nathan Molina and Chris Stanley may also contribute. In the shorter sprints, freshman Daniel Jones's consistency makes him a formidable force in the 60-meter dash.

The distance runners are dropping times as a group and should also put on a strong showing for the Bulldogs. Freshman James Shirvell recently set a new freshman record for the 1,000-meter run on top of several wins he has piled up throughout the season. Juniors Conor Dooney and Julian Sheinbaum, who did very well in his first race in the 1,000-meter run last Saturday, and freshmen Michael Pierce and Michael Cunetta may also contribute in the mile. In the middle distance, sophomore Christopher Ramsey is building off impressive performances in the 500-meter dash, while junior Charlie Jaeger made a PR in the 800-meter run last week. Junior Nathan Richards also won the 3,000-meter run, while junior Samuel Lynch placed second in the 5,000-meter run last weekend. Other long distance runners to watch out for include seniors David Demres  and Max Walden and freshmen Ryan Laemel and Miles Richardson.

On the field, the Bulldogs expect contributions from their regular group of throwers: senior David Smith, sophomore Mike Levine, who had a fifth-place finish in the weight throw last week, and freshman Stefan Palios. The long jump will also feature sophomore Tommy Winger, who is coming off of a season best, and freshman Dana Lindberg, who placed sixth last week, while the triple jump will feature junior Samba Binagi.

Princeton, the favorite to win Heptagonals, will give both the Bulldogs and the Crimson quite a challenge on Saturday. The Tigers have won every year since joining the meet six years ago, which had traditionally been only the rivalry between the Bulldogs and the Crimson. However, the Bulldogs will put up a good fight in their last regular season meet and get into a competitive mode for Heptagonals.

"We look for everybody to step up," Shoehalter said. "We hope people are scratching for the highest places possible."  

The meet will open with the weight throw at 10:30 a.m. and close with the 4x800-meter relay at 4:50 p.m. A complete schedule 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