BOSTON, Ma. - Senior James Randon placed first in the 3000-meter run today at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational, leading a highly successful Bulldog effort at the meet. The invitational provided the toughest competition of the season for the men's track and field team, but the Elis flexed their muscles and came away with high finishes in several events. The strong performances this weekend provide the Bulldogs with significant momentum heading into Heps on Feb. 25.
Randon's 8:03.80 finish in the 3000 meters was followed by fellow senior Andre Ivankovic, who placed sixth in the event with a time of 8:08.83. These are extraordinarily high finishes against a field of 171 competitors, and Randon seems to be in top shape heading into his final indoor Heps competition.
Sophomore Austin Laut, facing off against over 40 competitors in the pole vault, leapt to a second-place finish with a vault of 5.10 meters, consistent with his performance throughout the season.
Senior captain Marc-Andre Alexandre ran a season-best 21.53 seconds in the 200-meter dash on his way to a third-place finish in the event. Freshman Vincent Vaughns, who has been running toe-to-toe with Alexandre all season, placed 22nd with a time of 22.00 seconds. Alexandre was also instrumental in the Bulldogs' third-place finish in the 4x400 relay, accompanied by sophomore Connor Hill, senior Chandler Crusan, and sophomore Gregory Campbell. They finished the race in 3:14.89, a nearly five second improvement over the last time the Bulldogs fielded a team. This was the first time that Alexandre has joined the 4x400 relay team this season, and his presence seems to have provided a spark for the Bulldogs.
In the 60-meter hurdles, junior Paedyn Gomes ran away with another third-place finish for the Elis with a time of 8.13 seconds. He will be a key athlete to watch as the team heads into indoor championship season in the next few weeks, as will junior Jake Hoops. Hoops placed sixth in the shot put, his best event, this weekend, with a throw of 16.71 meters.
Full results from today's meet are available here. The Bulldogs' next meet is the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships from Feb. 25-Feb. 26 at Columbia. A full preview, including a list of Bulldog qualifiers, will be available before the meet.
Report by Olivia Paschal '18, Yale Sports Publicity.