Dooney Runs 11th-Fastest 5,000-Meter Race in Yale History at Historic Penn Relays
Also Qualifies for IC4As, Sets New Personal Record, Places 11th Overall
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The Yale men's track and field team may have only had one athlete competing at the fabled Penn Relays on Thursday, but luckily for the Bulldogs, that one athlete was freshman Kevin Dooney.
The Penn Relays are one of the most highly anticipated competitions of the year for the Bulldogs. The annual meet features some of the world's most skilled athletes, attracts tens of thousands of spectators each day and is covered by major news outlets like ESPN. Dooney, however, did not seem daunted in his first ever Penn Relays, and he represented the Bulldogs well on Thursday, running a personal-best 14:26.52 in the 5,000-meter run and placing 11th overall. More impressively, though, Dooney recorded the 11th-fastest 5,000-meter time in Yale history and qualified for the IC4As for the first time this outdoor season. Dooney, who hails from Dublin, Ireland, finished just more than one second behind St. Joseph's Kevin McDonnell. Texas A&M's Henry Lelei won the race, finishing in 13:45.30.
Dooney's showing on Thursday was just another strong performance in what has been a striking freshman campaign. During the indoor season, Dooney placed second (8:29.26) in the 3,000-meter run against Dartmouth and Columbia, third (14:47.53) in the 5,000-meter run at the Giegengack Invitational, ninth (14:33.36) in the 5,000-meters at the Ivy League Championships and ninth (8:15.41) in the 3,000-meters at the IC4As. More recently, during the outdoor season, Dooney placed fifth (29:55.91) in the 10,000-meter run at the Sam Howell Invitational, running the fifth-fastest time in Yale history in the process.
In addition to Dooney, the Elis brought 10 other athletes to Philadelphia for the meet. The remaining Bulldogs will be competing over the course of Friday and Saturday, and they will be seeking to build off of Dooney's success on Thursday. A full schedule of events is available at http://pennrelaysonline.com/Results/schedule.aspx?l=CM. Results will be posted on www.yalebulldogs.com at the conclusion of both Friday and Saturday's events.
Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity