Langhauser Breaks Shot Put Record at Giegengack Invitational

Langhauser Breaks Shot Put Record at Giegengack Invitational

Feb. 3, 2007

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Senior captain John Langhauser broke Jim Fuchs' 57-year old school record in the shot put to highlight Yale's performance in the Giegengack Invitational Saturday at Coxe Cage. Langhauser, who had come within 15 centimeters of Fuchs' 17.57 meter mark two weeks earlier when Yale hosted Columbia and Dartmouth, broke the record in dramatic fashion. His final throw of the day, and the last of his career in Yale's indoor facility, went 17.88 meters.

After making the throw, Langhauser leapt and pumped his fist when the measurement was announced.

"I'm really glad to have gotten it, especially on my last throw in the cage," Langhauser said. "I wasn't sure it would happen here."

The Bulldogs' last remaining indoor meets are all on the road, starting with H-Y-Ps at Princeton next weekend.

The shot put was the first event on a busy day for what is quickly becoming a premier track event, the invitational named after long-time Yale coach Bob Giegengack.

With his teammates cheering him on, Langhauser built momentum towards the record-breaking throw. He made it out of the first flight with ease, and his record-breaking throw in the finals wound up besting the second-place throw (from Brown's David Howard) by 2.17 meters. It also is a provisional qualifying mark for the NCAAs.

"One of my earlier throws was over 17 meters even though I didn't feel I hit it," Langhauser said. "After that, I was pretty sure I was going to get the record."

Langhauser also placed fourth in the weight throw (16.10 meters) Friday night on the first day of the invitational.

Yale received strong performances in the distance events. In the mile run, there were three Bulldogs in the top six with IC4A qualifying times. Jake Gallagher (4:09.70) was fourth, Tadhg O'Callaghan (4:10.86) was fifth and Murat Kayali (4:11.31) was sixth. The distance medley relay team won with an IC4A qualifying time of 9:54.82.

Brian Gertzen finished third in the 1,000-meter run with an IC4A qualifying time of 2:27.30.

Several other individuals also had standout performances. Sam Fox won the high jump (1.96m), Reynolds Holmes was second in the long jump (7.06m, qualifying for IC4As), Eric DePalo was third in the pole vault (4.80m) and Dan O'Brien was third in the 60-meter hurdles (8.23).

Additonally, Russell Kempf placed fifth in the 200-meter dash with an IC4A qualifying time of 22.12.

report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity