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Shirvell Runs With Country’s Best at 120th Penn Relays

James Shirvell. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
James Shirvell. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Senior Team Captain Competes in Olympic Development Mile Run

PHILADELPHIA, Penn.—The Yale men's track and field team wrapped up its performance at the 120th annual Penn Relays in exciting fashion on Saturday afternoon, as senior James Shirvell competed with some of the country's top athletes in the Olympic Development Men's Mile Run. Saturday was day three of the historic meet, and a crowd of 49,103 was in attendance at Penn's Franklin Field to witness the final events.

Shirvell ran a strong race on Saturday, placing seventh overall with a time of 4:02.38. The time—converted to a 1,500-meter length—may be enough to earn him a spot at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round, which feeds into the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships. Penn sophomore Thomas Awad finished first in the event with a time of 3:58.34.

Competing alongside Shirvell on Saturday were several of the best middle-distance runners the country has to offer—most of whom are older than Shirvell and members of professional track associations or endorsed by athletic companies. Those in Saturday's field included the likes of New Jersey New York Track Club's Mike Rutt (who placed second at last year's Olympic Development Mile Run at the Penn Relays) and New Jersey New York Track Club's Liam Boylan-Pett (who competed in the United States Olympic Trials in 2012). Shirvell beat out Adidas' Robby Andrews—the winner of the 800-meter run at the 2011 NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships.

Following Shirvell's impressive showing on Saturday, the Bulldogs will now shift their focus to the Yale Springtime Invitational, which they are hosting at their own Dewitt Cuyler Athletic Complex on Sunday.

Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity