13 Bulldogs, Two Relay Teams, Eligible for Second Postseason Meet
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—One week after performing well at the outdoor Ivy League Heptagonal Championships at Princeton, the Bulldogs are headed back to Princeton's Weaver Stadium—this time for the outdoor Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships. 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 throughout the year. Overall, 13 Bulldogs, along with two relay teams, have qualified for the meet, although the Yale coaching staff has not yet finalized who will be competing this weekend. Most of the Bulldogs' top athletes should, however, be in action in their best events this weekend as the Elis seek to make their presence felt among some of the top athletes and schools in the region.
The Bulldogs will likely enter their largest fields in the 1,500-meter and 5,000-meter runs, where they have a total of seven athletes qualified. Senior team captain Timothy Hillas and sophomore Matt Nussbaum are qualified in both events, but each will likely only run one of the two this weekend. Hillas qualified for the 5,000-meters by running a 14:17.84—the sixth-fastest personal record in Yale history—at the Raleigh Relays earlier this year, and he qualified for the 1,500-meters through a converted mile time from the indoor season. Nussbaum ran a 14:27.13, also at the Raleigh Relays, to qualify for the 5,000-meters and qualified for the 1,500-meters with a 3:50.67 against Harvard.
Other names to look out for in the 1,500-meters include junior James Shirvell, the recently elected team captain for the 2013-2014 season. He improved his personal record by nearly four seconds this season and is coming off a sixth-place showing at Heps. Shirvell is also qualified for the 800-meter run, thanks to his season-best time of 1:51.34 against Harvard. Sophomore John McGowan is also eligible to run the event, and he has been one of the Elis' middle-distance aces all year long.
Apart from Hillas and Nussbaum, freshman Kevin Dooney, senior Kevin Lunn and sophomore Isa Qasim are possibilities in the 5,000-meter run. Dooney, who hails from Ireland, has quickly become one of the Bulldogs' young stars this season, dominating the long-distance events. Qasim, meanwhile, qualified for the IC4As at the last possible moment, with a 14:35.01 at Heps.
Dooney is also qualified in the 10,000-meter run, and he holds the 10th-fastest personal record in Yale history—a 29:55.91 he ran at the Sam Howell Invitational. A pair of seniors—Demetri Goutos and Matthew Thwaites—are also qualified in the event and hope to do some damage in the last IC4As of their careers.
Sophomore William Rowe is likely to turn some heads in the 400-meter hurdles—an event he has excelled in throughout the season. He decreased his personal record time by more than two seconds (to 53.73) this season, recorded three first-place finishes, and is coming off a seventh-place finish at Heps.
The Elis have only qualifier in the sprints but should still be represented well by the efforts of junior Dana Lindberg, who is qualified in the 200-meter dash. He has recorded five top-10 finishes and set a personal record (21.90) in the 200-meter dash this outdoor season. Lindberg is also qualified in the long jump, due to the personal record of 24'3.5" (7.40m) that he set against Harvard—far and away the best mark of his career.
The Bulldogs also figure to perform well in the other field events. Senior Mike Levine was recently named to the All-Ivy Second Team due to his second-place finish in the discus throw at Heps, in which he set a new personal record (182'5"—55.61m). Levine also placed third in the hammer throw at Heps, capping off a solid all-around weekend for the veteran. Levine, the Ivy League discus champ during both his sophomore and junior years, competed in the discus at last year's IC4As, placing third.
Junior pole vaulter Paul Chandler is the final field athlete qualified for the Bulldogs. Despite seeing limited action during the outdoor season, his personal record of 15'9"(4.80m) at the Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet during the indoor season makes him a possibility to compete this weekend. Chandler dominated during the indoor season, placing in the top five at every meet he entered, with the exception of the indoor IC4As, where he placed ninth.
The Elis have also qualified in both the 4x100 and 4x800 meter relays—both via their times at Heps this past weekend. Although it has not yet been determined who will compete in the relay events, based on this season's performances, it seems likely that some combination of Lindberg, Rowe, sophomore Dylan Hurley, junior Daniel Jones and junior Nnamdi Udeh will run the 4x100 meter event. Meanwhile, the 4x800 meter could include Hillas, McGowan, Nussbaum, Shirvell, senior Sam Kirtner or senior Michael Pierce.
The Bulldogs will begin this weekend's action on Friday night with the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter runs. Competition will continue on Saturday with prelims in the track events and finals in the discus throw, hammer throw, long jump and pole vault. Finally, the meet will conclude on Sunday with finals in the track events and remaining field events. A full schedule of events can be found at http://www.lancertiming.com/ic4a/schedboth.htm, and results will be available at www.yalebulldogs.com at the end of each day of the meet.
Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity