James Shirvell
James Shirvell
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Mystic, Conn.
High School: Robert E. Fitch
Position: Middle Distance
Major: Environmental studies
Residential College: Morse

Yale PRs

800m 1:51.14

1000m 2:23.85

1500m 3:44.84

Mile 4:00.54

High School PRs

800m 1:56.98

1000m 2:32.87

1600m 4:20.79

2013-2014: Served as track and field captain...Set school mile run record in third-place finish at Terrier Invitational...Finished seventh in Olympic Development Mile Run at Penn Relays...Qualified for outdoor NCAA East Preliminary Round in 1,500-meters...Placed second in mile at H-Y-P meet...Finished fifth in mile run final at indoor Heps...Placed first in 800-meters against Harvard...Placed fourth in 1,500-meter final at outdoor Heps...Member of 4x800-meter relay team at outdoor IC4As...Co-recipient of Jim Stack Award.

2012-2013: Emerged as regional middle-distance star...Qualified for NCAA Championships in 1,500-meters by breaking Yale record in event at East Regionals...Qualified for USA Track and Field Championships...Recorded six first-place finishes...Placed first in the 1,000-meters at the Giegengack Invitational...Finished second in the mile at H-Y-P...Ran the 1,000-meters at Heps, placing first in prelims and third in the finals...Ran the 800-meters at the indoor IC4As...Finished first in the 800-meters against Harvard and second against Oxford and Cambridge...Qualified for the 1,500-meter finals at Heps, placing second in prelims and sixth overall...Gardner Millet Memorial Trophy recipient.

2011-2012: Returned from surgery to have a standout season…Ran a PR in the 1500-meter run to win the Yale Springtime Invitational…Won the 800-meter run at the Yale Season Opener; second at the Harvard-Yale dual…Set a PR in the 800-meter run at outdoor Heps (13th place)…Qualified for IC4As in the 800-meter run and as a member of the 4x800-meter relay.

2010-2011: At outdoor IC4As, ended with season best in 800m run and competed in 4x800m … Competed in 800m run and anchored 4x800m relay to sixth-place finish at outdoor Heps … Ran on DMR team that won college division at Penn Relays, setting No. 6 all-time Yale outdoor record … Placed fourth in 800m at Harvard-Yale … Set Yale indoor freshman records in 800m and 1000m…Earned All-East Honors on distance medley relay at indoor IC4As … Also earned All-Ivy Honors for runner-up in 1000m at indoor Heps and distance medley relay … Won 800m at Dartmouth-Columbia and mile at season opener.

High School: All-New England and All-State …  All-Eastern Connecticut Conference for track and field … Helped team to ECC Indoor Track Championship in 2010 … Captain and MVP of outdoor and indoor track, soccer teams.

Personal: Morse College … Interested in premed and research.

Why I chose Yale: “Once I got accepted, there was no other choice. I wanted to compete at the highest level and I wanted to receive the best possible education. I knew that I had to come here, because only at Yale would I become a better athlete, student, and individual.”