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McCord Breaks School Record at Season Opener

CJ McCord '19, (Photo by Steve Musco).
CJ McCord '19, (Photo by Steve Musco).

NEW HAVEN, Conn.— The Yale men's track and field team opened its indoor track season today at the Yale Season Opener, held at Coxe Cage. The meet was unscored, but the Bulldogs competed with the best of the field in the events they competed in. CJ McCord's school record-breaking performance in the high jump, with his mark of 2.10m, was the highlight of the day for the Bulldogs.

The Elis' throws crew of Jack Dunn and Andrew Rochon got the day started with the weight throw. Dunn, in his first collegiate meet, placed sixth with a throw of 15.28m – meanwhile, Rochon finished right behind him with a seventh-place throw of 15.12m, just six centimeters off his collegiate best. Rochon also competed in the shot put, placing fourth with a new collegiate best of 14.62m.

The jumping events followed the throws, headlined by McCord's flight over 2.10m en route to victory and a new school record in the high jump. His mark is now the second best performance in the Ivy League, behind the defending Ivy Heps champion. Spencer O'Neill placed third in the high jump with a solid season debut mark of 1.94m. Austin Laut won the pole vault with a height of 5.05m, now second in the Ivy League. In the horizontal jumps, Darius Jing and Jimmy Shih led the way for the Bulldogs, with Jing placing fifth in the long jump and Shih placing third in the triple jump.

On the track, the Bulldogs cleaned shop the 60m dash – one of their most dominant events – placing four athletes in the top five of the finals. In the prelims, the Bulldogs ran away with the top four seed times, Vincent Vaughns with a 6.94, Phil Zuccaro with a 6.98, Alex Young with a 6.99 and Kyle Macauley with a 7.04. Gregory Campbell, Jr., also competed in the 60m dash prelims, missing out on the finals with a time of 7.26. In the finals, Vaughns tied his personal record of 6.87 and is now ranked fifth in the Ivy League. Macauley improved upon his time from the prelims, running 6.95, Zuccaro ran an impressive 6.96 and Young finished in 7.02.

Completing the day for the Bulldogs were the two 4x400m relay teams they fielded. The squad of Macauley, Vaughns, Young and Zuccaro finished runners-up with a time of 3:21.54, now the third fastest mark in the Ivy League. Laut, McCord, Connor Hill and Alex McIntyre placed fourth with a time of 3:26.16.

Results can be found here. The Bulldogs' next meet will take place after winter recess, on Jan. 18, at the Yale-Dartmouth-Columbia meet in New York.

Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity