Several Elis Meet with Early Success at Tribe Invitational

Daniel Jones (left) and William Rowe (right). (Photo by Tom Cable)

Shirvell First in 1500-Meter Run, Levine Wins Discus

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—After spending a week training intensely in Virginia, the Yale men's track and field team competed in its first meet of the outdoor season this Saturday. The Tribe Invitational, hosted by William and Mary, can confidently be called a success, bringing two IC4A qualifying standards and a slew of new personal bests that suggest a prosperous season ahead.

Though only three Elis competed in the field events of the meet, the few who did were out to impress. Junior Dana Lindberg placed fourth with his bound of 6.86m (22'06.25) in the long jump, while senior Tommy Winger posted a mark of 6.28m (20'07.25). Winger also competed in the triple jump, surpassing his best for the indoor season and placing sixth with a distance of 13.23m (43'05.00).

In his last season of competition, senior Mike Levine easily met the qualifying mark for the IC4A Championship meet this season. Levine already holds the third spot on Yale's top-ten lists, though his performance on Saturday would have also won him a position.

Many of the day's accomplishments were accumulated by Yale's 1500-meter runners. Six Bulldogs participated in the event, with half of them claiming personal bests. Junior James Shirvell was the second team member of the day to meet an IC4A qualifying standard with his new best time of 3:50.22. Though Shirvell's personal triumph was enough by itseld, his first place finish in the race left little more to desired. Senior Sam Kirtner placed fourth in the field of 39 competitors, earning his personal best of 3:52.96, while sophomore Matt Nussbaum finished directly behind him, claiming the third individual triumph of the race. Nussbaum's new time to beat is 3:53.84. The remaining Elis all finished in the top third of the field. Freshman Kevin Dooney competed in the event for the first time, finishing in 3:59.05 and barely missing his best time from high school. Sophomore Isa Qasim finished in 4:03.13, while senior Michael Pierce crossed the line at 4:03.27.

In the 3,000-meter run—the longest event competed in by any Bulldog—two team members stood out. Senior Demetri Goutos earned his new best time of 8:30.35 with a third place finish in the event. Teammate Michael Cunetta followed just about two seconds behind at 8:32.56, earning his seventh place spot among thirty contenders. 

In the shortest middle distance event, the 800-meter run, sophomore John McGowan succeeded in obtaining both personal and public triumph. Not only did he earn a new personal best of 1:54.32, but he also placed second in the race. Sophomore Michael Grace likewise performed well, placing seventh with a finish of 1:57.90. 

A majority of Yale's sprinters collected comparable success in the meet. Lindberg led a pack of five Bulldogs in the 200-meter dash. His finishing time of 22.16 marks a new personal best. Fellow junior Nnamdi Udeh also beat his previously best time, finishing shortly behind Lindberg at 22.51. He was trailed by junior Daniel Jones, who competed the race in 22.69. Finally, both sophomore Mario Kranjac and freshman Martin Tolentino beat the times they posted during the indoor season. Kranjac crossed the finish line at 23.30, while Tolentino acquired a time of 23.28.

Both Kranjac and Udeh also competed in the 400-meter dash, a highly familiar event to them both. The two finished less than half a second apart, with Udeh coming in at 52.40 and Kranjac at 52.85. Two more 200-meter competitors, Jones and Tolentino, both participated in the 100-meter dash. Jones earned a time of 11.27, while Tolentino finished in 12.06

Yet another personal best was claimed during the 400-meter hurdles, with sophomore William Rowe's fifth place finish of 54.84. Two other Bulldogs competed in both the 400-meter hurdles and the 110-meter hurdles. Freshman Adam Lundquist acquired solid finishes in both, placing fifth (15.45) in the 110-meter hurdles and seventh (56.33) in the 400-meter hurdles. Sophomore Daniel Kemp finished in 15.88 in the 110-meter hurdles and 1:00.47 in the longer race. 

Additionally, Yale entered three teams in two relays. In the 4x400-meter relay, Yale's teams finished in second and fourth places. Team A, comprised of Kranjac, Rowe, Udeh and sophomore Dylan Hurley completed the race in 3:22.45. Yale team B, including Lindberg, Lundquist, McGowan and Shirvell finished in 3:24.43. In the shortest relay run in track and field, the 4x100-meter relay, Jones, Lindberg, Tolentino and Udeh competed as a team for the first time. The team completed the relay in 44.60.

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity