Jan. 12, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Over the weekend, the Bulldogs had their first competition of the New Year as they hosted the Yale Invitational at Coxe Cage on Saturday. The squad competed against a variety of teams hailing mostly from the tri-state area, including UConn, Quinnipiac, Albany, Southern Conn., Sacred Heart, Seton Hall, St. John's and Holy Cross. Several Yale athletes performed well at this un-scored invitational, which served as a final tune-up before the Bulldogs face their first Ivy competition of the season next weekend.
The Yale throwing squad started out the meet with some strong performances, highlighted by senior Jeffrey Lachman's second-place performance in the weight throw with an effort of 16.44m; also placing in the top ten were senior Nathan Noll (fourth, 15.81m) and sophomore David Smith (ninth, 13.65m). Lachman also placed third in the shot put (15.36m), behind former teammate John Langhauser '07, who competed unattached and placed second (16.48m). Smith (14.63m) and Noll (13.75m) earned top-ten finishes in this event as well.
The Bulldogs also saw top-ten finishes from senior Brandon Giles and junior Reynolds Holmes in the 60-meter dash, who finished eighth and ninth, respectively. Yale's 4x800-meter relay finished fifth in 8:01.53, led by the efforts of three long sprinters (juniors David Soiles, Remi Ray and Ted Galligan) and middle-distance specialist freshman Andrew Esposito, who was competing in the Yale jersey for his first time.
The first Ivy League competition for Bulldogs will take place next weekend on Sunday, Jan. 18 when Yale hosts a tri-meet versus Columbia and Dartmouth.
Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity