February 4, 2012

Another Day, Another (Two) Victories

Chandler, Pierce Are Winners on Day Two of Giegengack

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Competing at the Giegengack Invitational at Coxe Cage, the Yale men's track and field team repeated its result from yesterday with another two first-place and two second-place individual results. The unscored meet pitted the Bulldogs against nine other teams, including Ancient Eight rival Penn.

Sophomore Paul Chandler secured the first of Yale's victories with his 4.50-meter leap in the pole vault. Chandler, who sat out last year's season nursing an injury, had actually performed marginally better at last week's Terrier Invitational (4.55m), but his performance today marked a significant milestone as his first collegiate win.

The mile run brought a similar outcome for the Elis as junior Michael Pierce (4:15.29) staved off UMass Amherst's Thomas Mullen and Penn's John Foye down the stretch to take the title. In other middle distance events, junior Christopher Ramsey (1:54.69) was fourth and senior Charlie Jaeger (1:55.29) eighth in a tightly contested 800-meter run. Both ran their best times of the season, and freshman Matt Nussbaum did likewise in a sixth-place effort in the 3000-meter run (8:37.79).

Senior Matthew Bieszard, who was second in yesterday's 200-meter dash, was again edged out at the finish line in the 500-meter dash (1:04.45). But the team captain can take consolation in posting a time that meets the qualifying standards for the indoor IC4A meet. Freshman William Rowe was fifth in the same race (1:05.32), and the two of them helped lead Yale's 4x400-meter relay team to a second-place finish and another IC4A-qualifying time (3:19.32).

In the open 400-meter dash, freshman Mario Kranjac took seventh (50.52) and junior Clifford Van Meter was 15th (52.61).

Sophomore Daniel Jones ran brilliantly in setting a personal record in the 60-meter dash (2nd place - 7.03), but was unfortunate to still fall 0.06 seconds short of Manhattan freshman and two-time high school All-American Abdias Myrtil. Sophomore Dana Lindberg also set a new personal record in the race (7.20) and placed eighth.

Freshman Daniel Kemp (8.93) and sophomore Nnamdi Udeh (9.11) came in ninth and tenth place, respectively, in the 60-meter hurdles, and junior Mark Kaczor was 13th in the shot put (12.48m).

The Elis head to Cambridge, Mass. next week for the traditional HYP rivalry meet, and then have Feb. 25-26 circled on their calendars for the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships.

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.

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