NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The men's track and field team will travel to Boston University on Saturday to compete in the David Hemery Valentine Invitational. This will be the Bulldogs' first meet away from Coxe Cage since mid-January, and it is their last meet before the indoor Heps on Feb. 25. The invitational is one of the biggest events in which the Bulldogs will compete this season, attracting hundreds of collegiate and professional athletes from schools around the country. It will be their biggest test of the season, but given the high level at which the team has been competing so far this season, we can expect strong showings from the team in many events.
Freshmen Kyle Macauley and Vincent Vaughns, who have consistently raced at the top of their game this season, will be athletes to watch in what will be the biggest meet of their college careers thus far. Vaughns' specialties are the 200-meter dash and the 60-meter dash, which he placed first in at last weekend's meet. Macauley placed second in the 60-meter dash last weekend, just behind Vaughns, and is entered in the 200 this weekend.
Senior captain Marc-Andre Alexandre is also entered in the 200-meter dash and is the likely favorite for the Bulldogs. At the last meet in which Alexandre competed, Harvard-Yale-Princeton, he placed second in the event and Vaughns took third. Alexandre did not race individually at this meet last season, competing only in the 4x400 relay. If he races this weekend, look for him to set personal bests or even Yale records leading up to Heps.
Also keep an eye on the Elis' distance runners at this meet. Seniors Andre Ivankovic and James Randon put together the two fastest mile times that the Bulldogs have seen so far this season last weekend. Randon is entered in the 3,000-meter run at the David Hemery Invitational. At this meet last season, Randon ran a 4:00.53 mile to set what was then a Yale record. He also holds the current Yale record of 3:58.85.
Elsewhere on the track, look for sophomore Austin Laut to be in the running for a top-place finish in the pole vault. Laut placed first in the pole vault last weekend with a vault of 5.18 meters, a height which has historically been competitive at this meet. Junior hurdler Paedyn Gomes, who finished fifth in this meet last season, will be looking for similar results at this year's competition. The throwers were also successful at this meet last season - senior Luke Persichetti and junior Jake Hoops placed in the top ten in the shot put and weight throw respectively. Over the course of this season, their throws have shown consistent improvement, and they hope to repeat last year's performance.
Report by Olivia Paschal '18, Yale Sports Publicity