April 26, 2013

Levine Places 11th in Discus Championship at Celebrated Penn Relays

Lindberg Competes in Two Events, Places Sixth in Long Jump's Eastern Division

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—After freshman Kevin Dooney's strong performance in the 5,000-meter run on Thursday, the Yale men's track and field team continued to show off its star athletes at the historic Penn Relays on Friday. Performing in front of tens of thousands of spectators and against many of the world's best athletes, the Bulldogs made their presence felt in Philadelphia on the second day of the Penn Relays, registering a few impressive marks.

In his fourth and final Penn Relays as a college athlete, senior Mike Levine placed 11th in the discus throw championships. Levine, the reigning Ivy League champ in the event, recorded a distance of 173'7" (52.92m), his third-best throw of the season. Levine has dominated the discus throughout the season; coming into this weekend, he had competed in the event four times and placed first three times. His toss on Friday was not far short of his personal-best mark of 178'6" (54.41m), which he actually set in a third-place showing at the Penn Relays as a freshman. As he winds up his collegiate career over the next several weeks, Levine will seek to continue his success in the discus and perhaps break his discus personal record one last time. Rutgers' James Plummer won the event with a throw of 194'3" (59.23m).

Levine was not the only Eli to continue his hot streak on Friday. Junior Dana Lindberg, also coming off a string of top-notch performances during the past couple weeks, placed sixth (23'.5"—7.02m) in the long jump eastern division on Friday. As of a few weeks ago, that mark would have been a new personal record for Lindberg, but he recorded a leap of 24'3.5" (7.40m) against Harvard on April 13. Despite placing sixth, Lindberg's leap was just 4.25" (0.11m) shy of the mark of Hampton's Emmanuel Price, who placed third overall.

Lindberg was a busy man on Friday, also competing in the 4x100-meter relay heats along with sophomore Dylan Hurley, junior Daniel Jones and sophomore William Rowe. Despite missing out on qualifying for any of the championship heats, the Bulldogs' relay team finished in 42.97, the best 4x100-meter relay time Yale has posted this season. In fact, the team fell just less than half a second shy of qualifying for the IC4As and finished less than four seconds behind the first-place finishers: UTech, a Jamaican university. Jones, Lindberg and Rowe were also members of the 4x100-meter relay team that posted a 43.01 earlier this season.

The four relay team members each generally specialize in different events: Hurley in the 400-meter dash, Jones in the 100-meter dash, Lindberg in the long jump and 200-meter dash and Rowe in the 400-meter hurdles. On Friday, however, with the exception of Lindberg, all team members were able to focus all their attention on the relay—and it showed in their impressive time.

Several more Bulldogs will get the chance to build on Yale's success on Saturday, as the Penn Relays come to a close. Levine will compete in the hammer throw, while the team of senior Timothy Hillas, sophomore John McGowan, sophomore Matt Nussbaum and junior James Shirvell will run the 4xMile relay. 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 end of the day.

Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity