Yale Tops Harvard, Falls to Princeton

Yale Tops Harvard, Falls to Princeton

Feb. 14, 2009

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Saturday, the Bulldogs competed against Harvard and Princeton on Harvard's Gordon track in their final regular-season competition. While the Bulldogs' 55 points were enough to trump the Crimson's 32, they were not enough to defeat 2008 Heps runner-up Tigers, who finished first with 83 points.

Points were awarded to the top four finishers in every event, and the top two relays.

The Bulldogs started off the meet with strong performances in the field events, including a 1-2 finish in the long jump. Junior Reynolds Holmes won the event with a mark of 6.81 meters, and was followed by sophomore teammate Stephen Paquin, who jumped 6.74 meters. Holmes also placed fourth in the triple jump (11.95 meters).

Other highlights in the field events included junior Eric DePalo's second-place finish in the pole vault (4.90 meters), freshman Yifan Chen's second place in the triple jump (12.46 meters), junior Bashir Adeniyi's third-place in the triple jump (12.17m), senior Samuel Fox's third-place finish in the high jump (1.99 meters) and senior Jeffrey Lachman's third-place finish in the weight throw (17.63 meters).

On the track, the Bulldogs picked up more momentum in the running events, starting off with a second-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles from junior Ted Galligan (8.56 seconds). Not long after, senior Brandon Giles cruised to a win in the 60-meter dash after running 6.87 seconds, with Holmes placing third in the event with a time of 7.01 seconds.

In the longer sprints, junior David Soiles placed second in the 500-meter dash with a season-best time of 1:04.02, and sophomore Marty Evans placed fourth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.61.

The middle-distances were highlighted by senior Murat Kayali's second-place finish in the 1000-meter run in 2:28.28, and junior Chris Labosky's third-place finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:56.36.

Also, the senior duo of Jared Bell and Jake Gallagher performed well in the mile run, being beaten only by Princeton senior Michael Maag, who broke four minutes in the mile and qualified for the finals of the NCAA Championships in the event last year. Bell finished second in 4:11.46, with Gallagher right behind in 4:12.98, good for third place.

Another highlight in the distance events was junior Jeff Perrella's IC4A-qualifying performance in the 3,000-meter run. This was Perrella's first finish in a track event for Yale, after transferring from William & Mary after his sophomore year. Perrella placed third after chasing down two runners in the final 100 meters of the race, to finish in 8:18.44, which is No. 12 all-time for the Bulldogs in this event.

The Bulldogs capped off the meet with great efforts in the relays. The 4x400-meter relay team of Evans, Galligan, freshman Matthew Bieszard and Soiles was out-paced by Princeton's team by a mere 0.2 seconds, to place second in 3:17.44. In the final event of the day, the 4x800-meter relay of Labosky, Kayali, Gallagher and Bell raced to a convincing win, finishing with a time of 7:47.26.

This meet concludes the regular indoor season for the Bulldogs, but they will return to Gordon Track in two weeks to kick off their championship season with the 2009 Indoor Heptagonal Championships on Feb. 28th.

Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity