April 18, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Saturday, the Bulldogs competed in the annual Yale-Harvard dual meet, and returned victorious from Harvard's McCurdy Track, beating Harvard 105-54. The Bulldogs have now won the last seven meets in the dual meet series, which has been going on continuously since 1891 with the exception of two years. The highlight of the men's competition was the discus throw, where Yale went 1-2 with some incredible performances from two seniors. Jeffrey Lachman won the event with a distance of 58.29 meters (191'3"): a personal best by over fifteen feet, and well over the previous Yale record set 39 years ago. The previous record of 181'04" was set by Tom Neville in 1970. Nathan Noll also performed well in the event, beating the NCAA Regional-qualifying standard with his personal-best throw of 51.91 meters.
Lachman's throw is currently ranked eighth in the nation based on the marks going into this weekend's competition.
Success for the Yale throws squad didn't end there. Lachman also won the shot put with a personal-best mark of 16.31 meters (53'6.25") , which ranks him No. 4 all-time for Yale outdoors in the event. Sophomore David Smith also fared well in the shot placing third with a throw of 14.75 meters. Lachman also broke into the top-ten all-time in the hammer throw, winning the event in a personal-best 55.02 meters (180'06"), which is No. 9 for Yale. Noll also had a personal-best performance in the hammer, placing second with 53.77 meters (173'1"), which is No. 14 all-time for Yale. In the javelin throw, seniors Samuel Fox and Kevin Hickenbottom placed second and third, respectively.
The throws laid a strong foundation for the Bulldogs, who won 14 of 19 events at this meet, to claim the team title by over 50 points. In this dual meet setting, each first-place relay earns five points, while individual events award five points, three points, or one point for first, second, and third places, respectively.
In the sprints, Sophomore Marty Evans made his collegiate debut, placing second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.92. Evans later came back with a convincing win the 200-meter dash, running 22.02. Sophomore Chris Stanley placed third in both these events. Juniors Remi Ray and David Soiles went 1-2 in the 400-meter dash clocking 48.39 and 49.36, respectively. Another junior, Ted Galligan, won the 110-meter hurdles in 15.44 and took second in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 55.05.
In the 800-meter run, senior Jared Bell broke away from the pack to get a convincing win with a time of 1:52.16. Fellow senior Murat Kayali placed third in 1:55.59, after being caught at the line by a Harvard runner who finished just one hundredth of a second ahead. The Bulldogs also earned another middle-distance victory, as junior Chris Labosky passed a significant portion of the field in the last lap of the 1,500-meter run to take home the win in 3:52.22.
Yale runners swept the 3,000-meter steeplechase, led by a breakthrough performance from freshman Nathan Richards. After taking the pace out quick from the start, Richards hung on to finish in 9:18.80, a personal-best by over twenty seconds. Senior Andrew Samuel and sophomore David Demres took second and third, respectively. Also in the distances, freshman Jake McKenzie took second in the 5,000-meter run in 14:47.02.
The Bulldogs also won both relays, finishing the 4x100-meter relay in 42.53 and the 400-meter relay in 3:18.66.
Yale also fared well in the jumps. The Bulldogs swept the top-three places in the triple jump thanks to the strong performances of freshman Adam Bao (12.88 meters), freshman Yifan Chen (12.41 meters) and junior Bashir Adeniyi (11.85 meters). Senior Samuel Fox and junior Reynolds Holmes also claimed first-place finishes in the jumps, with Fox winning the high jump (2.05 meters) and Holmes winning the long jump (6.84 meters). Junior Eric DePalo placed second in the pole vault with a height of 4.95 meters. Both Fox and Depalo qualified for the IC4A Championships in their respective events.
Up next on the Bulldogs' schedule are the famous Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Penn. A select group of Elis will compete at the meet, which begins on Thurs. April 23rd. Some of these athletes will also compete at the Yale Springtime Invitational on Sun. April 26th, joining other members on the team across all events. These two meets will serve as the final tune-ups before the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, hosted by Penn, on May 9-10.
Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity