January 12, 2013

Bulldogs Open the New Year With Dominating Performance

Multiple Individuals Set Personal Records

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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, 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. 

If Saturday's meet was any indication, the Bulldogs may have a very bright season ahead of them. In the first event of the day—the men's weight throw—senior Mike Levine came in first place with a throw measuring 58'11.25" (17.96m), just shy of his Yale personal record of 58'11.875" (17.98m).

The 3000-meter run provided Yale with its other first-place finisher of the day: senior Demetri Goutos, who spent his junior year dealing with injury and whose time of 8:40.26 broke his previous collegiate personal record by almost four seconds. As a whole, the Elis excelled in the 3000-meter run, the longest non-relay event of the day, taking four of the top seven spots. Freshman Kevin Dooney, senior Sam Kirtner and junior Michael Cunetta took third, sixth and seventh in the event, respectively. 

Kirtner, Goutos and Cunetta also made their presences felt in the mile run, placing second, fourth and eighth, respectively. Kirtner and Goutos both set personal records in the event. In the 800-meter run, freshman Max Payson followed up his stellar performance in the season opener with a time of 1:58.25 and a fifth place finish.

The Bulldogs also did well in the sprint events, with sophomore Dylan Hurley finishing second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.45 and junior Nnamdi Udeh taking third in the event with a time of 50.55, shattering his previous personal record by over three seconds. In the 60-meter dash, junior Daniel Jones made it to the finals and finished seventh with a time of 7.13. 

In the 60-meter hurdles, freshman Adam Lundquist put on another solid performance, taking first in his heat and placing fourth in the finals with a time of 8.47.

A pair of juniors represented Yale well in two of the field events: the pole vault and long jump. Paul Chandler tied for third in the pole vault with a leap of 4.35m, while Dana Lindberg took fourth in the long jump with a measurement of 6.72m.

In the relays, Yale's 4x800-meter team placed third, just seven seconds behind the top time of the day. Yale also managed seventh and eighth place finishes in the men's 4000-meter distance medley relay, with times of 10:13.86 and 10:14.84. 

The Elis will seek to build on their early-season momentum when they compete at Coxe Cage again next Sunday in an Ivy League meet against Columbia and Dartmouth.

Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity