Alexandre Wins 400-Meter Dash, Randon Wins the 1,500; Team Places Sixth
PRINCETON, N.J.—The Yale men's track and field team wrapped up the Outdoor Ivy League Track and Field Championships on Sunday. Juniors Marc-Andre Alexandre and James Randon led the team with wins in their respective events. Overall, the team tied Harvard for sixth place with 46 points, while Cornell won the meet with 211 points.
Alexandre placed first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.02, earning 10 points for the Elis. He is currently ranked 42nd in the East Division with his outdoor personal best of 46.99 from earlier this season. With just a week left before the qualifying deadline, Alexandre needs to remain in the top 48 in the division to qualify to the NCAA East Preliminary Round.
Randon won the 1,500-meter run by just two-hundredths of a second. His winning time of 3:56.99 was split extremely unevenly. He ran the penultimate 400 meters in 1:04.2, but ran the final 400 meters in under 52.3 seconds. This performance demonstrates Randon's speed as he heads into the NCAA Prelims. With his personal best of 3:40.15 still holding strong as the fifth-fastest in the East Division this season, he will likely be focusing now on running well in the East Prelims to secure a spot at the NCAA Division I Championships.
Senior Duncan Tomlin placed fifth in his final race at the Ivy League Championships. He scored two points for the Elis with a time of 8:58.40. His personal best still ranks him within the top 20 in the East Division, making his qualification to the NCAA East Prelims very likely. With just a couple races left as a collegiate athlete, Tomlin will be training to ensure that the East Prelims is not his final race as a Bulldog, but rather the National Championships in Eugene, Ore.
Sophomore Paedyn Gomes placed third in his event, the 110-meter hurdles. While his time of 14.28 is slightly off his personal best, his performance on Sunday marks his strongest finish at the Ivy League Championships of his collegiate career thus far. He is now ranked 40th in the East Division in this event.
Alexandre and Gomes also competed on the 4x100-meter relay team. Joined by freshmen Connor Hill and Alex McIntyre, the team placed fourth with a time of 41.19. This marks the fastest relay of this distance by a Yale team this season and the 10th fastest in Yale history.
Alexandre, Hill and McIntyre were joined by senior Alexander McDonald in the 4x400-meter relay. They placed second overall with a time of 3:13.03, less than a second behind the first-place team.
After racing in the preliminary heats of the 1,500-meter run on Saturday, junior Andre Ivankovic raced in the 5,000-meter run on Sunday. He placed 11th, with a personal-best time of 14:40.07. Now Ivankovic has met the IC4A qualifying standard in both the 1,500 and 5,000-meter runs, so he has options heading into that championship meet beginning on May 14. In fact, every track athlete who competed on Sunday qualified to the IC4A Championship in their respective events.
In the field events, sophomore Jake Hoops led the way with an 11th-place mark in the shot put. After setting a personal best in the discus on Saturday, he set another personal best in the shot put on Sunday with his throw of 15.42m. Junior Luke Persichetti followed in 13th with a mark of 15.02m. Like Hoops, sophomore Mike Koller placed 11th in the high jump with a mark of 1.97m. Freshman Jimmy Shih rounded out the field team on Sunday. He placed 12th in the triple jump with a season-best jump of 14.22m. Unfortunately, all of these marks narrowly missed the respective qualifying standards necessary in order to be eligible to compete at the IC4A Championships.
Full results can be found here. The IC4A Championships begin on May 14.
Report by Joseph Battles '18, Yale Sports Publicity