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Yale Dominates Field Events in Ivy Opener

Paul Chandler. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Paul Chandler. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

First-Place Finishes from Chandler, Levine and Lindberg Help Elis Take Second

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.

In the first event of the day—the men's weight throw—senior Mike Levine took first place, continuing his stellar start to the season. Levine has now placed first in the weight throw in each of this season's first three meets, and his toss of 17.32m on Sunday travelled more than one meter farther than anyone else's. 

Yale's dominance in the field events continued with junior Dana Lindberg's first-place finish in the long jump. Lindberg's leap of 6.95m is Yale's top long jump measurement of the season. Junior Paul Chandler provided the Bulldogs with their third and final first-place finish of the day in the pole vault (4.65m) and tied his own previous personal record in the process. Juniors Stefan Palios and Mark Kaczor, meanwhile, placed second and third in the shot put with throws of 13.96m and 12.71m, respectively. Levine placed fourth in the event.

Although the Bulldogs did not place first in any track events, they put on a very impressive performance, including five second-place finishes and seven third-place finishes. In the short sprints, junior Daniel Jones continued his brilliant season by taking second in both the 60-meter (7.08) and 200-meter dashes (22.39). Lindberg, in addition to his strong long jump performance, took third in the 200-meter dash (22.66) and fourth in the 60-meter dash (7.19). Yale also took third in both the 400-meter and 500-meter dashes, thanks to a pair of sophomores: William Rowe (50.98) and Dylan Hurley (1:06.57), respectively. 

Freshman Adam Lundquist has started his collegiate career in brilliant fashion, taking second and fourth in the 60-meter hurdles in the season's first two meets. On Sunday, Lundquist notched another second-place finish in his signature event.

Yale also performed well in the middle distance events, where sophomore John McGowan (4:08.44) and senior Timothy Hillas (4:09.35) took second and third, respectively, in the mile run. McGowan beat his previous personal record in the event by almost three seconds. Sophomore Michael Grace extended Yale's strong showing in the middle distance runs to the 800-meter run, in which he placed fourth with a time of 1:57.18. 

In the longest event of the day—the 3,000-meter run—the Elis put on a great team performance, as freshman Kevin Dooney, senior Sam Kirtner and senior Demetri Goutos took second, third and fourth, respectively. Dooney's time of 8:29.26 is the Bulldogs' top 3,000-meter time of the season, while Goutos' time of 8:31.55 beat his previous personal record—set in last weekend's first-place finish—by nearly nine seconds. The Elis also took second in both the 4x400 meter and 4x800 meter relays.

Following a successful showing at their first scored meet of the season, the Bulldogs will seek to build on their momentum when they travel to Boston University next Saturday for the Terrier Invitational—an unscored friendly meet. 

Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity