Levine, Lindberg and Shirvell Rewarded for Impressive Seasons
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The NCAA announced the qualifiers for the Division I men's Outdoor Championship East Regionals on Thursday, and three members of the Yale men's track and field team were among those selected. The Regionals serve as a preliminary round, and the top athletes at the competition will earn a chance to compete at the NCAA Championships.
Junior James Shirvell—the newly elected team captain for the 2013-2014 season who is slated to compete in the 1,500-meter run—is the only Bulldog to qualify in the track events. He earned his spot in prelims with a phenomenal effort in the 1,500-meter run last weekend at the Virginia Challenge. Shirvell (3:44.84) placed ninth at the meet, setting not only the fourth-fastest personal record in Yale history, but also the 20th-fastest season-best time of all athletes eligible for the East Regionals. Prior to the Virginia Challenge, Shirvell's best time of the year was a 3:47.63, which would have left him just barely on the outside looking in with regard to East Regional qualification. Fortunately, Shirvell—who has had a dominant season in the middle-distance events, recording three top-five finishes in the 1,500-meters—saved his best for last.
The Elis' second representative at Regionals will be senior Mike Levine. Throughout the past four years, Levine has established himself as one of the Bulldogs' all-time greats. A top performer in several of the throw events, Levine has made a name for himself in the discus throw, where he is a two-time Ivy League Champion and holds the second-best personal record in Yale history. It is that personal record—a toss of 182'5" (55.61m)—that earned Levine a spot in Regionals. Levine is no stranger to the NCAA Championships, having qualified for Regionals during each of the first three years of his career and making it all the way to the NCAA Championships as a junior. Levine will be seeking to cap his esteemed career off with a top performance at Regionals and, hopefully, the Championships.
The Bulldogs' third and final Regionals qualifier is junior Dana Lindberg, whose leap of 24'3.5" (7.40m) in his first-place long jump performance against Harvard just earned him a spot at Regionals. Lindberg—one of the Elis' most versatile athletes—has had an excellent season in the short sprints, relays and long jump, and ended the year by placing 11th in the long jump at Heps and 14th at the IC4As.
The East Regionals will take place May 23-25. Full results will be available on www.yalebulldogs.com.
Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity