March 20, 2011

Bulldogs Start Off Outdoor Season Strong at William and Mary

Wins in 4x100, 4x400-Meter Relays

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The Bulldogs had an impressive start to the outdoor season at the William and Mary Tribe Invitational last Saturday, notching four individual wins and winning both relays. The unscored meet was the first competition for the Bulldogs after spring break training. 

Sophomore Mike Levine won the discus with a throw of 49.03m along with senior David Smith and freshmen Stefan Palios who went 5-6 in the discus, respectively. Levine and Smith also took second (52.19m) and third (41.23m) in the hammer throw, respectively, while Smith took third in the shot put (14.20m). Sophomore Tommy Winger notched two fourth-place finishes, jumping 6.29m in the long jump and 12.70m in the triple jump.

Senior captain Marty Evans had a blazing start to his final outdoor season, clinching wins in both the 400-meter dash in 48.40 and 200-meter dash in 21.37, qualifying for IC4As in both events. Senior Nathan Molina and junior Charlie Jaeger also went fourth and sixth, respectively, in the 400-meter dash. In his first race in the 100-meter dash this year, junior Matthew Bieszard went sub-11 in 10.91 seconds to take second, topping it off with a PR and a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash; Bieszard's 200-meter dash also qualifies him for IC4As. The Bulldogs also swept the relays with wins in the 4x100-meter relay, the team of Evans, Bieszard and freshmen Dana Lindberg and Daniel Jones clocking in 43.30, and the 4x400-meter relay, the team of Evans, Molina, Bieszard and Jones running 3:20.05. 

In the distance, freshman Michael Cunetta had an impressive debut race in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, winning by a long shot in 9:50.21. Freshman Miles Richardson also had a strong first outdoor race in the mile, finishing third in a tight race with Norfolk State's two runners. In the middle distance, sophomore Michael Pierce came in first for the Bulldogs in fourth (1:56.92), followed by Timothy Hillas in ninth (2:00.42) and sophomore Christopher Ramsey in 12th (2:02.28). In the 3,000-meter run, junior Julian Sheinbaum tested his legs in the longer distances, placing seventh in 8:28.33, followed by senior Max Walden in 11th place in 8:41.21.      

The Bulldogs' next competition will be at the Sam Howell Invitational at Princeton on April 1.

Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity