Three Stars Recognized for their Performances On and Off the Track
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—At the Yale men's track and field team's annual banquet on Tuesday, three of the Bulldogs' most accomplished stars—senior Mike Levine, junior Dana Lindberg and junior James Shirvell—received honors recognizing their hard work and personal achievements this year.
Shirvell received the Gardner Millet Memorial Trophy—a distinction celebrating an "outstanding member of the Men's Track and Field Team who excels in Sportsmanship, Courage, and Inspiration." The award is presented each year in memory of Gardner Millet, Jr., '38. Shirvell, who was also elected team captain at the banquet, has certainly led by example this season. The middle-distance star has risen to regional dominance, recording eight top-five finishes during the indoor season alone before placing first in prelims and third overall in the 1,000-meter run at the Ivy League Championships. Shirvell has been equally impressive thus far during the outdoor season, totaling three first-place finishes and improving his personal record in the 1,500-meter run by nearly four seconds to 3:47.63. He placed sixth in the 1,500-meter run at the Ivy League Championships and will likely be competing in the event again at the IC4As.
Levine, meanwhile, was given the James Stack '61 Award, which is bestowed annually upon an athlete who best personifies Jim Stack, the captain of the 1961 Yale squad that won the Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet, the Ivy League Championships and the IC4As all in the same season. Levine has had another phenomenal year for the Elis. He has yet to place lower than fourth in either the discus or hammer throw during the outdoor season, and he has eight first-place finishes on the year. This year alone, he has competed at Heps in three separate events: the weight throw (in which he placed eighth), hammer throw (third) and discus (second). He was recently named to the All-Ivy Second Team after setting a personal record of 182'5" (55.61m) at Heps. In his final collegiate season, Levine will be seeking to continue his streak of top-level performances through the IC4As next weekend, where he will likely be competing in both the discus and hammer throw.
Finally, Lindberg—one of the Elis' more versatile athletes—received the Lee Calhoun Award, presented annually to an "outstanding member of the Men's and Women's Track and Field Team who excels in Sprinting and/or Hurdling." Calhoun was the head coach of the Yale men's track team from 1975 to 1980 and was also a two-time Olympic medalist and former world record holder in the 110-meter hurdles. Lindberg, both a long jumper and short sprinter, was given the award primarily due to his strong 200-meter dash results this year. He competed in the event twice during the indoor season, placing third at Yale-Dartmouth-Columbia and then improving on that time at the Terrier Classic. In addition to recording five top-10 finishes and setting a personal record (21.90) in the 200-meter dash during the outdoor season, Lindberg has been a fixture in the Elis' relay plans, leading the Bulldogs to a first-place showing in the 4x400 relay against Harvard and to a pair of sixth-place finishes in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays at Heps.
Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity