NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Wednesday night, the Yale track and field team held its annual end-of-the-season banquet, in which three athletes were presented with team awards, recognizing them for their invaluable contributions to the team. The honorees included Paedyn Gomes, Kyle Macauley and Vincent Vaughns.
Gomes, also the team captain, was presented with the Jim Stack Award, given to the athlete who best reflects what Jim Stack accomplished in his 1961 season: winning H-Y-P, Ivy Heps, and ICAAAA's. Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field David Shoehalter referred to the award winner as the team's equivalent to an M.V.P. The award is fitting for Gomes, who scored in two individual at Ivy Heps (winning the 110mH) and one relay event. Gomes is a Bulldog who will always supply points when necessary: he is a team player.
Macauley received the Gardner Millet Award, given to the team member excelling in sportsmanship, courage and inspiration. The award is given in memory of Gardner Millet, Jr. '38. The coaches cited Macauley as having a perfect attendance for practice, and always leading by example. Macauley specializes in the short sprinting events, and will always be willing to step up for the team if he needs to. Following a solid season, Macauley's potential looks strong leading into his career as an upperclassman.
Vaughns was recognized with the Lee Calhoun Award – presented to the team's premier sprinter or hurdler in honor of Lee Calhoun, a legendary Yale track and field head coach. Vaughns was just named second team All-Ivy after his runner-up performance in the 200m dash at Ivy Heps. He also holds the indoor school record for the 200m dash, with his time of 21.52. Many might consider this past spring Vaughns' break-out season, but he is still only halfway completed with his time as a Bulldog; he will be exciting to follow as his ability progresses in the coming years.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity