Levine Scores for Bulldogs; Two Qualify on Heptagonals Day One

Mike Levine. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Lightning Delays Meet by Two Hours

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The name of the game was to qualify as the Bulldogs competed to make it to finals on the first day of the 76th Ivy League Heptagonals Championships. Lightning delays at the Cuyler Athletic Complex and Dwyer Track cost over a two-hour delay, which had athletes warming up multiple times for postponed events. After day one, Princeton was the leader with 68 points.

"We had some good performances, some disappointing ones. We have to make good in what we have for tomorrow and get more competitive," said head coach Marc Davis. 

Sophomore Mike Levine put up the first points on the board for the Bulldogs, placing sixth in the hammer throw with a PR of 54.79m and setting No. 11 all-time Yale outdoor. Senior David Smith also threw a season best in the shot put (15.28m). Freshman Dana Lindberg had an impressive day in the long jump, breaking seven meters for the first time in his last attempt to finish in eighth place (7.05m).

The 1,500-meter run trials were interrupted by another delay as lightning was sighted during the first heat. Nevertheless, senior John Van Deventer came back after the delay to win heat three, hanging in the middle of the pack until he passed runners in the last 100 meters on the inside of the track. Deventer's time of 3:49.95 is also the fastest time in the 1,500-meter run going into Sunday's final. 

Senior captain Marty Evans qualified in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes without a hitch. Evans will enter Sunday with the second-fastest time in the 200-meter dash (21.54) and the sixth-fastest in the 100-meter dash (10.91). Sophomore Matthew Bieszard came close to qualifying in those events, finishing ninth overall in the preliminaries of the 200-meter dash and only one spot away from qualifying (21.93) as well as tenth overall in the 100-meter dash trials and two spots away from qualifying (11.03). Nevertheless, Bieszard will still have the chance to compete tomorrow in the sprint relays, along with Evans.

"I'm excited for tomorrow. It'll be my last time on this track," Evans said. "Tomorrow's show time."

In the 800-meter run trials, freshman James Shirvell ran his best time for outdoor season (1:52.41).

The second day of Heptagonals promises even fiercer competition as athletes who competed on Saturday with the mentality of just qualifying will give their best in finals on Sunday.

"The performances are going to get better, and the kids are going to have to step up a bit," Davis said.

Sunday's competition will start with field events at 11 a.m. and running events at 10:30 a.m. with the awards ceremony at 4:45 p.m. A complete schedule can be found here. More information is available at the meet website at Yalebulldogs.com, as well as additional coverage at Ivyleaguesports.com and Hepstrack.com. Live results will be posted at Lancertiming.com and complete results at Yalebulldogs.com after the meet. Buses will leave to the track and field complex every 15 minutes in front of Payne Whitney Gymnasium.

Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity