Distance Medley Relay Team Shines at Penn Relays

James Randon.
James Randon.

Randon Runs Anchor Leg in Top Time, Leads Elis to Sixth-Place Finish

PHILADELPHIA, Penn.—The Yale men's track and field team continued competition at the 120th annual Penn Relays on Friday, entering a team in the distance medley relay. The meet is one the world's most historic track and field competitions, and Friday's events took place in front of a crowd of 38,135 at Penn's Franklin Field.

The Bulldogs opened the day at 2:35 p.m., when the distance medley relay team of freshman Chandler Crusan, junior Michael Grace, sophomore Alexander McDonald and freshman James Randon finished sixth overall with a time of 9:55.10—the 13th-fastest distance medley relay time in school history. Grace started things off by running the 1,200-meter leg in 3:04.62, and the Elis were 10th in their section when Crusan took off for the 400-meter leg. Crusan's time of 49.80 in the leg was faster than any 400-meter time he had recorded all season. Next up was McDonald, who finished the 800-meter leg in 1:54.74. It was Randon, however, who stole the show, running a phenomenal 1,600-meter anchor leg of 4:05.96—the fastest of any of the 1,600-meter runners competing in the relay by more than a full second. His strong running moved Yale up from 11th place at the start of his leg to sixth at its end.

Randon has enjoyed an impressive outdoor season in his freshman year, compiling four top-five finishes. He appears to have become quite comfortable running races of similar distances to the 1,600-meter leg he ran on Friday, as he has specialized primarily in the 1,500-meters during the outdoor season after focusing on the mile run during the indoor season.

The Elis will wrap up the Penn Relays at 3:55 p.m. on Saturday, when senior team captain James Shirvell is slated to compete in the ultra-competitive Olympic Development Men's Mile Run.

Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity