Several Runners Return to Competition, Try New Events
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Despite a number of standout individual performances, the Bulldogs fell to the Crimson today by a score of 114 to 49. A number of athletes were competing in unfamiliar events or returning from injury or hiatus. Even so, Yale managed to pull out five victories and six second-place finishes.
It was senior captain Matthew Bieszard pacing the Elis again, racking up wins in the 200- and 400-meter dashes and as a member of the 4x400-meter relay. He ran away with the in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.71, more than half a second ahead of the next best competitor, and held off rival John Dingus with a personal best of 47.98 in the 400-meter dash. He then anchored the All-East 4x400-meter relay team to victory in 3:17.66 (also running on the team were freshmen Dylan Hurley, William Rowe and Mario Kranjac).
Rowe, who only began running hurdles a few weeks ago, ran his best time yet (55.97) in a winning effort in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles. Sophomore Nnamdi Udeh was third in the event in 59.63. Meanwhile, freshman Daniel Kemp also turned in his best performance of the season in the 100-meter high hurdles (15.49) and placed second.
Junior Mike Levine continued his dominance in the discus with a season-best winning throw of 51.78m, and took second in the hammer throw (54.17m). Levine's victory was particularly sweet because it came against Harvard's Edward Rucker, who bested him at this meet last year. Sophomore Stefan Palios was fifth in both events (42.42m in the discus and 39.92m in the hammer throw).
In the other throwing events, junior Mark Kaczor was fifth in the shot put (12.86m) and sophomore Clifford Van Meter placed second in the javelin (49.10m). It was Van Meter's first time throwing javelin this season, and he shattered his previous personal record by over 8 meters.
Though not winning any events outright, the Bulldogs were able to pick up points in bunches in the middle distance events. The 800-meter run brought an especially encouraging outcome, as sophomore James Shirvell finished second (1:53.59) in his return from injury and senior John Van Deventer was right behind (3rd – 1:55.97) in his first race of the year. The Elis also went 2-3 in the 1500-meter run; freshman John McGowan (2nd – 3:51.43) and junior Michael Pierce (3rd – 3:52.40) both ran their best races of the season. Senior Nathan Richards (9:23.04) and freshman Jacob Sandry (9:31.82) brought the same 2-3 punch in the 3000-meter steeplechase. It was Sandry's first attempt at the steeplechase at the collegiate level. Junior Timothy Hillas (4th – 8:30.52) and sophomore Miles Richardson (5th – 8:35.38) led all Yale runners in the 3000-meter run.
The Bulldogs were also able to score a couple of points in the jumps. Sophomore Dana Lindberg was third in the long jump (6.71m) and junior Tommy Winger had the same finish in the triple jump (12.64m). It was Winger's first time competing in the triple jump since last spring. Despite jumping the same height as the third-place finisher (1.81m) freshman Kyle Bajtos was unfortunate to fall out of the scoring and into fourth place in the high jump on the basis of faults.
Sophomore Daniel Jones continued to lead Yale in the shorter distances by taking fourth place in both the 100-meter dash (10.97) and 200-meter dash (22.30).
The Elis are headed for Princeton next weekend to compete in the Larry Ellis Invitational.
Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity