Bulldogs to Compete in Final Home Meet of Indoor Season

Chris Ramsey (photo by Forrest Temple)
Chris Ramsey (photo by Forrest Temple)

Giegengack Offers Final Preparation for H-Y-P and Heps

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After several weeks on the road, the Bulldogs will be home this weekend at Coxe Cage to host the Giegengack Invitational. The meet, named after legendary Yale coach Bob Giegengack, will feature a smattering of local teams, along with Ivy League foe Penn and a number of other regional schools. The Elis rested a number of their top athletes last week so that they would be well rested for this weekend, and the team is poised for a big day.

The distance runners in particular will aim to continue building on the momentum they gained last weekend, when junior Timothy Hillas, in his first ever 3000-meter run, posted the seventh-fastest indoor time in that event in Yale history (8:12.55). The Bulldogs also got strong showings out of junior Sam Kirtner in the same race (8:28.94) and from freshman John McGowan in the mile (4:11.16), but none of them will be running this weekend.

Instead, veterans Kevin Lunn and Nathan Richards will be expected to take charge in the longer events. Meanwhile, the middle distance events will be the domain of freshman Michael Grace, senior Charlie Jaeger, junior Michael Pierce and junior Christopher Ramsey. Pierce (1000-meter run) and Ramsey (800-meter run) have both notched individual victories already this season, and Yale's 4x800-meter relay team has shown promise in the still early going.

Yale's sprinters showed last week that they are beginning to reap the dividends of their off-season training routine, as eight runners ran their best times of the season. Senior captain Matthew Bieszard (22.05) and sophomore Dana Lindberg (22.68) excelled in the 200-meter dash, while freshman Mario Kranjac (50.34) and junior Clifford Van Meter (51.49) took major steps forward in the 400-meter dash. Sophomore Daniel Jones equaled his best effort of the season in the 60-meter dash (7.13), while freshman Daniel Kemp ran his fastest collegiate time in the 60-meter hurdles (8.90).

The Elis' jumpers have also been impressive in recent weeks. Sophomore Paul Chandler set a personal record in the pole vault (4.55m) at last weekend's Terrier Invitational in a fifth-place effort. And Lindberg, though he did not jump last week, won the long jump in the tri-meet with Dartmouth and Columbia two weeks ago (6.29m). Junior Mark Kaczor, junior Mike Levine and sophomore Stefan Palios will represent the Bulldogs in the throws.

The two-day competition will begin on Friday at 5:00 p.m. with the field events and conclude for the evening with the running of the distance medley at 8:15 p.m. It then resumes on Saturday, with field events set to begin at 9:30 a.m. and the final race scheduled for 5:05 p.m.

Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity

This meet is named in honor of legendary Yale track and field coach Bob Giegengack. In his 29 years at Yale, the USA Track and Field Hall of Famer led the Elis to 183 victories, four IC4A titles, and 13 outdoor and four indoor Heptagonal championships. Teacher, coach, philosopher, tireless storyteller and international leader in track and field, Bob Giegengack spent more than 40 fruitful, exciting years in a career he loved. Helping talented young people to excel, both in their sport and in their studies, met his highest ideals. He trained his athletes, encouraged them and taught them strategies for success, always with the goal of mens sana in corpore sano, a healthy mind in a healthy body. From each athlete, he demanded the best effort possible, not just for the sake of individual achievement, but also for the good of the team. Beginning with his high school students at Brooklyn Prep, then at Fordham and Yale, and as an Olympic coach in Melbourne (1956) and Tokyo (1964), "Gieg" worked to fulfill his personal ideals as a teacher, mentor and competitor. After his retirement in 1976, he coached Yale's first women's team. The Giegengack legacy of talent, devotion and high ideals lives on at Yale today.