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Bulldogs Set Array of Personal Records in Boston

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

Chandler, Hillas, Levine and Shirvell Leave Boston With Top-10 Finishes

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—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 at the meet.

The Bulldogs decided to rest much of their team—including almost all of their distance runners—this weekend in anticipation of the Giegengack Invitational, which the Elis are hosting at Coxe Cage next weekend. Despite sending a team of only 20 individuals to Boston this weekend, the Bulldogs managed to shine brightly in a number of events. 

Junior Paul Chandler put on the most impressive performance of the day for the Elis, placing fourth in the pole vault with a measurement of 15'5" (4.7m). Chandler is enjoying a brilliant start to his penultimate season, and his vault of 15'5" breaks his own personal record in the pole vault—a mark he set just last week in a first-place finish in the Bulldogs' Ivy League Opener. Elsewhere in the field events, senior Mike Levine represented Yale well with a seventh-place finish in the weight throw with a toss of 55'3" (16.84m). Levine has had a stellar season for the Bulldogs, and this weekend marked the first meet of the season in which Levine did not place first in the weight throw. Yale's third and final competitor in the field events was senior Tommy Winger, who continued his strong season by placing 14th in the long jump with a jump of 20'11.25" (6.38m).

The Bulldogs' short-handed team was equally impressive in the middle distance events. In the 800-meter run, junior James Shirvell—the Elis' 800-meter ace—placed fifth with a time of 1:52.31, trailing the first place finisher by just over one second. In the 1,000-meter run, senior Timothy Hillas impressed with a time of 2:27.82—good enough for first in his heat and seventh  overall. Hillas, who rarely runs the 1,000-meter race, broke his old personal record in the event by nearly three seconds. Hillas also broke his previous personal record with a time of 4:05.43 in the mile run, placing 14th—just one spot behind sophomore John McGowan, whose time of 4:04.70 broke the personal record he set just last weekend by nearly four seconds.

In the short sprints, junior Daniel Jones nearly tied his best time of the season in the 60-meter dash, finishing 22nd with a time of 7.09. Junior Dana Lindberg, who did not compete in the long jump—arguably his best event—this weekend, finished the 60-meter dash in 7.21. Lindberg and Jones also posted Yale's two best times of the day in the 200-meter dash: 22.38 and 22.39, respectively. Lindberg broke his previous personal record in the 200-meter dash and tied his previous best in the 60-meter dash.

Underclassmen put on solid performances in the longer sprints. In the 500-meter dash, sophomore William Rowe's time of 1:04.90 was not only good enough for 16th place, but also beat his previous personal best in the event. Freshman John Keisling finished closely behind Rowe in 1:06.20. Sophomore Dylan Hurley, meanwhile, placed first in his heat and 34th overall with a time of 49.68 in the 400-meter dash. At the Bulldogs' Ivy League opener last weekend, Rowe placed third in the 400-meter dash, while Hurley took third in the 500-meter dash.

Yale's two top hurdlers—also underclassmen—similarly performed well in the 60-meter hurdles. Freshman Adam Lundquist and sophomore Daniel Kemp finished with times of 8.69 and 8.85, respectively.

In the 4x400 meter relay, the Bulldogs' team of Hurley, Jones, Rowe and junior Nnamdi Udeh placed 22nd with a time of 3:20.84.

After another successful showing, the Bulldogs should have a well-rested team for next week's Giegengack Invitational, being held on Friday and Saturday at Coxe Cage.

Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity