Bulldogs Take Top Five Spots in 5,000-Meter Run on Day One of Giegengack
Lunn, Goutos Qualify for IC4A Meet
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—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.
Before Friday, the Bulldogs had yet to enter any individuals in the 5,000-meter run this season. At last week's Terrier Invitational in Boston, the Elis did not even enter any individuals in the 3,000-meter run. All that rest appeared to pay off on Friday, as senior Kevin Lunn (14:29.18), senior Demetri Goutos (14:37.71), freshman Kevin Dooney (14:47.53), junior Michael Cunetta (14:49.60) and senior Matthew Thwaites (14:49.89) took the top five spots—in that order—in the event. All five athletes easily set new personal records in the event, and Goutos and Lunn qualified for the IC4A meet later this season. Most notably, however, Lunn's time is the eigth-fastest 5,000-meter time in Yale history.
The Elis' success did not end in the 5,000-meter run, however. In the weight throw, senior Mike Levine continued his strong season with a toss of 56'10.75" (17.34m)—good enough for a fourth place finish in the event.
The Bulldogs also entered a slew of talented runners in the 200-meter dash, and they were represented well. Junior Daniel Jones (22.63) and freshman Adam Lundquist (23.64) each took first in their heats, and they placed sixth and 20th, respectively, overall. Sophomore Dylan Hurley, junior Nnamdi Udeh, and sophomore William Rowe placed 13th, 14th and 15th, respectively, in the event.
The meet will resume tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. with the shot put and conclude at 5:05 p.m. with the 4x400 meter relay. Live results will be available at http://files.milesplit.us/live_results/133848/index.html.
Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity
This meet is named in honor of legendary Yale track and field coach Bob Giegengack. In his 29 years at Yale, the USA Track and Field Hall of Famer led the Elis to 183 victories, four IC4A titles and 13 outdoor and four indoor Heptagonal championships. Teacher, coach, philosopher, tireless storyteller and international leader in track and field, Giegengack spent more than 40 fruitful, exciting years in a career he loved. Helping talented young people to excel, both in their sport and in their studies, met his highest ideals. He trained his athletes, encouraged them and taught them strategies for success, always with the goal of mens sana in corpore sano—a healthy mind in a healthy body. He demanded the best effort possible from each athlete, not just for the sake of individual achievement, but also for the good of the team. Beginning with his high school students at Brooklyn Prep, then at Fordham and Yale, and even as an Olympic coach in Melbourne (1956) and Tokyo (1964), "Gieg" worked to fulfill his personal ideals as a teacher, mentor and competitor. After his retirement in 1976, he coached Yale's first women's track and field team. The Giegengack legacy of talent, devotion and high ideals lives on at Yale today.