January 14, 2012

Bulldogs Sweep Middle Distance Events

Ramsey, Sheinbaum Win 800-Meter and Mile Runs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's track and field team returned to action on Saturday when it hosted and competed at the 30th Yale Intercollegiate Track Classic at Coxe Cage. The unscored meet pitted the Elis against strong teams from UConn, Central Connecticut, the University of New Haven, Sacred Heart, Fordham and others.

In a repeat of the Yale Season Opener, the team's last competition, the Bulldogs were dominant in the middle distance events. Junior Christopher Ramsey came out on top of a tightly contested 800-meter run, with a winning time of 1:57.34. Senior Julian Sheinbaum followed up with a victory in the mile run (4:16.46), and hot on his heels was freshman Jacob Sandry in third place (4:17.54). Three other Elis were among the top ten finishers in the mile – freshman John McGowan (8th – 4:19.35), junior Sam Kirtner (9th – 4:20.84) and freshman Matt Nussbaum (10th – 4:22.02). In the 3000-meter run, the day's longest event, sophomore Ryan Laemel (7th – 8:36.77) and junior Kevin Lunn (10th – 8:37.86) paced the Yale distance runners.

Yale also received solid performances from its three relay teams, each of which finished within the top four of its respective event. The foursome of McGowan, senior Charlie Jaeger, junior Timothy Hillas and junior Michael Pierce took third in a thrilling 4x800-meter relay race (7:46.64), a mere 1.27 seconds out of first place. The distance medley quartet of Pierce, sophomore Clifford Van Meter, Jaeger and Hillas combined for a fourth-place showing (10:08.59), and the 4x400-meter relay team consisting of sophomore Daniel Jones, sophomore Dana Lindberg, Van Meter and freshman Daniel Kemp did likewise (3:26.61).

Junior Mike Levine led the Elis in the field events, with a second-place effort in the weight throw (16.72m). Levine's heave was only 0.39 meters shy of Central Connecticut senior and reigning Penn Relay champion Rashad Williams'. Sophomore pole vaulter Paul Chandler also impressed with a sixth-place leap of 4.20m.

 

In his signature event, senior captain Matthew Bieszard came in fourth in the 400-meter dash (49.81). Right behind him was freshman William Rowe (50.81). In the shorter races, Jones advanced to the finals and took eighth place in the 60-meter dash (7.20), and Kemp was tenth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.97).

Full results are available at www.yalebulldogs.com. The Elis next travel to Hanover, N.H. for a tri-meet with Dartmouth and Columbia on Jan. 21.

Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity