May 10, 2012

Bulldogs Back at Princeton for IC4As

15 Elis Will Compete Against the Best of the East

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's track and field team will send a select contingent of qualifying athletes to compete at the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships at Princeton this weekend. 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. Nine Elis have qualified for the meet individually, along with all three of Yale's regular relay teams.

Senior Matthew Bieszard will lead the Bulldogs in the sprints, having qualified individually in three different events. The captain has met the qualifying standards in the 100-meter dash (10.85), 200-meter dash (21.35) and 400-meter dash (46.92). He ran the latter two times in a phenomenal performance last weekend at Heps, and holds the sixteenth-best 400-meter time among IC4A competitors.

Bieszard will also anchor the Elis' sprint relays. Yale's All-East 4x400-meter relay has met and exceeded the qualifying standard multiple times this year, but ran its best time at the indoor IC4A Championships (3:14.06). Along with Bieszard, the team will consist of freshman Dylan Hurley, freshman Mario Kranjac and sophomore Nnamdi Udeh. Meanwhile, the 4x100-meter relay team of Bieszard, Hurley, sophomore Daniel Jones and Udeh posted its best time of the year (41.90) at Heps last weekend.

Also at Heps, the Bulldogs put together an outstanding time in the 4x800-meter relay in the only time they have run the race this year. The team of sophomore James Shirvell, junior Timothy Hillas and seniors Charlie Jaeger and John Van Deventer ran a time of 7:25.64, which ranks them seventh in the IC4A. Shirvell has also qualified individually in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:51.14, also run at Heps.

The Elis have competed on Princeton's track several times already this season, and it has been particularly kind to its distance and middle distance runners. Three Bulldogs qualified for IC4As in the 1500-meter run in a single race at the Larry Ellis Invitational. Hillas led the way (3:48.12), followed by freshmen John McGowan (3:49.37) and Jacob Sandry (3:50.96). Two weeks previously, juniors Kevin Lunn (30:53.35) and Matthew Thwaites (31:02.14) made the mark in the 10,000-meter run at the Sam Howell Invitational, as did senior Nathan Richards (9:05.08) in the 3000-meter steeplechase.

Junior Mike Levine, fresh off a successful Ivy League title defense in the discus last weekend, will compete in both the discus and hammer throw. Levine seems to be peaking at just the right time, throwing season bests in the discus in each of the past two weeks. His current mark of 53.79m (176'06") is fifth in the IC4A, while his best hammer throw distance of 58.71m (192'07") is sixteenth.

The meet begins Friday afternoon and runs through Sunday. A full schedule of events is available here, and results will be available afterwards on www.lancertiming.com and www.yalebulldogs.com.

Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity