NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The men's track and field team hosted the 35th Annual Yale Collegiate Invitational this weekend at Coxe Cage, competing against a field that included Central Connecticut, Sacred Heart, Marist, and the University of New Haven. Though the Bulldogs fielded only a select group of athletes, choosing to sit most in preparation for the first Ivy League meet next weekend at Columbia, everyone who competed placed near the top of their respective events.
The Elis had only one track athlete in competition at the meet. Senior Austin Puleo placed second in the 500-meter run with a time of 1:07.33, only two-tenths of a second away from the first place time. The coaches again chose to sit the Bulldogs' distance runners, giving them another week to recover from cross country and prepare for the stretch of the indoor season.
Sophomore Austin Laut placed first in the pole vault with a vault of 4.80 meters, the same as his winning vault at the Yale Season Opener meet. His solid start to the indoor season makes him an athlete to watch as the Bulldogs move into Ivy League competition next weekend.
The throwing corps for the Bulldogs were again out in full force at this weekend's meet. Senior Luke Persichetti placed first in the shot put with a throw of 15.28 meters, while junior Jacob Hoops placed third. Sacred Heart's Christian Turner took second place in the event. Sophomore Marcus Laut also took first place in the weight throw at 16.21 meters, rounding out the small Yale squad's dominance in the throwing events. The Bulldogs' throwers look to be a consistent source of points throughout the season.
The Elis' next competition will be next weekend on Friday, Jan. 20 at Columbia, where they will compete against Columbia and Dartmouth. The following weekend, on Jan. 29, they will return to Coxe Cage for the Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet.
Full results for this weekend's meet are available here.
Report by Olivia Paschal '18, Yale Sports Publicity