Ray of Light in Boston
Jan. 25, 2009
BOSTON, Mass. - The Yale men's track and field team competed at the Boston University Terrier Invitational on Jan. 24 in Boston Mass. The trip is a critical part of the Bulldogs preparation for the indoor Heptagonal Championships and IC4A championships due to BU's very fast indoor track and, especially relevant this year, the track's similarity to Harvard's own indoor track, where indoor 'Heps" will be held this year.
While there were many good performances throughout the sprints and distances, the highlight of the meet was certainly junior Remi Ray's record-shattering performance in the 500-meter dash. The long-sprinter ran 1:02.09, beating Olympian Larry Miller's 1986 mark of 1:02.43 by a very wide margin of .34 seconds.
The caliber of performance that Ray put down in Boston needs explaining. An IC4A qualifying time by more than 3 seconds, Ray defeated Julius Mutekanga of Long Island University, the runner-up at last year's IC4A championship 500-meter run, by more than half a second, from another heat. Most impressive of all, Ray's time currently stands as the fastest 500-meter run in the nation this indoor season. Considering Ray has only run the 500 five times in his entire collegiate career, the potential improvement from here is palpable.
The Bulldogs qualified many athletes for the IC4A Championships, hosted by Boston University on Feb. Senior captain Brandon Giles qualified for the IC4A championships with a 22.22 performance in the 200-meter dash, as did freshman Julian Sheinbaum in the mile run (4:14.88). Senior Jared Bell also qualified with an 8:23.93 in the 3,000-meter run. Classmate Murat Kayali, who had already qualified in the 3,000 at the Lidlifter Invitational on Dec. 6, was the fastest Bulldog in the 3,000, finishing 14th in 8:19.21, a season personal best. Senior Jeffrey Lachman had an IC4A qualifier in the weight throw, throwing 55-09.25. Yale now has nine athletes combining for a total of 14 qualifications as well as two relays.
The Bulldogs now have a two-week break from competition. They will compete next at the Giegengack Invitational at Coxe Cage on Feb. 6-7.
report by Ted Galligan '10, Yale Sports Publicity