Bulldogs Bring Peak Performances at Springtime Invitational

Mary Evans and Nathan Molina. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Last Regular Season Meet at Home

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Spring weather finally arrived in time for the Bulldogs' Springtime Invitational at Dewitt-Cuyler Track and Field Complex on Sunday. As the last meet for those not competing in post-season, many athletes peaked with their best performances, ending the season on a strong note. Those competing in post-season also had another chance to test their legs on the track that will serve as the site of Ivy League Heptagonals. 

Compared to the cold and windy experience at Harvard-Yale, the Bulldogs' previous home meet, head coach Marc Davis said the sunny weather was a welcome change. 

"Everyone was excited to have the good weather and put out some good performances," Davis said.

A regular contributor in the 400-meter and 200-meter dashes, senior captain Marty Evans won the 100-meter dash in only his second race in the event this season (10.57). Evans was coming off a busy weekend, racing the 4x100-meter relay at the Penn Relays on Friday. Along with Evans' impressive PR, senior Nathan Molina and freshman Daniel Jones also ran personal bests in the 100-meter dash, going sixth (11.02) and seventh (11.22), respectively. The pair returned with strong performances in the 200-meter dash, Molina placing fifth in 22.18 and Jones placing 11th with a PR of 22.71. The Bulldogs also won the 4x100-meter relay with the team of Molina, Evans, senior Chris Stanley and junior Matthew Bieszard. Bieszard passed New Haven in the last leg to take first, sealing the win with a season best of 41.78.

Freshman Michael Cunetta had his first collegiate win in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, cutting over 13 seconds for a PR of 9:39.25. Cunetta ran with the pack for the majority of the race, but after realizing the slower pace, he pushed the last three laps to finish comfortably ahead of Anthony Gonsalves of Southern Conn. and more than 20 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Sophomore Timothy Hillas, usually a competitor in the 800-meter run, also ran a PR in the 1,500-meter run in 3:59.01 to place fifth, followed by freshman Miles Richardson in ninth place with a PR of 4:01.93. Junior Conor Dooney had a strong race in the 800-meter run, finishing tenth in 1:56.41.  

A Bulldog alum and a 2010 NCAA cross-country qualifier, Jeff Perrella '10, won the 5,000-meter run, competing as an unattached athlete. Perrella took an early lead and increased the gap with each lap to finish in 14:53.75. Senior David Demres also ran in the lead pack early on and took third in 15:10.17.

Sophomore Mike Levine had a big day in the throws, winning the discus with a season best of 52.64m and taking third in the hammer throw with a seven-foot PR of 54.31m, setting No. 15 all-time Yale outdoor. Senior David Smith also placed fourth in the shot put (14.81m) and threw a PR in the hammer throw to place ninth (47.86m). In the jumps, sophomore Tommy Winger finished first for the Bulldogs in the triple jump with a fifth-place finish and a season best of 13.36m. Freshman Dana Lindberg also placed sixth in the long jump (6.58m).

The strong performances from the invitational are boosting the team's spirits as the Bulldogs head into the conference championship in less than a week.

"We'll use these performances this week to carry over into next week," Davis said. "The kids are getting really excited."

The Bulldogs will host the Ivy League Heptagonals Championships at home from May 7-8. 

Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity