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Laut Runner-Up in Pole Vault on Day 1 of Ivy Heps

Austin Laut. (photo courtesy Ivy League)
Austin Laut. (photo courtesy Ivy League)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Yale men's track and field team completed its first day of competition at the Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday at the Gordon Track on Harvard's campus. Austin Laut led the charge for the Bulldogs with his runner-up finish in the pole vault, scoring eight points for the team. This is Laut's best Ivy Heps finish, and he put the Bulldogs on the board in good position leading into Sunday's finals. In total, the Bulldogs had six athletes advance through Saturday's preliminary rounds across five events; those athletes are listed below along with their events.

 

Qualifiers:

Ekrem Ayhan – 400m (48.47)

Nick Dahl – Mile (4:11.76)

Will Laird – 1,000m (2:28.09)

Juma Sei – 400m (48.34)

Allen Siegler – Mile (4:11.11)

Vincent Vaughns – 60m (6.89), 200m (21.77)

 

Dahl and Siegler got things started today for the Bulldogs, each running commanding races in their respective sections – Siegler finished in a solid third place, while Dahl confidently crossed the line in second. Both athletes look strong heading into Sunday's final.

Vaughns took third in his section of the 60m dash, good enough to advance to tomorrow; he later returned for the 200m dash in which he advanced as a time-qualifier.

Ayhan ran a smart race in his section of the 400m dash, biding his time until the final stretch and then placing himself in position to advance to the finals. Sei shocked the field from the front of the pack, unapologetically taking his heat by more than half of a second – he could be a dark horse in Sunday's final.

The Bulldogs hit a lull in the middle of the action today, but Laird had the remedy, finishing runner-up in his section of the 1,000m run and qualifying for his final tomorrow.

Aside from the preliminary rounds, the Bulldogs had a handful of athletes competing in final sections today. Darius Jing placed 18th in the long jump, while Andrew Rochon and Jack Dunn finished 12th and 14th, respectively, in the weight throw. In the 3,000m final, Robert Miranda ran a confident race and placed 10th, while Harrison Smith finished in 14th.

Siegler, when questioned about the shape of the team going into tomorrow, commented, "The vibe on the team is really strong right now. Everyone was excited to see Austin score so well in the pole vault. The main emphasis on the team this week has been to score points, and we have put ourselves in the position to do that: we have a lot of interchangeable parts for us to score tomorrow, and we're feeling good."

Results can be found here. The Bulldogs will return to action Sunday at 12:40 p.m. for the mile finals. A full recap will be provided following the conclusion of the meet.

 Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity