Bulldogs Shine in Golden State for Outdoor Debut

March 23, 2008

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IRVINE, Calif. - After a week of spring break training in Southern California, the Bulldogs still had enough energy to give good performances UC-Irvine Spring Break Collegiate Classic this weekend. The meet, which marks the beginning of the outdoor season, included local competition including UC-Irvine, UC-Riverside, Cal Poly Pomona and Occidental, in addition to the familiar challenge of Cornell, since the Big Red were also training in California over break. Yale had three first-place finishers: sophomore Eric DePalo in the pole vault, sophomore Reynolds Holmes in the long jump and senior Victor Cheng in the 100-meter dash.

In the pole vault, the competition was reminiscent of the Indoor Heptagonal Championships at the beginning of the month, where DePalo tied Josh Kirkpatrick of Cornell at a height of 5.00m, placing second based on misses at previous heights. This weekend, both sophomores vaulted 4.70m, tying for first-place. This could be a rivalry to watch at the Outdoor Heptagonal Championships this May.

Holmes added another win to the Bulldogs' tally, earning a first place finish with his initial jump of 7.13m.

Adding to the success in the jumps, junior Samuel Fox leaped 1.95m to place fifth in the high jump.

The Bulldogs continued to impress during the sprints as Cheng, last year's Heps runner-up in the 200-meter dash, won the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.78, followed closely by junior Brandon Giles in 10.86. Giles won this event at the Heps last year, and holds Yale's all-time best of 10.61. Cheng returned later in the meet to place third in the 200-meter dash in 21.86. Freshman Marty Evans placed seventh in 22.37.

Captain Dan O'Brien, defending Heps Champion in the 100-meter hurdles, came in second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.74.

Sophomore David Soiles placed ninth in the 400-meter dash in 49.29

Senior Nate Clute placed sixth in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:54.95. Fellow senior Matthew Bordoni was not far behind, finishing ninth in 1:57.83. Another solid performance in the middle-distances was junior Jared Bell's second-place in the 1,500-meter run in 3:53.34.

In the 3,000-meter steeplechase contested on Friday evening, seniors Joe Kingsbery and Eric Kerchberger placed fourth and sixth, respectively, with times of 9:18.26 and 9:28.71.

The only other event in which an Eli competed on Friday evening was the hammer throw, where junior Jeffrey Lachman took fourth with a throw of 50.32m. On Saturday, Lachman returned to compete in his signature event, the discus throw (in which he is the defending Heps Champion), finishing third with a heave of 51.16m. Lachman also placed third in the shot put with a distance of 15.70m; freshman David Smith took sixth-place in the shot, throwing 14.26m.

The Bulldogs return to New Haven once again, where they will face off against local teams this Saturday at the Southern Connecticut State Invitational.

Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity

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