Distance Runners Dazzle at Terrier Invitational

Paul Chandler. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Paul Chandler. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Shorthanded Team Still Solid Across the Board

BOSTON, Mass. – The Yale men's track and field made the short trip to Boston today to compete at the Terrier Invitational hosted by Boston University. The Bulldogs traveled lightly, and in many respects treated the meet as a tune-up for next week's Giegengack Invitational at home. Nonetheless, the team turned in a number of stellar results, particularly in the distance events.

Junior Timothy Hillas, stepping up from his usual middle distance events to try out the 3000-meter run, turned heads with his outstanding time of 8:12.55, qualifying for the IC4A meet and earning a 14th-place result. Hillas was less than two second beyond Columbia senior Kyle Merber, who was barely edged out of an Ivy League title this fall in cross country. Junior Sam Kirtner, who qualified for the IC4A meet last weekend, also ran exceedingly well and bettered his time by 0.53 seconds (8:28.94). In the unseeded race (no seed times below 8:24), sophomore Ryan Laemel kicked to the finish line in 8:30.37 for a victory. Laemel's time was a four-second personal record.

Yale's lone entrant in the mile was freshman John McGowan, who impressed with a tenth-place finish and the fastest time on the team this season (4:11.16). McGowan shaved over eight seconds off of his time two weeks ago in the same event.

In the pole vault, Yale sophomore Paul Chandler also had his best day of the season, recording a leap of 4.55m to place fifth in a field of 25.

Though by his lofty standards it was not his best effort, junior Mike Levine still took ninth in the weight throw in a deep field. Levine's heave of 15.99m was well shy of his 16.93m effort from last week, but should leave him all the more motivated for the Giegengack.

The sprinters faced the toughest competition they have seen this season, but managed to string together several solid results. Senior captain Matthew Bieszard led the way with a 12th-place showing in the 200-meter dash (22.05). Bieszard also popped off for the 4x400-meter relay team consisting of himself, freshman William Rowe, junior Clifford Van Meter and freshman Mario Kranjac. That foursome logged its best time yet this season (3:19.17) to place tenth. Kranjac also came in 33rd in the open 400-meter dash (50.34), while Van Meter was 60th (51.49). Rowe likely would have been in the thick of things as well were it not for an unfortunate disqualification.

In the short sprints, sophomore Daniel Jones was 25th in the 60-meter dash (7.13), and freshman Daniel Kemp (8.90) and sophomore Nnamdi Udeh (9.01) were 27th and 33rd in the 60-meter hurdle. None of the three advanced to the finals in those events, owing to the size and quality of the field.

Yale did not enter athletes in the 500-meter, 800-meter or 1000-meter runs, or the long jump, triple jump, or shot put, choosing instead to allow its athletes a weekend of recovery.

The Bulldogs will be back in action next Friday and Saturday when they host the Giegengack Invitational at Coxe Cage.

Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity