Seventeen Elis Eligible for Second Postseason Meet
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—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.
The Bulldogs figure to be strongest in the middle-distance events. Coming off a third-place finish in the 1,000-meter run at Heps, junior James Shirvell will lead the Elis in the middle-distance events—having qualified in the 800-meters, 1,000-meters and mile run, not to mention the 4x800 meter relay and distance medley relay. Of all IC4A qualifiers, Shirvell has the 22nd-fastest season-best time in the 1,000-meters (2:25.96), the 23rd-fastest season-best time in the mile run (4:05.93) and 41st-fastest season-best time in the 800-meter run (1:52.31).
Sophomore John McGowan will also be one of the Bulldogs' top scoring threats this weekend, and he is qualified in the exact same five events as Shirvell. McGowan's top times this season in the 1,000 and 800-meter races are slower than Shirvell's, but his mile time of 4:04.70 at the Terrier Classic earlier this year is not only faster than Shirvell's top time this season, but is also the second-best time in Yale indoor track history. McGowan competed in the mile run at the IC4As as a freshman and nearly qualified for the finals, recording the 11th-fastest time in prelims. Unfortunately, only the top 10 runners advanced to the final.
Senior team captain Timothy Hillas will also be a force to be reckoned with in the middle-distance events. He—like Shirvell and McGowan—is qualified in the 1,000-meter run, mile run, distance medley relay and 4x800 meter relay. In addition, he is also qualified for the 3,000-meter run. Hillas' mile time of 4:05.43 at the Terrier Classic is the 22nd-fastest season-best time among all IC4A qualifiers, and is the fourth-fastest time in Yale history.
Joining Hillas as 3,000-meter qualifiers are junior Michael Cunetta and freshman Kevin Dooney. Despite his youth, Dooney placed second in the event at the Yale-Dartmouth-Columbia meet and sixth at the HYP rivalry meet. Cunetta placed seventh in the event at both the Yale Collegiate Invitational and the HYP meet.
Dooney is also a qualifier in the 5,000-meter run, and he recorded his season-best time of 14:33.36 last weekend at Heps. The Bulldogs' other 5,000-meter qualifiers include seniors Demetri Goutos and Kevin Lunn. Lunn and Goutos took first and second place, respectively, in the event at the Giegengack Invitational with marks of 14:29.18 and 14:37.71.
In the sprints, junior Daniel Jones qualified for the IC4As at last weekend's Heps with his 60-meter dash time of 6.97 (just .01 slower than his personal record). Jones competed in the 60-meter dash at last year's IC4As but failed to qualify for the finals. Sophomore William Rowe is qualified in the 500-meter dash, and he has been one of the Bulldogs' top long sprinters all season. Rowe was a member of the 4x400-meter relay team that memorably placed seventh overall at last year's IC4As, earning All-East honors in the process.
The Elis will also hope to score in the field events, where pole vaulter Paul Chandler will seek to continue his brilliant junior season and where senior Mike Levine will seek to end his indoor track career with a top finish in the weight throw. Chandler qualified for the pole vault at the HYP meet with a mark of 15'9" (4.80m), and his resume this season has been quite impressive: third at the Yale Invitational, first at Yale-Dartmouth-Columbia, third at the Giegengack, first at HYP and fifth at Heps. Levine started the indoor track season with three consecutive first-place finishes in the weight throw. He followed up two fourth-place finishes at the Giegengack and HYP meets with an eight-place showing at Heps last weekend. Levine will be looking to top his season-best toss of 17.96m and career-best toss of 17.98m this weekend.
Yale teams have also qualified in both the 4x800 meter relay and distance medley relay. The Bulldogs have seen three different 4x800-meter relay teams meet the entry standard to qualify for IC4As: the team of junior John Cocco, sophomore Michael Grace, Hillas and freshman Peter Merritt ran the event in 7:48.20 at the Yale Invitational; the team of Grace, Hillas, McGowan and Shirvell ran a 7:43.34 at Yale-Dartmouth-Columbia; and the team of Cocco, Grace, freshman Max Payson and senior Michael Pierce ran a 7:51.58 at Heps. The Bulldogs' team of Hillas, sophomore Dylan Hurley, McGowan and Shirvell also qualified for the IC4A distance medley relay at Heps with a time of 9:54.50. Like Rowe, Hurley was also a member of last year's All-East honoree 4x400-meter relay team.
With the exception of parts of the heptathlon on Friday, all events will take place Saturday and Sunday. Men's action will begin Saturday at 10:00 a.m. with the 60-meter hurdles portion of the heptathlon and conclude around 1:00 p.m. with trials in the three relay events. While the 5,000-meter run, high jump, weight throw and triple jump will have finals on Saturday, the rest of the events will not have their final rounds until Sunday. Sunday's festivities will begin early for the men's teams—at 9:30 a.m. with the long jump—and end around 3:30 p.m. with the finals in the three relay events. The awards ceremony is scheduled for around 4:00 p.m. A full schedule of events can be found here. Results will be available at the conclusion of each day on www.yalebulldogs.com.
Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity