NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's track and field team will be split across two separate meets this weekend: West Point Twilight set for Thursday and the ICAAAA Championships set for Friday through Sunday, hosted by Princeton. In past years for the Bulldogs, West Point Twilight has produced some of the fastest times of the season for middle distance and distance runners, as it is usually the last chance for them to secure qualifying marks for the NCAA East Preliminary Round. The ICAAAA Championships are traditionally very competitive, making it opportune for a final chance at NCAA East Preliminary qualification as well.
West Point Twilight
Eight Bulldogs are slated to compete at West Point late Thursday evening, starting with CJ McCord in the high jump, following the women's high jump, which will begin at 4:00 p.m. Late into his impressive comeback season, McCord is looking to soar to new heights and set a regional mark.
At 6:50 p.m., catch Austin Stoner and Cameron Wyman in the 800m run, amongst a competitive field. Wyman is coming off an impressive performance at his first outdoor Heps, having competed in the open 800m run as well as running the second leg of the 4x800m relay, which placed third.
Matt Chisholm, Thomas Gmür, Will Laird, Trevor Reinhart and Allen Siegler are all set to race the 1500m run, which will go off at 8:15 p.m. All of these athletes have been consistently performing at a high level throughout the season, and will be set up for fast times under the lights of the track once the sun sets.
Results will be made available here. A recap will be posted after the meet.
Wyman and Michael Yuan will be the first Bulldogs to see action at the ICAAAA Championships on Saturday when they line up for the 800m run at 3:00 p.m. Yuan, a senior, is coming off a personal best performance at outdoor Heps, and is likely in the best shape of his career, so he will be looking to ride that momentum into this weekend.
Many of the 1500m runners entered in the West Point Twilight meet are also slated to see competition this weekend at the ICAAAA Championships, including Chisholm, Gmür, Laird and Siegler. Armstrong Noonan will be joining those aforementioned in the 1500m run, following a hard fought race in the preliminary round of the 1500m run at outdoor Heps last weekend.
Sunday's events will begin at 9:30 a.m. with McCord in the high jump, followed by Austin Laut in the pole vault. Both athletes have been performing solidly all season; McCord has a personal best of 2.08m and an Ivy League runner-up finish under his belt, while Laut recently placed fifth at outdoor Heps and boasts a personal best vault of 5.17m. At 12:30 p.m., Jimmy Shih will be competing in his premier event: the triple jump.
At noon on Sunday, Gregory Campbell, Jr., will get things started on the track for the Bulldogs with the 400m dash, an event he has excelled at throughout his time as a Bulldog. Ekrem Ayhan will line up for the 200m dash trials shortly after Campbell's 400m dash, with the finals to be conested at 2:05 p.m. These two events will conclude competition for the Bulldogs this weekend.
Results for the ICAAAA Championships will be made available here. A recap will be posted following the conclusion of the meet on Sunday.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity