Early, Unscored Meet Offers Preview of Heps
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a strong team showing in last week's season opener, the Elis travel to Princeton this weekend to compete in the Sam Howell Invitational. They will be joined there by a number of their Ancient Eight rivals, including Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard and the host, Princeton, along with many schools from other conferences. With 973 registered athletes, it is one of the larger meets the Bulldogs will attend this year.
The meet begins Friday evening and is split across two days. Junior Mike Levine will have a busy afternoon, competing in both the hammer throw and discus throw on Friday. Levine was third in the latter event last weekend, posting a solid early mark of 50.79m that qualified him for IC4As. Sophomore Stefan Palios will also compete in the discus and in the shot put on Saturday.
Friday will also feature the elite distance and middle distance races, for which several Yale runners have qualified based on their seed times. Juniors Kevin Lunn and Matthew Thwaites will run in a 61-man field in the 10,000-meter run. For both, it will be the first time this year running that distance on the track. Similarly, sophomore Ryan Laemel and senior Nathan Richards will get their first looks at the 3000-meter steeplechase. Richards took third in the event at Heps last year and qualified for NCAA Regionals.
The same Yale foursome that swept the 1500-meter run at UConn last weekend will compete in the elite race on Friday. Junior Timothy Hillas, junior Sam Kirtner, freshman John McGowan and freshman Jacob Sandry all finished within one second of each other, utilizing one another for motivation and drafting. They will hope to employ the same pack running tactic against a deep, talented field on Friday.
The Bulldogs' sprint relay teams, both of which performed well at UConn, will get their chance on Saturday. The All-East 4x400-meter relay team of senior Matthew Bieszard and freshmen William Rowe, Mario Kranjac and Dylan Hurley won last week and has the potential to do so again. Bieszard, Kranjac and Hurley will also compete in the open 400-meter dash, while Rowe will try the 400-meter intermediate hurdles.
The Elis will also field the same fourth-place 4x100-meter relay team as last weekend: sophomore Daniel Jones, sophomore Dana Lindberg, Hurley and Bieszard. Jones will also race in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and Lindberg will run in the 200-meter dash and compete in the long jump.
Among the other Bulldogs competing on Saturday are freshman Daniel Kemp in the 110-meter high hurdles and sophomore Paul Chandler in the pole vault. Freshman Michael Grace, Hillas, senior Charlie Jaeger, McGowan, junior Michael Pierce and Sandry will all be in the 800-meter run.
Friday's competition begins at 4:00 p.m. and concludes at 9:50 p.m. The meet resumes the following day at 12:10 p.m. and the final gun goes off at 6:00 p.m. A full schedule is may be found here, and results will be made available on www.yalebulldogs.com.
Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity