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Bulldogs Successful on Day One at Raleigh Relays

Ekrem Ayhan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Ekrem Ayhan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Yale men's track and field team completed its first day of competition at the Raleigh Relays on Friday, with a number of athletes setting new personal records in their respective events. In total, four Bulldogs set new personal bests, and one athlete set a new collegiate best. With more events to take place on Saturday, the tally for personal records could be high this weekend.

Vincent Vaughns and Ekrem Ayhan opened their outdoor seasons with impressive finishes in the 100m dash. Vaughns ran a quick time of 10.68 and finished ninth of 51 total runners, while Ayhan placed 28th with a new personal record of 10.99. Both of these athletes will return tomorrow for the 200m dash. Juma Sei had a great run in the 400m dash, placing 7th and running a new college best of 47.67, which ranks him as one of the top 20 first-years in that event nationally.

Nick Dahl, Will Laird and Allen Siegler all raced the 1500m run, with Dahl and Siegler both setting new personal records of 3:45.51 and 3:47.00, respectively. Dahl finished in seventh, Siegler in 13th and Laird in 79th, with a time of 3:56.90. Jonathan Lomogda placed 93rd in a stacked 5,000m race, running 14:43.16, a great start to the outdoor season.

In the longest event on the track, the 10,000m run, Cade Brown and Brendan Murray both ran personal bests in very impressive races. Brown placed 15th with a time of 30:19.45, not far off the first-year record of 29:55.91. Murray placed 33rd with a time of 30:44.90, a great starting point for the young Bulldog.

Action will resume Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m., with the continuation of the 10,000m run.

Results from today's events are available here. 

Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity