February 26, 2012

Bulldogs Score in Three Events on Day Two of Heps

Bieszard, Relay Teams Contribute to Tally

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Elis capped off their indoor season with a number of strong results at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships at Cornell, highlighted by the performance of their captain, senior Matthew Bieszard. As a team, the Bulldogs finished eighth with 16 total points, narrowly losing out to Penn (18 points). Princeton (184 points) held off Cornell (176 points) to claim the Ancient Eight crown for the third consecutive year.

After five athletes, Bieszard included, ran under 50 seconds in qualifiers for the 400-meter dash yesterday, the stage was set for a tightly contested showdown in the finals today. In a repeat of the HYP meet two weeks ago, the race saw Harvard's Tom Hopkins narrowly edge out Bieszard (48.95) for the win. Bieszard took second, earning second team All-Ivy honors for his effort. He will also compete at next week's IC4A Championships, entering with a qualifying time (48.40) that ranks him seventh in Yale history.

Sophomore Ryan Laemel narrowly missed scoring for the Bulldogs in the 5000-meter run, finishing two spots out of the points in eighth place (14:43.93). His time qualifies him for the IC4A meet, for which he has also qualified in the 3000-meter run. Junior Matthew Thwaites (12th – 14:53.72), junior Kevin Lunn (14th – 15:03.00) and freshman Isa Qasim (22nd – 15:28.47) also represented the Elis in the event.

Yale's middle distance men also shone in the form of the distance medley relay. In a race in which the eight teams were separated by less than ten seconds, the Bulldogs finished fifth (9:55.51) and picked up two team points. The Yale team (listed in order) of freshman John McGowan, sophomore Clifford Van Meter, senior Charlie Jaeger and junior Timothy Hillas posted its best time of the season and the fifteenth-best ever, and qualified itself for the IC4A meet.

The Elis also earned a point for their showing in the 4x400 meter relay. The foursome of Bieszard, freshman William Rowe, freshman Mario Kranjac and freshman Dylan Hurley took second in their heat and sixth overall with a time of 3:22.69.

Heps marks the end of regularly scheduled competition for the team, but Yale athletes who have met the IC4A qualifying standards will compete at that meet in Boston next weekend. At present, that contingent will included at least Bieszard, Hillas, junior Sam Kirtner, Laemel, junior Mike Levine, McGowan, senior Julian Sheinbaum and sophomore James Shirvell individually, as well as the members of the aforementioned distance medley and 4x400-meter relay teams.

Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity