Elis to Compete Against the Best of the East
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A select group of Elis will represent Yale this weekend at the annual Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships in Boston. The IC4A is a super-conference administered by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and consisting of teams from across New England and the Mid-Atlantic. This year's competition will be the 91st rendition of the championships, making it among the oldest indoor meets in the nation.
Along with three relay teams, 10 Yale athletes have earned the right to compete individually this weekend by meeting the IC4A qualifying standards in their respective events. Four of those – senior Matthew Bieszard, junior Timothy Hillas, sophomore Ryan Laemel and freshman John McGowan – have done so at multiple distances, which should make Yale well-represented in all categories.
Bieszard, the team captain, has qualified in the 200-meter (22.05), 400-meter (48.40) and 500-meter (1:04.45) dashes. He owns the fastest time on the team in each of those events, and was named to the All-Ivy League second team for his runner-up finish in the 400-meter dash last week at Heps. Bieszard will be joined in the sprints by sophomore Daniel Jones, who qualified for the 60-meter dash with a personal-record time of 6.96 at the HYP meet.
The Bulldogs are deepest in the middle distance events, with five qualifiers. Junior Christopher Ramsey (1:54.69) and sophomore James Shirvell (1:54.06) figure to be in the thick of things in the 800-meter run. Shirvell, who made his return from injury last week, recorded his qualifying time in early December at the Yale Season Opener, and has run as fast as 1:51.67 in the past. Ramsey, for his part, split a 1:52.27 in the distance medley at the IC4A indoor meet last year, earning All-East honors. Meanwhile, McGowan, a freshman, has shown tremendous growth over the course of the season, and will have his pick of the 1000-meter run (2:27.13) and mile run (4:11.16). Hillas (4:08.43) and senior Julian Sheinbaum (4:12.51) have also qualified in the mile.
Hillas also boasts Yale's fastest time in the 3000-meter run (8:12.55), and placed fourth in that event at Heps. In that race, Hillas beat out Brown's Dan Lowry, who is the eight overall IC4A qualifier. Junior Sam Kirtner was among the first Elis to punch his ticket to Boston, qualifying for the 3000-meter run in mid-January (8:28.94). Conversely, Laemel came on strong late in the season, earning a spot in the 3000-meter run at the HYP meet (8:18.65) and in the 5000-meter run at Heps (14:43.93).
Yale's lone qualifier in the field events is junior Mike Levine, the reigning Ivy League outdoor champ in the discus. Levine will compete in the hammer throw at IC4As, in which he holds Yale's seventh best all-time mark (17.98m). This year, he has exhibited steady improvement as the season has progressed, and turned in his best performance of 2012 last week (17.35m).
The Bulldogs also saw all three of their relay teams qualify for IC4As. The 4x400-meter relay team of Bieszard, freshman William Rowe, sophomore Clifford Van Meter and freshman Mario Kranjac (3:19.17) did so at the same track upon which they will run this weekend. McGowan, senior Charlie Jaeger, Hillas and junior Michael Pierce comprise the Yale 4x800-meter relay team (7:46.64) that qualified seven weeks ago, whereas the distance medley relay team of McGowan, Van Meter, Jaeger and Hillas strung together its best time only last week (7:52.51).
The opening chapter of the two-day meet begins on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and will feature the weight throw and prelims in all running events (except the 3000-meter run, which will be a final, and the 5000-meter run, which will be held on Sunday). The finals will follow on Sunday. A full event schedule is available here. Results will be posted on www.yalebulldogs.com at the conclusion of each day.
Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity