Alexandre and Lindberg Build on Strong Indoor Seasons
NEW HAVEN, Conn.— Several members of the Yale men's track and field team took part in day one of the 10th annual Giegengack Invitational, held at Yale's Coxe Cage on Friday. The opening day of the annual meet—which brought together teams from a range of both in-state and regional schools—witnessed the completion of the high jump; long jump; weight throw; 200-meter dash; 5,000-meter run and distance medley relay. All other events were held on Saturday.
Senior Dana Lindberg started off this year's meet in impressive fashion, placing first in the long jump with a mark of 23'1.75" (7.05m)—his best performance in official competition since last April. More importantly, though, Lindberg's performance earned him a spot at the IC4A Championships, held in March. Interestingly, Lindberg actually fouled on four of his six attempts, but he made his fifth jump count, tying the second-best leap of his career.
In the 200-meter dash, meanwhile, freshman Marc-Andre Alexandre (22.16) likewise took home a first-place finish, recording his second-fastest time in the event this season. Alexandre has arguably been the Elis' top performer in his debut season, excelling in the 60-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter dashes, in addition to the 4x400 meter relay.
The Bulldogs entered 10 runners in Friday's 200-meter dash altogether. Senior Daniel Jones (22:48) placed third overall, recording the same exact time that he did two weeks ago at the Terrier Invitational in Boston. Other notable performers included senior Nnamdi Udeh (22.89), junior Dylan Hurley (23.08) and freshman Torren Peebles (23:10), who finished seventh, ninth, and 10th, respectively, in the event.
The Bulldogs also entered three runners in the 5,000-meter run—an event the team had only encountered once this season before Friday. Sophomore Duncan Tomlin (14:57.40) recorded the Elis' third first-place finish of the day, while freshman Dan Grosvenor (15:19.50) and junior Alec Borsook (15:47.54) finished third and seventh, respectively.
Finally, in the distance medley relay, the team of junior Michael Grace, sophomore John Mahoney, junior Alexander McDonald and junior Matt Nussbaum finished in 10:16.50, taking fourth place and running just quickly enough to qualify for the IC4As.
Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity
This meet is named in honor of legendary Yale track and field coach Bob Giegengack. In his 29 years at Yale, the USA Track and Field Hall of Famer led the Elis to 183 victories, four IC4A titles and 13 outdoor and four indoor Heptagonal championships. Teacher, coach, philosopher, tireless storyteller and international leader in track and field, Giegengack spent more than 40 fruitful, exciting years in a career he loved. Helping talented young people to excel—both in their sport and in their studies—met his highest ideals. He trained his athletes, encouraged them and taught them strategies for success, always with the goal of mens sana in corpore sano—"a healthy mind in a healthy body." He demanded the best effort possible from each athlete, not just for the sake of individual achievement, but also for the good of the team. Beginning with his high school students at Brooklyn Prep, then at Fordham and Yale, and even as an Olympic coach in Melbourne (1956) and Tokyo (1964), "Gieg" worked to fulfill his personal ideals as a teacher, mentor and competitor. After his retirement in 1976, he coached Yale's first women's track and field team. The Giegengack legacy of talent, devotion and high ideals lives on at Yale today.