NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This weekend, the Yale track and field team competed against the rest of the Ivy League at the Heptagonal Indoor Championships, where the top athletes in the conference competed to determine who is the best. The Ivy League has declared standards for each athlete to be considered All-Ivy: the top finisher in each of the 20 individual events will be honored first team All-Ivy, and the runner-up in each event will earn second team All-Ivy. Thus, only 40 athletes in total earn All-Ivy status.
After finishing fourth in the pole vault in 2016 and 2017, and third in 2018, Austin Laut took to the runway this year determined for a better result at his final Indoor Heps. Laut was one of three vaulters to clear 5.15m, and after failing to make it over 5.25m, it came down to him and a competitor from Penn in a tie for second-place. Laut won the tie-breaker since he had fewer total misses than the athlete from Penn, earning not only his best Ivy Heps finish, but also second team All-Ivy honors.
Laut was the only Bulldog to finish in the top two of his event, though many others found success making the podium in their respective events. He will now look to lead the Bulldogs into his final outdoor season, where he most certainly will be focused on earning first team All-Ivy in May.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity