March 2, 2009

Yale Finishes Fourth in Heptagonal Championships

March 1, 2009

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In the final day of the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships at Harvard's Gordon Track, the Bulldogs finished fourth in the team standings with 55 points after pulling ahead of Brown in the final event. Yale had a number of notable individual performances on the second day of competition, including seven top-three finishes.

One of the individual highlights of the day was senior Samuel Fox's third-place finish in the high jump. Fox cleared a personal-best 2.08 meters (6'9.75") in the event, which ranks him No. 4 all-time indoors for Yale, and was only one half of an inch short of the Yale indoor record.

Moments later, two Yale seniors placed 2-3 in the mile run, which came down to a thrilling finishing kick. After the field went out in a pedestrian 2:17 for the first half-mile, the race picked up. After clocking a blazing split of sub-2:00 for the last half-mile, Jared Bell finished second in 4:16.12, with Jake Gallagher finishing third on the outside with a time of 4:16.22. A mere 0.63 seconds separated the top-four finishers in this close race.

Another strong performance came from senior Jeffrey Lachman, who finished third in the shot put. Lachman threw progressively farther with each attempt, throwing a personal-best of 16.61 meters (54' 06.00") in his final attempt. This mark moves him up to No. 6 all-time for Yale indoors.

Juniors Remi Ray and David Soiles went 3-4 in the 500-meter dash, with times of 1:03.98 and 1:04.16, respectively. Also in the long sprints, freshman Matt Bieszard made his first appearance in a Heps final, finishing seventh in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.24 seconds, just barely missing scoring in the event.

Other individual finishes for the Bulldogs on Sunday included senior Murat Kayali (eighth, 1000-meter run) and sophomore Max Walden (11th, 5,000-meter run). Walden qualified for IC4As by virtue of his personal-best time of 14:44.82.

Near the end of the meet, Yale was still trailing Brown by five points after the distance medley relay of junior Kevin Brown, junior Ted Galligan, freshman Andrew Esposito and junior Jeff Perrella finished sixth with a time of 10:17.15. Then, a strong second-place finish in the 4x880 yard relay by junior Chris Labosky, Kayali, Gallagher and Bell (7:40.69) brought the Bulldogs within striking distance.

Yale's 4x440 yard relay of sophomore Marty Evans, Bieszard, Ray and Soiles placed third with a season-best 3:16.78, just missing Cornell and Princeton, who both finished less than a half a second ahead. This impressive performance ranks No. 10 all-time indoors for the Bulldogs, and was enough to move Yale into fourth place in the team standings at the end of the meet.

This concludes conference competition for the Bulldogs this indoor season. However, the indoor season has not ended yet. Many members of the team will travel to Boston next weekend, Mar. 7-8, for the IC4A Championships.

Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity

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