Sullivan Takes Second in Pole Vault at Sam Howell

Brendan Sullivan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Brendan Sullivan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Meet to Continue on Saturday

PRINCETON, N.J.—The Yale men's track and field team opened competition at the annual Sam Howell Invitational on Friday. The meet, held at Princeton's Weaver Stadium, pits Yale against a massive field—around 1,000 athletes in total—that includes all seven of its Ivy League rivals. With most of the weekend's events scheduled for Saturday, the few Bulldogs who were slated to perform on Friday came out seeking to set the tone for the team this weekend.

Sophomore Brendan Sullivan did just that, continuing his strong season in the pole vault by placing second with a mark of 15'9" (4.80m). He fell just less than four inches (0.10m) shy of the first-place finisher, Binghamton's Joe Miceli. Friday's performance was an outdoor meet personal record for Sullivan—outdoing the measurement he recorded at the Shamrock Invitational two weekends ago—although it fell nearly eight inches (0.20m) shy of his overall record in the event.

The Elis' success continued in the 1,500-meter "elite race," where a pair of freshmen impressed amidst a talented field. James Randon (3:51.33) and Andre Ivankovic (3:56.65) placed fifth and ninth, respectively. Both were competing in the event for the first time at the collegiate level, after each ran the 800-meter race at the Shamrock Invitational—the Bulldog's outdoor season opener. Ivankovic and Randon are both slated to run the 800-meters again on Saturday, and Randon will be looking to record his third top-five finish in as many races this outdoor season. Meanwhile, eight additional Bulldogs will also compete in Saturday's 1,500-meter "open race"—a separate event from the "elite race" on Friday.

Freshman Dan Grosvenor and senior Ryan Laemel also took to the track on Friday in the 5,000-meter event. Laemel—the cross country team captain who was competing in the event for the first time since his sophomore track season—finished in 15:00.31, good enough for 35th place. Laemel's performance marked his second-fastest 5,000-meter outdoor track race in his impressive collegiate career. Grosvenor, for his part, finished 56th with a time of 15:40.61.

Finally, freshman Luke Persichetti represented Yale in the hammer throw on Friday. The Pennsylvania native recorded a personal record mark of 134'8" (41.05m), beating out the mar of 130'8" (39.83m) that he recorded at the Shamrock Invitational. Persichetti finished 25th overall in the event on Friday.

With Friday's events behind them, the Elis will now begin focusing on finishing the meet strong on Saturday. Saturday's events will begin around noon and wrap up around 6:00 p.m. Results will be available on after the conclusion of the meet.

Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity