2012-13 Yale Men's Track and Field News
May 21, 2013
Trio of Bulldogs Headed for NCAA East Regionals
As the Yale men’s track and field team’s season begins to wind down, the intensity of competition is only heating up. Three of the Bulldogs’ star athletes—senior Mike Levine, junior Dana Lindberg and junior James Shirvell—are preparing to trek to Greensboro, N.C., after qualifying for the NCAA Division I East Regionals, hosted by North Carolina A&T on May 23 and 25. The competition serves as the preliminary round for the NCAA Championships, and those who perform well at Regionals will have the chance to continue their season. The three eligible Elis will be seeking to make their presence felt amidst the most talented track and field athletes the Eastern portion of the U.S. has to offer.
May 16, 2013
Three Bulldogs Qualify for Division I East Regionals
The NCAA announced the qualifiers for the Division I men’s Outdoor Championship East Regionals on Thursday, and three members of the Yale men’s track and field team were among those selected. The Regionals serve as a preliminary round, and the top athletes at the competition will earn a chance to compete at the NCAA Championships.
May 11, 2013
Levine Scores in Discus at IC4As
After senior Matthew Thwaites’ fifth-place finish on Friday, the Yale men’s track and field team continued competition at the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships on Saturday, ending the day in 19th place. With senior Mike Levine leading the way, the Bulldogs put together several solid performances. The IC4As will conclude on Sunday, but the Elis have finished competing in all their events already, and they will now begin preparations for the remainder of the postseason.
May 11, 2013
Middle-Distance Runners Shine at Virginia Challenge
During a weekend in which several members of the Yale men’s track and field team competed at the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships at Princeton, five of the Bulldogs’ top middle-distance runners instead traveled to Charlottesville to run the 1,500-meters at the Virginia Challenge.
May 10, 2013
Thwaites Takes Fifth in 10,000-Meter Run at IC4As
The Yale men’s track and field team could not have asked to be in much better position at the end of day one of the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships at Princeton’s Weaver Stadium. After a remarkable fifth-place finish in the 10,000-meter run by senior Matt Thwaites, the Bulldogs finished the day in ninth place overall, with four points. The Elis trail Bucknell, George Mason and St. Joseph’s (Pa.) by one, two and four points, respectively and are only seven points out of third place. BYU currently leads all teams with 32 points.
May 9, 2013
Levine, Lindberg and Shirvell Receive Honors at Annual Team Banquet
At the Yale men’s track and field team’s annual banquet on Tuesday, three of the Bulldogs’ most accomplished stars—senior Mike Levine, junior Dana Lindberg and junior James Shirvell—received honors recognizing their hard work and personal achievements this year.
May 9, 2013
Bulldogs Prepare for IC4As
One week after performing well at the outdoor Ivy League Heptagonal Championships at Princeton, the Bulldogs are headed back to Princeton’s Weaver Stadium—this time for the outdoor Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships. The IC4A is a super-conference administered by the Eastern College Athletic Conference including schools from across the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions. Athletes had the chance to qualify for the meet in different events by reaching certain entry standards during regular season and postseason meets throughout the year. Overall, 13 Bulldogs, along with two relay teams, have qualified for the meet, although the Yale coaching staff has not yet finalized who will be competing this weekend. Most of the Bulldogs’ top athletes should, however, be in action in their best events this weekend as the Elis seek to make their presence felt among some of the top athletes and schools in the region.
May 9, 2013
Levine Named Second-Team All-Ivy
The Yale men’s track and field team’s own senior Mike Levine added yet another achievement to his already impressive resume after his performance at the outdoor Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. Levine’s second-place showing in the discus throw got him named to the All-Ivy Second Team. Levine had already been named First-Team All-Ivy twice in his esteemed collegiate career by winning back-to-back Ivy League discus championships his sophomore and junior years.
May 9, 2013
Shirvell Named Captain for Upcoming Season
At the annual Yale men’s track and field team banquet on Tuesday, junior James Shirvell received the honor of being elected by his teammates to serve as team captain for the 2013-2014 season. Over the course of the past season, Shirvell has developed into not only the Bulldog’s best middle-distance runner, but also a regional star.
May 5, 2013
Levine Sets New Personal Record, Places Second in Discus at Heps
The Yale men’s track and field team wrapped up its first postseason meet of the outdoor season on Sunday, recording a number of IC4A qualifications and personal bests at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, held at Princeton’s Weaver Stadium. After posting several notable marks on Saturday—mostly in preliminary heats—the Elis performed just as well in the final heats on Sunday. The Bulldogs finished with 19 points overall. Princeton won the meet with 190 points, just beating out Cornell (162 points), Brown (75) and Columbia (73).
May 4, 2013
Levine Takes Third in Hammer Throw in Final Heps of Career
The Yale men’s track and field team opened its postseason competition with a powerful showing at the outdoor Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Saturday. Despite a busy schedule during the past couple weeks, the Bulldogs looked fresh as they tallied several impressive performances at Princeton’s Weaver Stadium on day one of the two-day meet. Two Elis secured points for their team, and three others qualified for final heats tomorrow. At the end of Saturday’s action, the Bulldogs sit in sixth place with eight total points, two more than Brown and four more than Penn.
May 2, 2013
Bulldogs Embark for Princeton for Ivy League Championships
Coming off a three-week span in which it has competed in five separate meets, the Yale men’s track and field team is preparing to open postseason action this weekend. The Bulldogs will head to Princeton’s Weaver Stadium for the outdoor Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, which span both Saturday and Sunday. Although final entry lists will not be released until the meet begins on Saturday, most of the Elis’ top athletes can be expected to compete in their best events, as the Bulldogs strive to record a top-tier finish at Heps and gain a few last-minute IC4A qualifiers. The Elis have put together a strong outdoor season—especially over the past few weeks—and seem to be clicking at just the right time.
April 28, 2013
Rowe Places First in 400-Meter Hurdles, Qualifies for IC4As
The Yale men’s track and field team’s schedule seems to just keep getting busier. After sending 10 athletes to Philadelphia to compete at the Penn Relays on Thursday through Saturday, the Bulldogs hosted the annual Yale Springtime Invitational on Sunday. The meet attracted a wide range of local competition, including schools like Connecticut, Hartford, New Haven, Sacred Heart, Southern Connecticut State and Stony Brook. Because of the abundance of meets the Elis have been competing in over the past couple weeks, some of the team’s most accomplished runners took Sunday’s meet off. Thus, along with some of the Bulldogs’ regulars, many of the Bulldogs’ less experienced and younger athletes had the chance to shine on Sunday—and they represented the Elis well.
April 27, 2013
Bulldogs Run Fastest 4xMile Relay in Yale History to Close Penn Relays
After two days of impressive performances in front of thousands of fans on the biggest stage, the Yale men’s track and field team apparently saved its best for last. On Saturday, the third and final day of competition for the Bulldogs at the historic Penn Relays, the Elis’ 4xMile-relay team of senior Timothy Hillas, sophomore John McGowan, sophomore Matt Nussbaum and junior James Shirvell ran the fastest 4xMile relay in Yale history and managed a remarkable fifth-place finish in the Penn Relays College Men's 4xMile Championship of America. The Bulldogs finished in 16:20.35, less than three seconds behind Oregon—the winners of the event—and more than 30 seconds ahead of Yale’s previous record time in the event, a 16:52.38 recorded back in 2004.
April 26, 2013
Levine Places 11th in Discus Championship at Celebrated Penn Relays
After freshman Kevin Dooney’s strong performance in the 5,000-meter run on Thursday, the Yale men’s track and field team continued to show off its star athletes at the historic Penn Relays on Friday. Performing in front of tens of thousands of spectators and against many of the world’s best athletes, the Bulldogs made their presence felt in Philadelphia on the second day of the Penn Relays, registering a few impressive marks.
April 25, 2013
Dooney Runs 11th-Fastest 5,000-Meter Race in Yale History at Historic Penn Relays
The Yale men’s track and field team may have only had one athlete competing at the fabled Penn Relays on Thursday, but luckily for the Bulldogs, that one athlete was freshman Kevin Dooney.
April 23, 2013
Bulldogs Prepared for a Busy Weekend of Travel and Competition
After a hectic week last week that included the Harvard-Yale rivalry meet, the biennial Oxford-Cambridge meet and the annual Larry Ellis Invitational, the Yale men’s track and field team will continue with its busy schedule this weekend. On Thursday through Saturday, the Elis will be in Philadelphia for the 119th annual Penn Relays, and the Bulldogs will follow up the meet by hosting the Yale Springtime Invitational on Sunday.
April 20, 2013
Rowe Runs 14th-Fastest 400-Meter Hurdles in Yale History at Larry Ellis Invite
After a strong opening performance on Friday, the Yale men’s track and field team continued their impressive form on the second day of the annual Larry Ellis Invitational, hosted by Princeton. Five Bulldogs set personal-best times on Friday, and five more did so on Saturday, making this undoubtedly one of the strongest showings the Elis have put on thus far during the outdoor season.
April 19, 2013
Five Bulldogs Set Personal Records on Day One of Larry Ellis
Despite only having athletes entered in three events, the Yale men’s outdoor track and field team put on quite a show on day one of the Larry Ellis Invitational, hosted by Princeton. The annual meet pits the Bulldogs against their Ivy League rivals, as well as a massive field of schools from the East Coast and Mid-Atlantic. The Elis will be competing in a majority of their events tomorrow, when they will seek to build on Friday’s success.
April 18, 2013
Bulldogs Head to Princeton for Larry Ellis Invitational
After competing against Harvard last weekend and against Oxford and Cambridge on Tuesday, the Yale men’s track and field team will make the short trek to Princeton this weekend for the annual Larry Ellis Invitational, one of the largest meets the Bulldogs compete in each year. The meet, which last year featured more than 2,000 athletes, provides an opportunity for the Elis to take on all of their Ivy League rivals, as well as a range of colleges from the Mid-Atlantic, New England and elsewhere. This year, more than 70 colleges are registered to compete, in addition to more than 25 track and field clubs.
April 16, 2013
Levine Wins Twice As Harvard-Yale Combine to Beat Oxford-Cambridge
The Yale men’s outdoor track and field team teamed up with its traditional rival, the Harvard Crimson, on Tuesday to take on a combined squad of Oxford and Cambridge athletes in a historic biennial meet that dates back to 1899. As has been the case for most of the past several meets, the Harvard-Yale team raced to victory on Tuesday by a score of 13-6, placing first in 13 of the 19 total events and winning the heralded Naughton Trophy.
April 15, 2013
Bulldogs to Team Up With Crimson at Harvard-Yale vs. Oxford-Cambridge Meet
Despite having faced off against Harvard at last weekend’s Harvard-Yale dual meet, the Yale men’s track and field team will join forces with the Crimson this weekend at the 44th biennial Harvard-Yale vs. Oxford-Cambridge meet. The meet, which rotates locations and is being hosted by Harvard this year, pits two historic American rivals against two traditional British rivals. Last time the meet was held in 2011, the Harvard-Yale men earned a 15-5 victory. The teams will seek to continue to build off of not only that performance, but also Harvard and Yale’s historical success at the meet: their combined men’s team has won 30 of the 42 meets held since the tradition began in 1899 and 21 of the last 23 meets dating back to 1965.
April 13, 2013
Bulldogs to Host Crimson in Annual Rivalry Meet
After traveling to Princeton for the Sam Howell Invitational last weekend, the Yale men’s track and field team will host Harvard at the Dewitt Cuyler Athletic Complex on Saturday. This weekend’s meet will be the Bulldogs’ first scored meet and first Ivy League meet of the outdoor season. The Elis will seek to match the types of performances they strung together in the annual meet from 2003 to 2010, when they defeated Harvard in eight consecutive years. Harvard, however, has beaten Yale each of the past two seasons—a streak the Bulldogs hope to end this Saturday. Although Yale's lineup will remain private until Saturday, the Elis should have most of their top athletes entered in their best events this weekend.
April 13, 2013
Bulldogs Dominate Middle-Distance Events at Harvard-Yale Meet
With a grand total of 64 points—the team’s most since 2010—the Yale men’s track and field team put on an impressive showing at the annual Harvard-Yale dual meet on Saturday. Despite falling short of Harvard’s 97 points, the Elis had plenty to be proud of at the conclusion of the meet.
April 6, 2013
Freshmen Shine on Day Two of Sam Howell Invitational
After a strong, nearly record-setting performance in the 10,000-meter run on Friday from freshmen Kevin Dooney, the other freshmen on the Yale menâs track and field team posted some impressive performances of their own on Saturday.
April 5, 2013
Dooney Runs Fifth-Fastest 10,000-Meter Race in Yale History
Despite only having athletes entered in three different events, the Yale men's track and field team has plenty to be proud of at the conclusion of day one of the Sam Howell Invitational, hosted by Princeton. The Elis are up against a large field of East Coast and Mid-Atlantic competition this weekend, including the seven other Ivy League schools, but the Bulldogs certainly managed to make their presence felt on Friday.
April 4, 2013
Bulldogs to Take on Massive Field at Sam Howell Invitational
The Yale men's track and field team will compete amidst a field of around 1,000 student-athletes this weekend when the Bulldogs travel to Princeton for the Sam Howell Invitational. The annual unscored meet, which holds events on both Friday and Saturday, attracts schools from across the East Coast and Mid-Atlantic, including a good number of Ivy League schools. This year, all eight Ivy schools are traveling to the meet, making this weekend a prime warm-up opportunity for the Bulldogs headed into their scored Ivy League meets.
March 24, 2013
Several Elis Meet with Early Success at Tribe Invitational
After spending a week training intensely in Virginia, the Yale menâs track and field team competed in its first meet of the outdoor season this Saturday. The Tribe Invitational, hosted by William and Mary, can confidently be called a success, bringing two IC4A qualifying standards and a slew of new personal bests that suggest a prosperous season ahead.
March 23, 2013
Bulldogs to Open Outdoor Track Season at Tribe Invitational
After a break from competition, the Yale men’s track and field team will open its outdoor season this weekend at the Tribe Invitational, hosted by William & Mary. The Bulldogs competed at the Indoor IC4A Championships two weeks ago, where they concluded their indoor track season with a number of impressive showings, including their distance medley relay team’s fifth-place finish—which earned them All-East honors. The Elis will head to Virginia this weekend, seeking to build on their previous success at the Tribe Invitational. The last time the Bulldogs took part in the meet was in 2011, when the Elis registered four individual first-place finishes, as well as first-place finishes in both the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays.
March 3, 2013
Members of Fifth-Place Distance Medley Relay Team Receive All-East Honors
The four members of the Yale men's track and field team's distance medley relay team that competed at the Indoor IC4A Championships received All-East honors on Sunday.
March 3, 2013
Distance Medley Relay Team Places Fifth in IC4A Finals
The Yale men’s track and field team capped off its indoor season in impressive fashion on Sunday at the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships, hosted by Boston University. The Bulldogs scored four points to place 37th among all teams competing at the meet. Sunday’s showing was the best finish—both in terms of place and point total—Yale had recorded in the meet since 2009. The University of Connecticut won this year’s indoor IC4As with 104 points, and Cornell took second with 57.50 points.
March 2, 2013
Bulldogs Take First in Distance Medley Relay Prelims on Day One of IC4As
At the end of day one of the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships, the Yale men’s indoor track and field team has quite a bit to be excited about. Amidst some strong individual performances from some of their best athletes, the Bulldogs made their biggest mark of the day on Sunday in the distance medley relay prelims, as the team of sophomore Dylan Hurley, senior Sam Kirtner, sophomore Matt Nussbaum and senior Michael Pierce took first place with an impressive time of 9:53.73. The IC4As, hosted by Boston University, are the Bulldogs’ second postseason meet of the year, and pit the Elis against other star athletes from New England and the Mid-Atlantic who met specified entry standards throughout the course of the season.
February 27, 2013
Bulldogs to Continue Postseason at the IC4As
After traveling to Cambridge for the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships last weekend, several Bulldogs will head to Boston this weekend to compete in the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships this Saturday and Sunday. The IC4A is a super-conference administered by the Eastern College Athletic Conference including schools from across the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions. Athletes had the chance to qualify for the meet in different events by reaching certain entry standards during regular season and postseason meets. Overall, 17 Bulldogs have qualified for the meet, although the Yale coaching staff has not yet finalized who will be competing this weekend. The 17 qualifiers beats the 15 who qualified for the Elis last season.
February 27, 2013
Team, Nussbaum Earn USTFCCCA Academic Honors
The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released its 2012 Division I Cross Country All-Academic Award recipients on Monday, naming Yale men’s cross country an All-Academic team and sophomore Matt Nussbaum an individual All-Academic honoree.
February 23, 2013
Sullivan, Chandler Score Points in Pole Vault on Day One of Heps
The Yale indoor men’s track and field team concluded day one of this weekend’s Ivy League Heptagonal Championships in sixth place with 5.5 points through four events, thanks to scoring performances from their pole vaulters: freshman Brendan Sullivan and junior Paul Chandler. As has been the case through much of the season, the Bulldogs’ pole vaulters carried them again on Saturday, propelling them ahead of Penn (two points) and Brown (one point). The Elis will have more ground to make up tomorrow, however, if they are to overtake Harvard (32 points), Cornell (31 points), Princeton (25 points), Dartmouth (20.5 points), or Columbia (seven points).
February 21, 2013
Bulldogs Headed to Cambridge for Ivy League Championships
The Yale men’s indoor track and field team will start postseason competition this weekend when the Bulldogs travel to Harvard’s Gordon Indoor Track for the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, the signature event of the season. The Bulldogs are well rested after having last week off, and many of the team’s top athletes figure to be very competitive for top finishes this weekend. Many members of the team have had record-setting regular seasons, and they hope to build on that momentum this weekend.
February 9, 2013
Pole Vaulters Make Mark in Yale History at HYP Rivalry Meet
The Yale men’s indoor track and field team took home the top two spots in the pole vault at Saturday’s HYP rivalry meet at Princeton's Jadwin Gym, and junior Paul Chandler and freshman Brendan Sullivan set some impressive marks in the process.
February 7, 2013
Bulldogs Gearing Up for Showdown With Crimson and Tigers
With the Ivy League Heptagonal and IC4A Championships just around the corner, the Yale men’s indoor track and field team will face off against archrivals Harvard and Princeton on Saturday at the annual scored HYP meet. This year’s meet, to be held at Princeton’s Jadwin Gym, provides the Bulldogs with an opportunity to build on the stellar performances they have already strung together this season. Although Yale’s lineup will remain private until Saturday, the Elis should have most of their top athletes entered in their best events this weekend.
February 2, 2013
Hillas, Shirvell Make Mark in Yale History as Bulldogs Roll on Day Two of Giegengack
After a strong performance Friday evening saw the Yale men’s indoor track and field team take the top five spots in the 5,000-meter run, the Bulldogs did not let up on day two of the Giegengack Invitational on Saturday, registering two first-place finishes and numerous other impressive performances.
February 1, 2013
Bulldogs Rested and Ready for Giegengack Invitational
This weekend’s Giegengack Invitational at Coxe Cage will not only be the third home meet in four weeks for the Yale men’s track and field team, but will also be their last home meet of the indoor track season. The annual unscored friendly meet, named in honor of legendary Yale track and field coach Bob Giegengack, typically attracts a wide range of both in-state competition and other East Coast competitors, and spans both Friday and Saturday. Last year, teams from schools like Penn, Umass Amherst, Colgate, Manhattan, St. Joseph’s and Central Connecticut State all made the short trek to Coxe Cage for the meet.
February 1, 2013
Bulldogs Take Top Five Spots in 5,000-Meter Run on Day One of Giegengack
Day one of the Giegengack Invitational belonged to the Yale men’s track and field team’s distance runners, who put on a dazzling display in what turned out to be a strong start for the Bulldogs. Despite only entering competitors in four of the six events held Friday evening, the Elis have plenty to be proud of as they prepare for Saturday, when the meet will continue with the rest of its events. Friday’s action saw the Bulldogs facing competition from a wide range of regional schools, including Colgate, La Salle, Manhattan, Monmouth, Northeastern and St. Joseph’s.
January 26, 2013
Bulldogs Set Array of Personal Records in Boston
Competing against the largest field they have faced all season, the Yale men’s indoor track and field team put on yet another impressive performance at the annual Terrier Invitational on Saturday, registering four top-10 finishes. The friendly, unscored meet—hosted by Boston University—attracted schools from all across the country, including Ivy rivals Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth and Harvard. Even Galen Rupp, who took home a silver medal from the 2012 Olympic Games in London this past summer, made the trek from the West Coast to represent the University of Oregon.
January 24, 2013
Bulldogs Headed to Boston for Terrier Invitational
The Yale men’s indoor track and field team will be travelling northeast this weekend to compete in the Terrier Invitational. The meet, hosted by Boston University, typically attracts a large field of East Coast schools. At last year’s meet, the Bulldogs faced off against Ivy rivals including Harvard, Dartmouth and Brown, as well as other notable schools like Middlebury, Tufts and MIT. Many of Yale’s in-state rivals also generally make the trek to Boston for the competition.
January 20, 2013
Yale Dominates Field Events in Ivy Opener
With three individual first-place finishes, the Yale men’s track and field team placed second with 59 points at their annual tri-meet against Dartmouth and Columbia on Sunday. The Bulldogs placed above Columbia (42 points) but failed to surpass Dartmouth (77 points). Sunday’s meet was the Elis’ first Ivy League meet of the year, as well as their first scored meet. Although the Bulldogs could not catch the Big Green, a slew of top-three finishes not only assured Yale an improvement on its third-place team finish at last year’s meet, but also highlighted some star individual performances.
January 18, 2013
Bulldogs to Face Dartmouth and Columbia in Ivy League Opener
Coxe Cage will play host this Sunday to the annual tri-meet that pits the Yale men’s track and field team against teams from Columbia and Dartmouth. Sunday’s meet will be the Bulldogs’ first Ivy League meet of the indoor track season and will also be the Elis’ first scored meet of the year. After coming in first at the annual meet every year between 2005 and 2009, the Bulldogs placed second in 2010 and 2011 before coming in third last year. Yale hopes to build off dominating performances in its first two unscored meets of the season and once again leave the meet as first-place finishers.
January 15, 2013
Yale Hosts High School Invitational this Weekend at Coxe Cage
Yale University hosts its annual High School Track and Field Classic at Coxe Cage this Friday and Saturday.
January 12, 2013
Bulldogs Open the New Year With Dominating Performance
The Yale men’s track and field team competed for the first time in more than a month at the 31st Yale Intercollegiate Track Classic on Saturday at Coxe Cage. The meet, the Bulldogs’ first of 2013 and second of the indoor track season, was an unscored friendly and pitted Yale against in-state rivals including Sacred Heart, Southern Connecticut State, and Central Connecticut State, and UConn. Other notable out-of-state competitors included Williams, UMass Amherst, and Ivy-rival Brown. Saturday’s competition served as a final warm-up for Yale’s upcoming scored and Ivy League meets.
January 10, 2013
Bulldogs Set to Resume Competition Saturday at Yale Invitational
After a long holiday hiatus, the Yale men’s track and field team will return to action this Saturday when the Bulldogs host the 31st Yale Intercollegiate Track Classic at Coxe Cage. The team has not competed since the Yale Season Opener on December 8, also held at Coxe Cage.
January 9, 2013
Ybarra Joins Staff as Throws Coach
John Ybarra, a 2012 US Olympic Trials competitor who has also competed in the shot put at the last three USA track and field championships, has joined the Yale track and field staff as throws coach.
December 9, 2012
Bulldogs Break the Ice at Season Opener
The Yale men's track and field team competed in its first meet of the indoor season on Saturday at Coxe Cage. A number of area teams came to compete on Yale's historic oval, where the freshman class made its debut. Three Bulldogs conquered all in their respective events and the unscored meet gave the entire team a chance to gauge its performance thus far in the season.
December 6, 2012
Bulldogs Take to the Track at the Yale Season Opener
The Yale men’s track and field team is set to kick off its indoor campaign this Saturday when it hosts the Yale Season Opener at Coxe Cage. The unscored meet pits the Bulldogs against cross-town rivals Southern Connecticut State University and University of New Haven along with other area schools and offers athletes a chance to gauge their form in the early going. Though the Elis lost several standout runners to graduation last spring, the team’s core returns with the goal of continuing to climb in the league and regional rankings.