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Bulldogs Open Outdoor Season

Matt Bogdan (photo by Dan Grossman,
Matt Bogdan (photo by Dan Grossman,

Compete at William and Mary Invitational

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After spring break training in Virginia, the Bulldogs will launch the outdoor season at the William and Mary Tribe Invitational on Saturday. With a fourth-place finish at outdoor Heptagonals last year, the team looks ready to climb higher in the conference with solid performances from the indoor season.

The Bulldogs will look to senior David Smith, sophomore Mike Levine and freshman Stefan Palios in the throws. Smith competed in the shot put at last season's outdoor Heptagonals and IC4A Championships, while Levine, a qualifier for the NCAA Regional in the discus his freshman year, threw the Bulldogs' farthest mark in the weight throw during the indoor season.

In the jumps, senior Samba Binagi ended the outdoor season on a positive note last year, consistently making over 13m in the triple jump towards the end of the season. Sophomore Tommy Winger also looks strong in the triple jump after a breakthrough PR at indoor Heptagonals. Winger will also compete alongside freshman Dana Lindberg in the long jump, who competed in the event at indoor Heptagonals.

The distance squad may be one of the deepest fields the Bulldogs have this outdoor season. Freshman James Shirvell is coming off PRs in both the 800-meter run and the 1,000-meter run, in which he took second at indoor Heptagonals. Also playing a key role in middle distance, sophomore Christopher Ramsey, who competed in 800-meter run at outdoor Heptagonals last year, recently ran a PR in the event at indoor IC4As. Junior Charlie Jaeger and sophomore Timothy Hillas have both contributed in the relays, running on the 4x800 meter relay team that ended with a season best at indoor Heptagonals. In the mile, junior Julian Sheinbaum and freshman Michael Pierce were the Bulldogs' frontrunners in indoor post-season, competing at indoor Heptagonals and notching PRs at indoor IC4As. Last year's competitor in the mile at outdoor Heptagonals, junior Conor Dooney, also brings in the fastest time in the mile from indoor season. After battling injuries for three years, senior John Van Deventer could also make huge contributions in his first full outdoor season after impressive performances in the 1,000-meter run and distance medley relay during indoor.

The longer distances will also be able to draw from a deep group of runners. Senior Matt Bogdan qualified for the NCAA Regional in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and scored at outdoor Heptagonals along with junior Nathan Richards, who also raced the 3,000-meter run at Heptagonals and IC4As during the indoor season. Junior Samuel Lynch brings in the fastest time in the 5,000-meter run from indoor season. Also returning is senior Max Walden, who competed in the 10,000-meter run, and junior Jake McKenzie, who competed in the 5,000-meter run at last year's outdoor Heptagonals. Other potential contenders in the longer distances include sophomores Sam Kirtner, Kevin Lunn and Matthew Thwaites and freshmen Michael Cunetta, Ryan Laemel and Miles Richardson.

As the runner-up in the 200-meter dash at last year's outdoor Heptagonals, senior captain Marty Evans looks ready to cap off his collegiate career with another impressive outdoor season, recently setting a new school record in the indoor 200-meter dash. Evans will also aim for another run in the NCAA Regional after qualifying for the 200-meter dash last year. Right on toe with Evans will be junior Matthew Bieszard who placed third in the 200-meter dash at outdoor Heptagonals last season and made his mark in the 500-meter dash with No. 9 for all-time Yale indoor. Freshman Daniel Jones had an impressive first indoor season with the Bulldogs' fastest time in the 60-meter dash. In the relays, seniors Nathan Molina and Chris Stanley have consistently provided depth in the 4x400-meter relay, which ended with a season best at indoor IC4As and will aim to build off its third-place finish at outdoor Heptagonals last season. The 4x100 meter relay team will also look to top its second-place finish at last year's outdoor Heptagonals.

Saturday's competition will begin with the men's shot put at 11 a.m. and end with the men's 4x400-meter relay at 5:45 p.m. A complete schedule can be found here. Results will be posted on after the meet.

Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity