April 24, 2009
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Bulldog men's track and field team was back in action at the second day of the Penn Relays on Friday and turned in a number of strong performances in both track and field events. The team, which is facing their toughest competition of the year, competed in four different individual events and two relays. The team will wrap up competition at the Penn Relays on Saturday.
One of the best performances for the Bulldogs came in the high jump. Senior Samuel Fox, who last won the high jump against Harvard, turned in a great performance to take third in the College Men's Eastern division. His top clearance of 2.10 meters put him in a five-way tie for second, with Fox beating out three of the athletes on misses. His performance moves him up in the all-time Yale rankings. His jump, which converts to 6-10.75 feet, places Fox as the second-best high jumper in Yale history. Only Jihad Beauchman '06 has gone higher, with a clearance of 7-01.50. This was an NCAA Regional qualifying mark.
The top-notch competition at the Penn Relays also allowed the Bulldogs to turn in an impressive time in the distance medley relay. The Bulldogs, who raced in the Championship of America section that included the 12 best teams at the meet, took eighth in a time of 9:50.87. The team of senior Jared Bell, who ran the 1,200-meter leg in 3:01.0, junior Remi Ray, who ran the 400-meter leg in 47.9, junior Chris Labosky, who ran the 800-meter leg in 1:52.5 and senior Murat Kayali who anchored in a time of 4:09.5, was the second-best team from an Ivy League school in the event, finishing only behind Princeton. The performance ranks the team as the fifth fastest in school history, improving on the Bulldogs' previous fifth place mark of 9:51.70 from 2006. The performance is the best by an Eli relay team since 1991, when the current Yale record of 9:41.63 was set.
Two Bulldogs also competed in the discus. In the Championship division, senior Jeffrey Lachman took eighth with a throw of 52.87 meters. Lachman was coming off a huge performance last weekend, as he set a new school record in the event with a throw of 58.29 meters in his win against Harvard. His throw last weekend was ranked as the eighth-farthest throw in the nation at the beginning of the week. Senior Nathan Noll also did well for the Bulldogs. In the College division of the event, Noll took ninth with a throw of 48.76 meters. Noll also performed well last week, throwing 51.91 meters against Harvard.
The Bulldogs also had two other athletes compete in field events. In the Eastern division of the pole vault, junior Eric DePalo took eighth with a clearance of 4.80 meters. DePalo was part of a five-way tie, with the placing being determined by misses. The fifth-place finisher also had a clearance of 4.80 meters. Junior Reynolds Holmes also competed for the Bulldogs in the Eastern division of the long jump. He took 14th with a farthest jump of 6.71 meters.
Closing out the second day of competition at the meet was the 4x400-meter relay. The team of Ray, sophomore Marty Evans and juniors Ted Galligan and David Soiles competed in the Heptagonal division of the meet, which was reserved for the Ivy League schools. The Bulldogs took sixth in a time of 3:21.40
The Penn Relays will continue on Saturday, when the Bulldogs will compete in both track and field events. The Relays are a great opportunity for the team to compete in a historic meet at the same track that will host the Heptagonal Championships on May 9-10. Bulldogs that are not competing at the Penn Relays will have the opportunity to perform at the Yale Springtime Invitational on Sunday.
Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity