Meet Offers a Final Tune-Up for the Coming Season
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a six-week hiatus, the Yale men's track and field team returns to the oval this Saturday when it hosts the 30th Yale Intercollegiate Track Classic at Coxe Cage. The Bulldogs are looking to regain some of the momentum they built with their opening meet on Dec. 3, also held at Coxe Cage. Like that first meet, Saturday's competition will merely be a friendly, and will not be scored.
In the past, the meet has drawn many of Yale's in-state rivals, including Southern Connecticut State, Central Connecticut, the University of New Haven, Sacred Heart and perennial powerhouse UConn. Last year's participants also included Fordham, Northeastern and American International College.
If the results of the Yale Season Opener are any indication, a number of Yale athletes will be able to score highly this weekend. That meet was highlighted by the dominant performances of Yale's middle distance men, who came within one spot of sweeping the 800-meter run, 1000-meter run, and mile run. The foursome of freshman Michael Grace, junior Michael Pierce (who won the 1000-meter run), junior Christopher Ramsey and sophomore James Shirvell (who won the 800-meter run) also cruised to victory in the 4x800-meter relay.
In the throwing events, the Elis will be led by junior Mike Levine, the reigning Ivy League champ in the discus. Levine is joined by sophomore Stefan Palios, who placed second in the shot put in the Yale Season Opener. Rounding out the field events, sophomore Dana Lindberg, freshman Kyle Bajtos and sophomore Paul Chandler will be aiming to make an impact in the long jump, high jump and pole vault, respectively.
Senior captain Matthew Bieszard heads an otherwise very young crew of sprinters. At the Yale Season Opener, Bieszard anchored a victorious 4x400-meter relay team that featured three freshmen in William Rowe, Mario Kranjac and Dylan Hurley. Meanwhile, sophomore Daniel Jones will take care of the short sprints, and freshman Daniel Kemp will represent the Bulldogs in the hurdles.
Yale's distance runners, who did not compete in the last meet owing to its proximity to the conclusion of their cross country season, will see their first competition of the young season. Most will double up in the mile and 3000-meter run, the longest race of the day. Senior Conor Dooney, junior Kevin Lunn, senior Samuel Lynch and senior Nathan Richards are expected to shine in the longer events.