Bieszard Advances to Finals in 400
ITHACA, N.Y. – The Yale men's track and field team opened competition today at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, hosted by Cornell. With four events scored, the Elis closed the first chapter of the two-day meet in fifth place with 5 team points. Princeton, last year's champion, ended the day in first place (49 points), followed by Cornell (37 points), Harvard (20 points) and Dartmouth (10 points). Yale currently stands ahead of Brown (2 points), Columbia (1 point) and Penn (0 points).
Junior Timothy Hillas was the Bulldogs' top performer on the day, placing fourth in the 3000-meter run (8:16.10). Hillas finished between two All-Americans – Princeton's Donn Cabral (8:11.69) and Brown's Dan Lowry (8:17.73) – to pick up four points for Yale. Also running for Yale was sophomore Miles Richardson (14th – 8:32.78), senior Nathan Richards (16th – 8:35.01) and junior Sam Kirtner (20th – 8:43.45).
Junior Mike Levine was responsible for the other point scored by Yale. Levine threw a season-best 17.35m in the weight throw to take sixth place. Sophomore Paul Chandler also set a personal record in the pole vault with a leap of 4.65m, good for ninth place, and sophomore Dana Lindberg finished in the same position in the long jump (6.68m).
Most of Saturday's competition featured prelims for the running events. Senior captain Matthew Bieszard was the lone Eli to qualify for the finals of his race. Bieszard clocked the third-fastest time in the 400-meter dash (49.53), setting up a showdown tomorrow between him, Princeton's Tom Hopkins and Cornell's Mike Rabbitt.
Saturday's events allowed many of Yale's younger athletes to get some experience under their belts, especially in the sprints. Freshman Mario Kranjac came in 13th in the 400-meter dash (51.83), while fellow freshmen William Rowe (1:06.06) and Dylan Hurley (1:06.98) took 11th and 15th in the 500-meter dash. Freshman Daniel Kemp (8.79) and sophomore Nnamdi Udeh (9.16) went 12th and 13th, respectively, in the 60-meter hurdles, and sophomore Daniel Jones (7.04) placed 14th in the 60-meter dash.
The Bulldogs' underclassmen, aided by a strong veteran presence, also showed promise in the middle distance events. Freshman John McGowan barely missed out on qualifying in the 1000-meter run by placing ninth (2:30.06). Meanwhile, senior Charlie Jaeger (12th – 1:56.21), junior Christopher Ramsey (18th – 2:02.31) and sophomore James Shirvell (19th – 2:05.02) represented the Elis in the 800-meter run, and junior Michael Pierce (13th – 4:28.78) competed in the mile run.
Competition will resume tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. and will include the finals for all of today's running events, as well as the shot put, 5000-meter run and relay events. Results will again be available at www.yalebulldogs.com. Check here for a full schedule of events.
Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity