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Bulldogs Ready for Ivy League Heptagonal Championships

Jimmy Shih '19 (Photo Courtesy of Steve Musco).
Jimmy Shih '19 (Photo Courtesy of Steve Musco).

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's track and field team will be traveling to Cambridge, Mass., on Saturday for the 2019 Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track and Field Championships to be held at the Gordon Track on Harvard's campus. The meet will take place over two days: the preliminary rounds for most of the running events will take place on Saturday, alongside the finals for the 3,000m run, with the finals for those events to take place on Sunday. Finals in the field events will be spread across both days. Information about the meet, including a schedule of events, ticket information and live results can be found here.

The first Bulldog in action on Saturday will be Austin Laut in the pole vault, starting at 2:00 p.m. Laut is currently ranked fourth in the league, and finished third in 2018. Following him will be Darius Jing in the long jump at 2:30 p.m., in which he is ranked 20th. At 3:15 p.m., Jack Dunn and Andrew Rochon will compete in the weight throw. Dunn is currently ranked 12th, while Rochon is ranked 17th.

On the track, Nick Dahl and Allen Siegler will get things started for the Bulldogs with the mile run preliminaries; the field will likely be divided into two heats with the top four finishers along with the next two fastest individuals qualifying for the finals. Siegler is currently ranked fifth and Dahl is ranked 10th, so this has the potential to be a key event for the Bulldogs. Next on the track will be the 60m dash preliminaries, featuring the quickest athletes at the meet. The Elis will field Vincent Vaughns, Alex Young and Phil Zuccaro, who are respectively ranked sixth, 17th and 16th. Vaughns placed fourth in the 60m dash in 2018, and should have his sights set on a similar finish.

Ekrem Ayhan, Chris Colbert and Juma Sei will represent the Bulldogs in the 400m dash preliminaries, with Colbert being the only of the three with a time this season. Colbert is ranked 13th, but Sei's personal record of 47.04 would have him ranked first, so he has the potential for an impressive finish. At last year's Heps, the winner of each of the four preliminary heats, plus the next four fastest individuals, qualified for Sunday's finals. Fergal Burnett Small, ranked 19th in the 500m dash, will be looking to advance to Sunday's final in that event.

Kohl Swift, Alex Whittaker and Cameron Wyman will compete in the 800m run preliminaries, with Wyman returning from a sixth-place finish in last year's final. The top three finishers in each preliminary heat of the 800m run are likely to advance. In the 1,000m run preliminaries, Will Laird, James Lewis and Austin Stoner will be competing for a ticket to Sunday's final.

At 4:15 p.m., the first final of the meet, the 3,000m run, will go off, featuring Robert Miranda and Harrison Smith. Miranda is currently ranked eighth, after a break-out race in Boston two weeks ago. If he has continued to improve, he will be a top contender in Saturday's final.

The final running event on Saturday will be the 200m dash preliminaries with Vaughns and Zuccaro set to compete. The winner of each of the four heats, plus the next four fastest individuals will make the finals; Vaughns is currently ranked eighth, while Zuccaro is currently ranked 16th.

Sunday's events will consist of final rounds from Saturday's preliminaries, along with the final of the 5,000m run and the relay events. Cade Brown, Charlie Gardner, Jonathan Lomogda, Brendan Murray and Patrick Perry will compete in the 5,000m run – Murray is ranked third, Gardner is ranked sixth, Brown is ranked seventh, Lomogda is ranked ninth and Perry is ranked 11th. This is a deep race for the Bulldogs, and these athletes have the potential to bring home a lot of points for the team.

The distance medley relay has historically been a successful event for the Bulldogs, and this year's team will consist of Siegler, Burnett Small, Wyman and Dahl. The 4x800m relay squad will be comprised of Laird, Lewis, Smith and Stoner, who are entering the meet ranked third. The 4x400m relay team will feature Alex McIntyre, Ayhan, Colbert and Sei, and is currently ranked fifth.

The field events to take place on Sunday will begin with the triple jump, in which Jimmy Shih is ranked 11th. Rochon will return for the shot put ranked 16th; in 2018, he finished 13th. CJ McCord and Spencer O'Neill will be exciting to follow in the high jump, as McCord is ranked third and O'Neill is ranked 15th – McCord finished runner-up in 2018.

 

A recap will be provided following competition on Saturday, and will include a list of the Bulldogs that qualify for the finals on Sunday.

 

Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity