PRINCETON, N.J. – The Yale men's track and field team competed at the Sam Howell Invitational Saturday, with a number of athletes setting new personal bests. As Saturday's meet marked the season debut for many Bulldogs, the team is looking poised to have a successful spring.
The 4x100m relay squad of Ekrem Ayhan, Kyle Macauley, Juma Sei and Vincent Vaughns started the day on a high note, placing second with a time of 40.90, an improvement on the Elis' 2018 best of 40.95. That time is now ranked second in the Ivy League, behind Princeton's 40.80. The Bulldogs also fielded a team in the 4x400m relay of Chris Colbert, Connor Hill, Alex McIntyre and Macauley, which placed third with a 3:17.06.
The Bulldogs were successful in the sprinting events, with a number of notable finishes across the board. Macauley had a busy day, competing in both relay events as well as the 100m dash, in which he placed seventh wth a season best of 11.00. Ayhan, coming off an impressive week at the Raleigh Relays, set a blazing-fast new personal best of 21.51 in the 200m dash, which ranks him third in the Ivy League. Sei finished close behind Ayhan in fifth with a time of 21.75, good enough for fifth in the league. Alex Young and Phil Zuccaro also competed in the 200m dash, placing 15th and 19th, with times of 22.14 and 22.23, respectively. Hill and Fergal Burnett Small competed in the 400m dash, with Hill placing 16th with a time of 50.15, and Burnett Small placing 24th with a time of 52.09. Jackson Chapman placed ninth in the 400m hurdles with a time of 56.25, the second-fastest mark of his career.
In the high jump, Spencer O'Neill placed eighth with a leap of 1.93m (6' 4"), his best mark of 2019. Austin Laut secured fourth place in the pole vault with his jump of 4.86m (15' 11.25"). In the horizontal jumps, Darius Jing placed sixth in the long jump with a mark of 6.63m (21' 9"), while Jimmy Shih placed fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 14.20m (46' 7.25"). Jack Dunn was the sole representative of the Bulldogs' throws squad, placing 14th in his first hammer throw competition, with a mark of 50.06m (164' 3").
In the 800m run, Cameron Wyman earned a lifetime best with a time of 1:52.50 to place sixth overall. Kohl Swift also competed in the 800m run, starting off his season strong with a time of 1:56.56, one second faster than his season opener in the 2018 outdoor season. Robert Miranda and Harrison Smith represented the Elis in the 3000m steeplechase. Miranda finished with an exceptional time of 9:16.13, just 1.7 seconds off the Yale top 15 all-time list in his first ever steeplechase competition. In the final results, Miranda stood seventh overall and first among first years in the race. Smith, also in his first steeplechase, finished close behind in 9:32.14. Closing out the day for the Bulldogs in the 5000m run, Evan Pattinelli bested his personal record by 13 seconds to finish in 15:14.63.
Full results from today's meet can be found here. The Bulldogs will return to action April 13 at home for the Harvard-Yale match.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity