Feb. 7, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Giegengack Invitational saw plenty of excitement in its second day of competition, as athletes from around the region gathered at Coxe Cage this weekend. Building off of Friday's competition, during which junior Reynolds Holmes won the long jump and senior Samuel Fox won the high jump, the Bulldogs earned three additional individual IC4A-qualifying marks and a qualifying mark in the 4x400-meter relay during Saturday's events.
The Bulldogs started the day off strong in the shot put, which was won by former track captain John Langhauser '07 with a throw of 16.80m. Finishing right behind Langhauser in second place was senior Jeffrey Lachman, who threw a personal-best of 16.42m, which ranks him No. 7 all-time for Yale. Lachman's mark once again exceeded the IC4A-qualifying standard, and is one of the top marks in the Ivy League so far this year. Senior Nathan Noll threw 14.85m to place fifth, and sophomore David Smith's throw of 14.68m earned him sixth place. Langhauser still holds the Giegengack meet record and the Yale all-time record in the shot put, which he set in 2007 with his throw of 17.88m.
Freshman Yifan Chen also earned a top-six finish in the field events: his leap of 12.95m earned him sixth place in the triple jump.
Junior Reynolds Holmes, who won the long jump during Friday's competition, came back on Saturday to place eighth 60-meter dash with a time of 7.13.
In the middle-distance events, freshman Julian Sheinbaum bested the IC4A-qualifying mark in the mile once again, placing 11th with a time of 4:14.46.
The Bulldogs' had a number of impressive individual performances in the 3,000-meter run, including senior Jared Bell's second-place finish in 8:15.31. After being paced through the first 2,000 meters by junior Jeff Perrella, Bell crossed the line just seconds behind Providence senior Richard Yeates. Bell's performance is the tenth fastest time in Bulldog history, and one of the fastest times in the Ivy League so far this season.
Sophomore Max Walden had a convincing win in the second heat of the 3,000m, running 8:29.77. Three other Bulldogs also placed among the top 15 in the event: senior Jake Gallagher (9th, 8:30.55), senior John Hinkle (12th, 8:37.03) and freshman Nathan Richards (13th, 8:38.21). Bell, Walden, Hinkle and Richards all ran personal-best times for this distance.
The Bulldogs closed Saturday's competition with an exciting win in the 4x400-meter relay. Yale's team of sophomore Marty Evans, junior Ted Galligan, freshman Matthew Bieszard and junior David Soiles ran a season-best 3:17.49, which is the second-best time in the league so far this season. Soiles ran an impressive anchor, receiving the baton in second place and then blazing past Southern Connecticut's final leg to win by nearly one second.
Next Saturday, the Bulldogs will travel to Cambridge, Mass. to compete against Harvard and Princeton in their final regular-season meet.
Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity