January 26, 2012

Terrier Invitational Awaits Bulldogs

Large Field Includes Familiar Foes

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After opening Ivy League competition last weekend, the Elis are headed to Boston this weekend to compete in the Terrier Invitational, hosted by Boston University, where they will again run into several of their Ancient Eight rivals. Columbia and Dartmouth (whom Yale faced a week ago) will both be present, along with Brown and Harvard and more than 20 other schools from other conferences.

In order to allow its athletes (particularly the distance and middle distance runners) ample rest in advance of the Giegengack Invitational on Feb. 3-4 at Coxe Cage, Yale will not be sending its full team, and will be experimenting with its lineup.

Notably, junior Timothy Hillas and senior Julian Sheinbaum, who specialize in the 800-meter run and mile run, will step up to the 3000-meter run. They will be joined there by junior Sam Kirtner, who last week set a personal record at that distance and qualified for the IC4A meet, and five of his cross country teammates. The mile run will instead feature two freshmen in John McGowan and Jacob Sandry, both of whom have already run sub-4:20.00. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs will not field a distance medley or 4x800-meter relay team, nor enter any individuals in the 800-meter, 1000-meter or 5000-meter runs.

Nonetheless, the Elis, led by senior captain Matthew Bieszard, will still have several opportunities to score points in the sprints. Bieszard will look to repeat his victory last week in the 200-meter dash, and will also pop off for the 4x400-meter relay team. Bieszard's baton will then be passed to three freshmen: William Rowe, Mario Kranjac and Dylan Hurley. Rowe and Kranjac will also run in the open 400-meter dash, while Hurley will compete in the 500-meter dash.

Yale will also travel lightly with regard to the field events, but will bring two individual winners from last week in junior weight thrower Mike Levine and sophomore long jumper Dana Lindberg. Levine has shown steady improvement in each successive meet this season, and will get another chance to go head-to-head against Central Connecticut senior Rashad Williams, who barely defeated Levine two weeks ago at the Yale Intercollegiate Track Classic. Lindberg will also compete in the 200-meter dash, in which he was edged out by Bieszard last weekend. Sophomore Paul Chandler, who last week recorded his best collegiate mark, will compete in the pole vault. No Yale athletes are entered in the shot put, high jump or triple jump.

Field events will begin at 11:00 a.m. and the gun goes off for the running events at 11:45 a.m. The final event of the day is the 5000-meter run, scheduled for 7:45 p.m.

The meet website, including a complete schedule of events and results, may be found here. Full results will also be available at www.yalebulldogs.com.

Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity