Bulldogs in 19th at End of Day Two
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—After senior Matthew Thwaites' fifth-place finish on Friday, the Yale men's track and field team continued competition at the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships on Saturday, ending the day in 19th place. With senior Mike Levine leading the way, the Bulldogs put together several solid performances. The IC4As will conclude on Sunday, but the Elis have finished competing in all their events already, and they will now begin preparations for the remainder of the postseason.
Levine starred for the Bulldogs, placing eighth in the discus throw. His toss of 168'5" (51.34m) was not his best of the season, but it was good enough to add a point to the Elis' overall team tally. Levine has been on a roll lately, placing second in the discus throw and third in the hammer throw at Heps last weekend. Last season, Levine took first in the discus at Heps and third at the IC4As, before going on to compete at the NCAA East Regionals and NCAA Championships. His personal record of 182'5" (55.61m) from Heps last weekend puts him in excellent position to return to the NCAA East Regionals again this season, with a chance to improve on last season's performance and compete in the NCAA Championships again in his final college season.
Meanwhile, junior Dana Lindberg—competing in the first IC4As of his career—continued his strong season with a 14th-place finish in the long jump, thanks to his leap of 22'4.5" (6.82m). He was just more than one foot away from scoring for the Bulldogs. Lindberg set his personal record in the long jump (24'3.5"—7.4m) earlier this season against Harvard, and he has a good chance to qualify for the NCAA East Regionals in two weeks, currently holding the 36th-best mark among all eligible athletes.
Sophomore William Rowe was the final Bulldog to compete in an individual event. Rowe has been the Elis' star in the 400-meter hurdles all season, and he competed in prelims in the event on Saturday. Rowe ran a 55.22 to cap off his impressive second-year campaign. He set his personal record in the event (53.73) at the Yale Springtime Invitational a couple weekends ago, knocking more than two seconds off his time from his freshman year.
The Elis also competed in two relay events on Saturday. In the 4x100 meter relay, the team of Lindberg, sophomore Dylan Hurley, junior Daniel Jones, and junior Nnamdi Udeh ran a 42.91, placing 24th overall. While Jones, Udeh and Lindberg run the short sprints individually too, Hurley has been the Elis' 400-meter dash specialist this season—despite frequently running the 4x100 meter relay as a second event. These four athletes have had a strong year running the 4x100 relay together, posting a season-best 42.06 at Heps last weekend.
By contrast, the Bulldogs sent out a new, first-time team in the 4x800 meter relay. The squad of sophomore Michael Grace, freshman Alexander McDonald, senior Michael Pierce and sophomore Isa Qasim—refusing to let any inexperience or rust show—ran a 7:53.12. All four runners do have experience running the middle-distance events individually, and Qasim has had an especially strong season. He qualified for IC4A competition in a longer event, the 5,000-meter run, and finished 25th (14:54.78) on Friday.
With all of their eligible athletes having finished their IC4A events, the Elis will not be competing on Sunday—the final day of IC4A competition. Instead, a couple select Bulldogs will rest up for the NCAA East Regionals, slated for May 23-25.
Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity