PHILADELPHIA - The Yale men's track and field team wrapped up the first day of competition earlier today at the 2018 Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Championships. Today featured mostly semifinal rounds of athletes competing to qualify for tomorrow's final rounds, where points will be awarded to the top six finishers in each event. The hammer throw, javelin throw, long jump, pole vault and 10,000m run were the only finals contested today. Austin Laut was the Bulldogs' sole scorer with his fifth-place finish in the pole vault, earning the team two points.
Full List of Qualifiers:
Vincent Vaughns – 100m dash (10.68), 200m dash (21.35)
Paedyn Gomes – 200m dash (21.67), 110mH
Ekrem Ayhan – 400m dash (48.11)
Trevor Reinhart – 1500m run (3:50.29)
Allen Siegler – 1500m run (3:52.05)
On the track, the Bulldogs will be absent from only two finals tomorrow, as they qualified at least one athlete in the majority of the events. Vaughns won his heat of the 100m dash, advancing himself to tomorrow. His time of 10.68 is the fourth fastest seed going into the final. Kyle Macauley and Alex Young also competed in the 100m dash trials, placing 12th and 17th, respectively.
Vaughns returned to the track to take on the 200m dash preliminaries, charging from behind nearly to take first in his heat, but qualifying nonetheless with the third fastest time leading into tomorrow's final. Gomes, after receiving the news that he will compete in the finals of the 110mH tomorrow, joined Vaughns as a qualifier for the 200m dash finals. Gomes' time of 21.67 was the seventh fastest of the semifinals. Macauley, Connor Hill and Alex McIntyre also competed in the 200m dash trials, finishing ninth, 17th and 22nd, respectively.
Ayhan secured a qualifying mark in the second heat of the 400m dash, and will be going into tomorrow as the seventh seed for the final. Gregory Campbell, Jr., also competed in the 400m dash preliminaries, placing 14th.
Michael Yuan, Austin Stoner, James Lewis and Cameron Wyman competed in the 800m run, placing 15th, 16th, 18th and 19th, respectively. In his final Heps race as a Bulldog, Yuan set a new personal record of 1:53.12.
Reinhart ensured the rest of the field in the 1500m run trials that he meant business today, taking control of the first heat early in the race and maintaining his position through the finish line. Reinhart is going to be entering tomorrow's final with the top seed of 3:50.29, joined by teammate Siegler who rocketed from ninth to fourth in the last lap of his heat to secure a spot in the final. Thomas Gmür, with the eighth fastest time of the field and six final qualifiers slower than him in the prelims, will have to sit out of the 1500m run finals after having placed eighth in his heat and missing out on a qualifying bid. Will Laird and Armstrong Noonan placed 16th and 19th, respectively, in the 1500m run trials.
Jackson Chapman set a new personal record of 55.99 in the 400mH semifinals, placing 14th in his first ever Ivy Heps race. Charlie Gardner set a new personal record in the 10,000m run of 31:55.11, placing 17th.
In the field events, the Bulldogs performed well, led by Laut's fifth-place finish in the pole vault. Jimmy Shih and Carl Mansson placed 16th and 17th, respectively, in the long jump. Andrew Rochon competed in the hammer throw, placing 14th in his first outdoor Heps.
Captain Paedyn Gomes on today's performance: "It was good to get a bunch of guys in the finals and to get a few points from Austin. I think tomorrow it really just depends on everyone executing their races individually and cheering each other on. We just need to take the time to get ready and get rid of any distractions tonight and tomorrow morning so we don't come out flat tomorrow."
100m and 200m qualifier Vincent Vaughns on his effort today and what's in store for the rest of the team tomorrow: "I'm feeling pretty good. My prelims weren't quite as fast as I would have liked but I'm excited to come lay it down in day two. I believe the team just needs to refocus tonight and come out and leave it all on the line."
Austin Laut on scoring the first points for the Bulldogs and what their potential is: "Today's finish was great to score for the team and represent the Y. Although, I would've loved to jump higher, it's always an honor to be on such a supportive team and give it my all. I know that we have some strong athletes to show out tomorrow in their events and I think it will be important to give it our all every step of the way."
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity