NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Three members of the Yale men's track and field team have qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round, set to take place May 24 - 26 in Tampa, Fla. Athletes across the country compete throughout the regular season to set qualifying marks for NCAA East and West Prelims, and at the end of the regular season, the top 48 athletes in each event are invited to compete at the preliminary rounds. For all events beside the field events and the 5,000m run and 10,000m run, there will be a semifinal round followed by a final round, with the top athletes qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor National Championships to be held in Eugene, Ore.
Trevor Reinhart, putting together a fantastic season, qualified for NCAA Prelims in the 1500m run; his time of 3:43.17 is the tenth fastest of the field. Last year, Reinhart beat the odds as a sophomore and advanced through NCAA Prelims, qualifying for the NCAA Championships. After his stellar performance at the meet last year, Reinhart is sure to have his sights set no lower than the NCAA Championships in Eugene. This year, Reinhart has proven his ability to perform well at high-stakes races, winning an Ivy Heps indoor title in the 3,000m run and setting himself up well in the prelims of the 1500m run at Ivy Heps outdoors.
Paedyn Gomes should certainly be an athlete to watch at NCAA Prelims, as he has been having the season of his life. At Ivy Heps outdoors this year, Gomes ran away with the 110mH title, setting a new lifetime best of 13.92. His time puts him 27th among the field entering the race, and taking into account that Gomes' times have been improving recently, he should have a solid shot at extending his season to the NCAA Championships. Gomes finished 32nd at NCAA Prelims last year, so considering he is entering ranked 27th this year, it is looking promising that he will improve from last year's performance.
For the third year in a row, Austin Laut qualified for NCAA Prelims in the pole vault, with his mark of 5.17m. Laut is coming off a fifth place finish in the pole vault at Ivy Heps outdoors, and has been looking solid toward the end of this spring. Laut has showcased his improvement throughout the season, as he is entering the meet ranked 31st in the region, after finishing 39th at this meet last year. Laut is always one of the most consistent Bulldogs, so he is certainly not out of the discussion of NCAA Championship qualification.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity