Distance Runners Perform at Larry Ellis Invitational

Matt Bogdan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Matt Bogdan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Records Set in Steeplechase, 1500-Meter Run

PRINCETON, N.J. – The distance runners stole the show on Friday night with a streak of school records and personal bests at the Larry Ellis Invitational, hosted by Princeton. With more than 35 teams competing, the meet's Friday Night Races gave the Bulldogs a chance to compete in a selective field of distance runners who had met the meet standards. The team landed a sweep of personal and season bests in every race they entered in.

The duo of junior Nathan Richards and senior Matt Bogdan got the Bulldogs off to a strong pace in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Richards placing fourth (8:54.15) to set No. 4 all-time Yale indoor and Bogdan placing sixth (8:58.09) to set No. 8 all-time Yale outdoor. The two both broke nine minutes in the steeplechase for their first time in their careers and were the top finishers from the Ivy League in the race after Cornell's Adrien Dannemiller.

Senior John Van Deventer pulled off another amazing performance in the 1,500-meter run, shaving six seconds off his time from last week in only his second outdoor race of the season, to place 15th out of nearly 100 runners as the second Ivy League runner to cross the line. Deventer's time of 3:49.05 also set No. 13 all-time Yale outdoor in addition to qualifying him for IC4As. Junior Julian Sheinbaum followed up with another impressive performance with a PR of 3:51.75 in 31st place, only three-fourths of a second off the IC4A-qualifying standard. Both junior Conor Dooney and senior Itse Begho also made season bests under the four-minute mark, finishing in 3:55.23 and 3:57.16, respectively. 

In an equally packed field in the 800-meter run, freshman James Shirvell matched his PR from last weekend (1:54.11), placing fourth in his heat, while sophomore Christopher Ramsey clocked in a season best (1:56.50).

In the 5,000-meter run, freshman Ryan Laemel ran a PR of 14:45.85, cutting 20 seconds from his time on the same track three weeks ago at the Sam Howell Invitational, posting the fastest time for the Bulldogs so far in outdoor season. Sophomore Matthew Thwaites also broke the fifteen-minute mark for the first time in 14:59.34.

On Saturday, both field and running events will kick off at 12:00 p.m., ending with the 4x400-meter relay at 6:00 p.m. A complete schedule as well as performance lists can be found here. Results will be available on Yalebulldogs.com and Tumeytiming.com after the meet.

Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity