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Sprinters Shine Against Harvard and Princeton

(photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)
(photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)

 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The men's track and field team placed third at the annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet held at Coxe Cage this weekend. Princeton took first, and Harvard claimed second. The meet, which pitted some of the best athletes in the Ivy League against each other, produced season-best times for many of the Bulldogs' sprinters. Though the Elis struggled to break into top-place finishes, the team's scoring was evenly spread across the events in which they competed.

Bulldog sprinters were strong in this meet, as they have been throughout the season. Freshman Vincent Vaughns, senior Marc-André Alexandre, and freshman Kyle Macauley took third, fourth and fifth place respectively in the 60-meter dash, separated by a total time of only .04 seconds. Alexandre set a new personal best in the event with his time of 6.93 seconds. Alexandre and Vaughns also competed in the 200-meters against each other, with Alexandre narrowly beating out Vaughns for second place by .1 seconds with a season-best time of 21.94 seconds. Vaughns placed third.  

Several other athletes scored for the Elis in track events. Junior Paedyn Gomes placed third in the 60-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 8.03 seconds. Sophomore Connor Hill took second in the 400 meters with a time of 49.88 seconds. Though many of the Bulldogs' distance runners did not race in this meet, those who did put points on the board for the team. Freshman James Lewis finished fourth in the mile run, and senior Tim Cox took fourth in the 1000 meters. Freshman Greg Moschella notched a fourth place finish in the 500 meters as well.

In the highly anticipated pole vault, which featured three of the Ivy League's best pole vaulters, sophomore Austin Laut took second place over Harvard's Ian West. Princeton's August Kiles, the 18th-ranked pole vaulter in the nation, placed first. Sophomore Jimmy Shih also scored five crucial points for the Bulldogs with a second-place finish in the triple jump and a third-place finish in the long jump. Finally, junior Mike Koller placed third in the high jump with a jump of 1.98 meters.

Facing their toughest competition of the season, the throwing squad had a less productive outing than they have been accustomed to thus far this season. Princeton's star thrower Adam Kelly handily won the weight throw with the longest throw in the IC4A/ECAC this season, and senior Luke Persichetti placed fourth in the event. Junior Jake Hoops added a fourth-place finish in the shot put.

Full results from this weekend's meet are available here. The Bulldogs will have another shot at victory on their home track next weekend, as they host the Giegengack Invitational at Coxe Cage on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3-4.

 

Report by Olivia Paschal '18, Yale Sports Publicity.