2011-12 Yale Men's Track and Field News

  • Team, Individuals Earn Academic Honors from USTFCCCA
    July 29, 2012
    Team, Individuals Earn Academic Honors from USTFCCCA The Yale men’s track and field team has been named a USTFCCA All-Academic Team for 2012, and two Bulldog seniors -- Matthew Bieszard and John Van Deventer -- were honored with All-Academic selection individually.
  • Levine Earns Honorable Mention All-America Recognition
    June 13, 2012
    Levine Earns Honorable Mention All-America Recognition Junior Mike Levine (Commack, N.Y.) has earned honorable mention All-America recognition from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Levine received the honor based on his performance in the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the discus earlier this month.
  • Levine Concludes Outstanding Season at Nationals
    June 06, 2012
    Levine Concludes Outstanding Season at Nationals Junior Mike Levine’s remarkable season came to an end Wednesday at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Final Championships, hosted by Drake University. Levine finished 22nd in the discus throw, with only six spots and 3.07m separating him from All-American status.
  • Next Stop for Levine: NCAA Nationals
    June 04, 2012
    Next Stop for Levine: NCAA Nationals Two weeks removed from a season-best performance at the East Preliminary Round, junior Mike Levine has reached the hallowed ground of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Final Championships. This year’s host site is Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Levine 39th in Hammer Throw at NCAA Regionals
    May 25, 2012
    Levine 39th in Hammer Throw at NCAA Regionals Junior Mike Levine placed 39th in the hammer throw at the East Preliminary Round of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the University of North Florida. He was the only Eli in action on the meet’s second day of competition.
  • Bulldogs Compete in Sprints, Middle Distance, Throws at Regionals
    May 24, 2012
    Bulldogs Compete in Sprints, Middle Distance, Throws at Regionals Three Bulldogs were in action today at the East Preliminary Round of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted by the University of North Florida. Yale’s qualifiers – senior Matthew Bieszard, junior Mike Levine and senior John Van Deventer – competed against the 47 other best athletes in the East region in each of their respective events.
  • Three Elis Bound for NCAA East Regional
    May 22, 2012
    Three Elis Bound for NCAA East Regional Three members of the Yale men’s track and field team – representing a diverse array of specialties – have obtained a coveted qualifying spot in the East Preliminary Round of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Seniors Matthew Bieszard and John Van Deventer and junior Mike Levine earned their berths by each posting one of the 48 best marks in the East region in their respective events. The trio now will travel to the Jacksonville, Fla., campus of the University of North Florida to compete for a spot at Nationals.
  • Levine, Richards Awarded All-East Honors
    May 14, 2012
    Levine, Richards Awarded All-East Honors Following their impressive outings at the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships over the weekend, junior Mike Levine and senior Nathan Richards were named to the All-East team. The pair led the Elis to a 34th-place finish by combining for seven total points.
  • McGowan Takes 11th in 1500 at IC4As
    May 13, 2012
    McGowan Takes 11th in 1500 at IC4As Yale freshman John McGowan was the lone Eli to compete n the final day of the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships, and he made the most of his opportunity. McGowan qualified for the finals of the 1500-meter run by running the 11th-fastest time in prelims yesterday (3:49.77). Sunday’s race was significantly slower, but McGowan managed to hold the same position with a time of 3:57.33.
  • Six More Points for Elis at IC4As
    May 12, 2012
    Six More Points for Elis at IC4As With two days in the books and one still to come, the Bulldogs closed Saturday’s competition tied for 16th place in the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships. After senior Nathan Richards put a point on the board for the Bulldogs last night, junior Mike Levine added six more today thanks to his third-place showing in the discus, bringing the Yale’s two-day tally to seven. This year marks the 136th rendition of the meet, making it one of the oldest in the nation.
  • Richards Scores at IC4As
    May 11, 2012
    Richards Scores at IC4As The Yale men’s track and field arrived in Princeton on Friday for the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships. Only one Eli was in action on the opening day of competition, but that was enough to get them on the scoreboard.
  • Bulldogs Back at Princeton for IC4As
    May 10, 2012
    Bulldogs Back at Princeton for IC4As The Yale men’s track and field team will send a select contingent of qualifying athletes to compete at the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships at Princeton this weekend. The IC4A is a super-conference administered by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and consisting of teams from across New England and the Mid-Atlantic. Nine Elis have qualified for the meet individually, along with all three of Yale’s regular relay teams.
  • Honors Bestowed Upon Seniors at Awards Banquet
    May 09, 2012
    Honors Bestowed Upon Seniors at Awards Banquet The Yale men’s track and field team held its annual banquet on Tuesday at the Ray Tompkins House in recognition of its accomplishments as a unit and of those of its standout individuals. In particular, seniors Matthew Bieszard and John Van Deventer received special acknowledgments.
  • Hillas Tapped as 2012-2013 Track and Field Captain
    May 09, 2012
    Hillas Tapped as 2012-2013 Track and Field Captain Junior Timothy Hillas was selected by a vote of his teammates as the 2012-2013 Yale track and field captain at the team’s annual banquet on Tuesday. Hillas has emerged as one of the Ivy League’s elite middle distance runners over the course of the season, qualifying for the IC4A Championships in the 3000-meter run (8:12.55) indoors and in the 1500-meter run (3:48.12) outdoors.
  • Bieszard and Levine Make All-Ivy Teams
    May 08, 2012
    Bieszard and Levine Make All-Ivy Teams Standout track and field athletes Matthew Bieszard and Mike Levine earned all-conference recognition for their performances at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships at Penn last weekend. Bieszard was named to the All-Ivy Second Team for his second-place finish in the 400-meter dash, while Levine made the First Team for his victory in the discus throw.
  • Levine Repeats as Ivy League Champ
    May 06, 2012
    Levine Repeats as Ivy League Champ Led by its captain and the Ivy League's undisputed best discus thrower, the Yale men’s track and field team strung together a number of impressive results Sunday at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships at Penn. As a team, the Bulldogs placed seventh (36 points), losing out to Penn by 1.5 points. Princeton claimed the title for the second year in a row with 193 points.
  • Elis Close Day One in Sixth at Heps
    May 05, 2012
    Elis Close Day One in Sixth at Heps The Yale men’s track and field began competition on Saturday at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships hosted by Penn. The day was mostly devoted to preliminaries in the running events, with only a handful of finals. The Bulldogs currently sit in sixth place with six points thanks to junior Mike Levine’s third-place result in the hammer throw. Princeton leads the pack with 52 points.
  • Bulldogs Set Sights on Heps
    May 02, 2012
    Bulldogs Set Sights on Heps The Yale men’s track and field team begins postseason competition this weekend with the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships at Penn. This year will mark the 77th rendition of the signature meet, which pits the entire Ancient Eight against one another. Cornell had won the meet for eight years straight before falling to Princeton last year. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs finished fifth in 2011 and will be looking to improve upon that showing this year.
  • 4 Bulldog Victories at Yale Springtime Invitational
    April 29, 2012
    4 Bulldog Victories at Yale Springtime Invitational The Bulldogs hosted a number of regional teams today at the annual Yale Springtime Invitational at Dwyer Track. Due to the meet’s proximity to last week’s Penn Relays, Yale rested many of its premier contributors. Nonetheless, the Elis flexed their muscles in display of depth and balance in the unscored meet.
  • Relay Teams, Field Athletes Compete at Penn Relays
    April 27, 2012
    Relay Teams, Field Athletes Compete at Penn Relays Yale saw two of its relay teams and two individual athletes compete today at the 118th rendition of the Penn Relays. The Elis faced off against some of the finest in the country, and came home with much to be proud of.
  • Richards 16th at Storied Penn Relays
    April 27, 2012
    Richards 16th at Storied Penn Relays Senior Nathan Richards, the lone Eli to compete on the first day of the Penn Relays, did not race to his full potential by a long shot, but still managed to finish 16th in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the historic meet. The stacked field drew athletes from across the nation, including winner Andrew Poore from Indiana, who currently holds the fastest time in the nation.
  • Bulldogs to Compete Against Nation’s Best at Penn Relays
    April 25, 2012
    Bulldogs to Compete Against Nation’s Best at Penn Relays Several members of the Yale men’s track and field team have earned the right to represent the university in competition at the fabled Penn Relays, which begin on Thursday. The meet is the oldest track and field competition in the United States, running continuously since 1895. Over the course of three days, cumulative attendance regularly exceeds 100,000 spectators and the meet features some of the best athletes in the world.
  • Distance Runners Set PRs in Elite Races
    April 21, 2012
    Distance Runners Set PRs in Elite Races The Bulldogs put on a display of force in the distance and middle distance events Friday night on the first day of the Larry Ellis Invitational. Eight Elis competed in the elite races and all ran season bests, with six of them setting personal records. With the entire Ivy League present, Yale was able to take stock of where it stands against its rivals.
  • Bieszard Carries Bulldogs at Larry Ellis Invitational
    April 21, 2012
    Bieszard Carries Bulldogs at Larry Ellis Invitational After a strong outing from its distance runners last night, Yale’s sprinters rode the momentum to several impressive results on the second day of the Larry Ellis Invitational. Senior captain Matthew Bieszard was the star, setting a personal record individually and leading his relay team to its best time this season.
  • Yale, Rest of Ivy League Descend Upon Princeton
    April 19, 2012
    Yale, Rest of Ivy League Descend Upon Princeton The Yale men’s track and field team will send a contingent to Princeton this weekend to compete at the Larry Ellis Invitational. Though David Shoehalter, the Mark T. Young ’68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, noted that qualification standards this year were particularly strict, 21 athletes have earned the right to represent the Bulldogs at the meet, which will feature the entire Ivy League along with a slew of other strong teams.
  • Bulldogs Premier New Athletes in Loss to Harvard
    April 14, 2012
    Bulldogs Premier New Athletes in Loss to Harvard Despite a number of standout individual performances, the Bulldogs fell to the Crimson today by a score of 114 to 49. A number of athletes were competing in unfamiliar events or returning from injury or hiatus. Even so, Yale managed to pull out five victories and six second-place finishes.
  • Yale Aims to Return to Winning Ways Versus Rival Harvard
    April 12, 2012
    Yale Aims to Return to Winning Ways Versus Rival Harvard The Bulldogs are set to travel to Cambridge, Mass., this Saturday for their much-anticipated annual rivalry matchup against Harvard. This year will be the 122nd rendition of the meet in a tradition that dates back to 1891. Before falling to the Crimson last year, the Elis were riding eight consecutive victories from 2003 – 2010, and they hope to start a new winning streak this weekend.
  • Personal Records Fall at Sam Howell Invitational
    April 07, 2012
    Personal Records Fall at Sam Howell Invitational The Yale men’s track and field team was back in action today at the second day of the Sam Howell Invitational hosted by Princeton University. The unscored meet featured most Ivy League teams, along with a number of other regional schools and athletic clubs. In all, 963 athletes competed at the invitational, making it one of the larger meets the Bulldogs will see all year.
  • Bulldogs to See Most of Ivy League at Sam Howell Invitational
    April 06, 2012
    Bulldogs to See Most of Ivy League at Sam Howell Invitational After a strong team showing in last week’s season opener, the Elis travel to Princeton this weekend to compete in the Sam Howell Invitational. They will be joined there by a number of their Ancient Eight rivals, including Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard and the host, Princeton, along with many schools from other conferences. With 973 registered athletes, it is one of the larger meets the Bulldogs will attend this year.
  • Levine Wins Discus at Sam Howell Invitational
    April 06, 2012
    Levine Wins Discus at Sam Howell Invitational The Bulldogs excelled both on the track and in the field events on day one of the Sam Howell Invitational at Princeton. Junior Mike Levine brought the highlight of the night with a win in the discus, but several other Elis recorded personal records and placed highly.
  • Three Yale Victories at UConn Spring Invite
    April 01, 2012
    Three Yale Victories at UConn Spring Invite The Yale men’s track team opened its outdoor season in impressive fashion at the UConn Spring Invite yesterday. Competing against 11 other regional schools at the unscored meet, the team amassed victories in 3 events and even saw several athletes qualify for the IC4A meet, a particularly exciting feat given the earliness in the season.
  • Bulldogs Back East, Back in Action
    March 30, 2012
    Bulldogs Back East, Back in Action After a successful West Coast training trip, the Bulldogs will return to the track this Saturday rested and ready when they compete at the UConn Spring Invite in nearby Storrs. For most members of the team, the meet will be their first competition since the conclusion of their indoor season a month ago, and will offer an opportunity to take stock of their fitness after a California spring training trip. Yale will take on Ivy League rival Brown at the unscored meet along with a host of other regional teams, including Bryant, Hartford, Rhode Island, Southern Connecticut State University, Stonehill College and, of course, UConn.
  • Elis Wet Feet at Northridge Invitational
    March 18, 2012
    Elis Wet Feet at Northridge Invitational A small contingent of the Yale men’s track and field team competed yesterday at the Northridge Invitational, hosted by the University of California at Northridge. It was the first outdoor meet of the year for the Bulldogs, and they eased into the season by competing in just one event.
  • Bulldogs Warm Up for Outdoor Season Under California Sun
    March 15, 2012
    Bulldogs Warm Up for Outdoor Season Under California Sun Two weeks after concluding their indoor season at the IC4A Championships, the Elis will take to the outdoors this Saturday at the Northridge Invitational hosted by California State University at Northridge. The Bulldogs will line up against a field predominated by West Coast teams, including several California schools and teams from Alaska Anchorage and Idaho State
  • 4x400-Meter Relay Team Scores at IC4As
    March 04, 2012
    4x400-Meter Relay Team Scores at IC4As The Yale 4x400-meter relay team produced another outstanding result on Sunday at the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships at Boston University. The team picked up Yale’s only two points of the competition and earned All-East honors for their seventh-place finish.
  • All-East Accolades for 4x400-Meter Relay Squad
    March 04, 2012
    All-East Accolades for 4x400-Meter Relay Squad The members of the Bulldogs’ 4x400-meter relay team were afforded All-East honors for their seventh-place effort at the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships today at Boston University. The title is granted to the top eight finishers in each event.
  • 4x400-Meter Relay Team Qualifies for Finals at IC4As
    March 03, 2012
    4x400-Meter Relay Team Qualifies for Finals at IC4As Competing at the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships at Boston University, the Elis saw their 4x400-meter relay team put together its best effort of the season (3:14.06), and advance to tomorrow’s final in a thrilling race. The team of senior captain Matthew Bieszard, freshman William Rowe, freshman Mario Kranjac and freshman Dylan Hurley bettered its seed time by over 5 seconds in posting the fourth fastest time in Yale history. That milestone is particularly significant in consideration of the fact that three of the foursome are freshmen. Hurley valiantly held off Temple’s Alex McGee on the anchor leg of the race to nab the final qualifying spot.
  • 15 Bulldogs Qualify for IC4As
    March 02, 2012
    15 Bulldogs Qualify for IC4As A select group of Elis will represent Yale this weekend at the annual Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships in Boston. The IC4A is a super-conference administered by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and consisting of teams from across New England and the Mid-Atlantic. This year’s competition will be the 91st rendition of the championships, making it among the oldest indoor meets in the nation.
  • Bieszard Awarded Ivy League Recognition
    February 26, 2012
    Bieszard Awarded Ivy League Recognition Thanks to his second-place effort in the 400-meter dash (48.95) at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships this weekend, senior track and field captain Matthew Bieszard was granted a spot on the All-Ivy League second team. Though Bieszard was an All-Ivy athlete in the 2010 outdoor season as a member of the 4x100-meter relay team, this marks the first time he has attained the honor individually.
  • Bulldogs Score in Three Events on Day Two of Heps
    February 26, 2012
    Bulldogs Score in Three Events on Day Two of Heps The Elis capped off their indoor season with a number of strong results at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships at Cornell, highlighted by the performance of their captain, senior Matthew Bieszard. As a team, the Bulldogs finished eighth with 16 total points, narrowly losing out to Penn (18 points). Princeton (184 points) held off Cornell (176 points) to claim the Ancient Eight crown for the third consecutive year.
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