NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's track and field team will be splitting up this Saturday, with one squad traveling to Boston for the 2019 David Hemery Valentine Invitational held at the Track and Tennis Center of Boston University, while the other squad will stay in New Haven for the 2019 Giegengack Invitational to be held at Coxe Cage. Both meets have been proven to be conducive to impressive marks, likely due to the quality of both the facilities and competition.
David Hemery Valentine Invitational
The Valentine Invitational is one of the largest collegiate indoor meets in the country, and it consistently brings in national-caliber talent, which should prove to be a good test for the Bulldogs. No field athletes from Yale will be traveling to Boston, and the majority of the Bulldogs will compete in events on the oval.
The 800m run will start the day off for the Bulldogs at 11:05 a.m., with James Lewis, Kohl Swift, Alex Whittaker and Cameron Wyman. Wyman is the top-seeded Bulldog, and should have an exciting race on his hands. Following them will be Alex Young in the 60m dash prelims at 12:35 p.m., with the finals set to go off at 2:07 p.m. At 12:45 p.m., catch Chris Colbert and Alex McIntyre take on the 400m dash, likely to be a blazing fast race. Fergal Burnett Small will compete in the 500m dash at 2:10 p.m.
The bulk of the Bulldogs' sprinters -- Young, Ekrem Ayhan, Kyle Macauley, Juma Sei, Vincent Vaughns and Phil Zuccaro -- will utilize Boston's notoriously quick oval for fast finishes this weekend, opting for the 200m dash as opposed to the straightaway 60m dash. The 200m dash is set to start at 2:38 p.m. Following the sprinters will be Swift, Whittaker, Wyman and Austin Stoner in the 1,000m run at 3:22 p.m.
Getting things started for the Bulldog distance crew will be the mile runners of Will Laird, Allen Siegler and Harrison Smith at 4:15 p.m. The mile is almost guaranteed to go fast every year at Boston and there should be a handful of athletes who conquer the four-minute barrier this weekend. At 6:05 p.m., the Bulldogs will field two separate squads in the 4x400m relay. The "A" squad will consist of Ayhan, Colbert, Macauley and Sei; the "B" squad will feature Burnett Small, Hill, McIntyre and Zuccaro.
The rest of the evening is for the longer distance races of the 3,000m and 5,000m runs. At 7:10 p.m., Neil Braganza, Zach Capello, Nick Dahl, Robert Miranda and Hugh Sadler will take their shots at the 3,000m run. History has shown that this event will likely run fast, so keep an eye out for personal records from these Bulldogs. At 9:20 p.m., to conclude the meet, Cade Brown, Charlie Gardner, Jonathan Lomogda, Brendan Murray, Evan Pattinelli and Patrick Perry will compete in the 5,000m run.
The majority of the Bulldogs staying home for the Giegengack Invitational are field athletes, with the exception of Jackson Chapman in the 800m run. Competition will get underway at 11:00 a.m., with Jack Dunn and Andrew Rochon in the weight throw. Dunn is coming off a personal record performance, so maybe the home crowd can push the Bulldog throwers to new lengths. Rochon will return at 5:45 p.m. for the shot put.
Darius Jing and Jimmy Shih will be competing in the long jump at 11:00am, with Shih to compete in the triple jump set to begin after the long jump. At 2:00 p.m., Austin Laut will take to the runway in the pole vault; he is coming off a new personal record and has his sights set on the school record. Finally, at 5:45 p.m., CJ McCord and Spencer O'Neill will compete in the high jump.
The schedule for the event is here.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity