Star Duo to Run at Prestigious Meet
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—While the other members of the Yale men's track and field team compete in Princeton, N.J., this weekend, sophomore Kevin Dooney, senior James Shirvell and sophomore Duncan Tomlin will fly to California to compete at the 30th annual Stanford Invitational.
Coaches decided to enter the trio in the meet due to its prestigious reputation and extremely competitive and talented field. This year's event, held at Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field, is bringing together teams from 114 four-year colleges, in addition to a variety of high school and community colleges. All together, more than 3,000 athletes will compete in Stanford this Friday and Saturday. Four of the top five ranked outdoor track teams in the country—Arkansas, Florida State, Oregon and Texas A&M—will be competing at the meet, as will other top teams like Baylor, Penn State, Texas, Texas Tech and UCLA and Ivy League rivals Columbia, Cornell and Princeton.
Dooney's, Shirvell's and Tomlin's events will all take place on Friday. Shirvell will run the 1,500-meter race, the same event that he qualified for and competed in at last year's NCAA Division I National Championships. Shirvell dominated the 1,500-meters for most of last season, breaking Yale's school record in the event (with a remarkable time of 3:41.09) and even qualifying for the USA Track & Field Championships. Having not competed in the 2014 outdoor season thus far, Shirvell will be seeking to continue last season's success when he takes to the track on Friday.
Dooney will also be competing in arguably his best outdoor event on Friday: the 10,000-meter race. The Dublin, Ireland, native secured the fifth-fastest 10,000-meter personal record in Yale history as a freshman last season by running an impressive 29:55.91—the fastest time recorded in the event by a Yale runner in more than 20 years. Dooney has only improved this year, putting together one of the best individual cross country seasons in Yale history (becoming just the sixth Bulldog to qualify for the Division I NCAA National Championships since 1991) and setting personal records in the 5,000-meter and 3,000-meter runs (the first and second fastest times in the events, respectively, in Yale history). Dooney will hope to rewrite Yale's record books yet again in Stanford.
Tomlin, meanwhile, will take part in the 3,000-meter steeplechase after emerging as Yale's specialist in the event during the 2013 outdoor season. He set his personal record in the event in his final race of the season -- the 2013 outdoor Ivy League Heptagonal Championships -- and ran well enough during the most recent cross country and indoor seasons to bring his coaches to send him to the ultra-competitive Stanford Invitational this weekend. Tomlin will be hoping to continue to improve on the track after setting 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter personal records and placing first in the longer of the two events at the Giegengack Invitational during an impressive 2013-2014 indoor campaign.
Friday's action will open at 1:40 p.m. EST and conclude after 2:00 a.m. EST the following day. A full schedule of events is available here, and live results will be available here throughout the weekend. A full recap will be available on www.yalebulldogs.com after all of the opening day's events have been completed. The meet will also be streamed live at Flotrack.org.
Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity