Team Sits in 16th After Levine's Third-Place Result
PRINCETON, N.J. – With two days in the books and one still to come, the Bulldogs closed Saturday's competition tied for 16th place in the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships. After senior Nathan Richards put a point on the board for the Bulldogs last night, junior Mike Levine added six more today thanks to his third-place showing in the discus, bringing the Yale's two-day tally to seven. This year marks the 136th rendition of the meet, making it one of the oldest in the nation.
Levine did not quite have the performance that earned him the Ivy League crown in the discus last week, but his throw of 52.63m (172'08") was good enough to merit him All-East honors. Levine finished behind only Morgan State's Emmanuel Stewart and Cornell's Stephen Mozia, whom he beat out for the victory at Heps last weekend.
Freshman John McGowan was the highlight for the Bulldogs on the track. After taking fourth in his heat, McGowan received an at-large qualification in the 1500-meter run with the 11th-fastest time. His time of 3:49.77 was .4 seconds off of his PR, and he will have another chance to improve it tomorrow in the finals. Junior Timothy Hillas was 17th (3:52.32) and freshman Jacob Sandry 31st (4:23.25) in the same race. Meanwhile, sophomore James Shirvell placed 26th in the 800-meter run (1:52.94).
In other middle events action, the Elis had a heartbreak in the 4x800-meter relay, finishing one spot and less than one second away from qualifying. The team of senior Charlie Jaeger, junior Michael Pierce, senior Julian Sheinbaum and Sandry put together a time of 7:38.45 to place 10th, .94 seconds behind the St. Joseph's team that snagged the final qualifying spot.
Senior captain Matthew Bieszard did not compete in his specialty race, the 400-meter dash, in order to focus on the shorter distances. He finished 2nd in his heat of the 200-meter dash, but 16th overall, a mere .22 seconds away from qualifying for the finals. Bieszard also anchored Yale's 4x100-meter relay team that finished 20th (42.16). The team of sophomore Daniel Jones, sophomore Nnamdi Udeh, freshman Dylan Hurley and Bieszard were .26 seconds slower than their season-best from last week.
The IC4A meet concludes tomorrow, and McGowan will be the only Eli competing on its final day. The gun for the finals of the 1500-meter run goes off at 12:30 p.m.
Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity