Slew of Qualifiers Highlights Day One at Outdoor Heps For Elis

May 7, 2005

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New York, N.Y. - Yale had qualifiers come out of each trial/semifinal the Bulldogs were in Saturday afternoon on the first day of Outdoor Heps, setting the team up for a potentially big Sunday. The 200m dash proved to be Yale's strongest event, with all three Bulldogs who were entered - freshman Victor Cheng (Seattle, Wash.), freshman Brandon Giles (Los Angeles, Calif.) and sophomore Russell Kempf (Clemmons, NC) - qualifying for Sunday's final. Giles also won his heat in the 100m dash to qualify in that event along with Kempf.

"It was a great qualifying day on the guys' side," said Associate Head Coach of Men's and Women's Track & Field Dave Shoehalter. "We've got to do it again tomorrow, but we can."

Junior Kevin Alexander (Birmingham, Ala.) was the first Bulldog to make it through on the cloudy and windy day at Columbia's Baker Field, winning his 400m dash heat with a time of 47.98 to move on to Sunday's final. Freshman Michael Camarda (Tallahassee, Fla.) (51.86) and freshman Christopher Tingue (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) (49.79) did not advance.

In the 100m dash, Giles (10.75) and Kempf (10.80) were separated by just .05 seconds in their heat. Cheng (10.91) and sophomore Omari Douglas-Hall (Cherry Hill, N.J.) (11.28) did not advance.

Freshman Dan O'Brien (Providence, R.I.), Yale's lone entry in the 110m hurdles, won his heat in 14.38 to advance in that event.

In the 1500m trials, both senior Josh Yelsey (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) (3:51.32) and senior Casey Moriarty (Seattle, Wash.) (3:52.06) came in third in their heats with times that were good enough to advance, while sophomore Brian Gertzen (Linwood, N.J.) (3:56.96) and junior Erik Brown (Tinton Falls, N.J.) (4:06.11) came up short.

In the 200m dash, Giles won his heat (21.62) while Kempf (3rd, 21.82) and Cheng (4th, 22.04) posted fast-enough times in their heat to join their teammate in Sunday's final.

The 400m hurdles provided an additional highlight for the Bulldogs, as junior Shomari Taylor (Baltimore, Md.) won his heat and posted an NCAA Regional qualifying mark of 52.38. Junior Michael Brown (Emmaus, Pa.) (56.21) did not advance.

The last men's event on the track was one of the day's few finals, the 10,000m. Yale freshman Rolando Garcia (Chicago, Ill.) held the lead for much of the early going but eventually fell back and finished 19th (32:47.48).

Other finals that Yale participated in on Saturday included the hammer throw (sophomore John Langhauser (Basking Ridge, N.J.) 15th, 147-8) and the pole vault (sophomore Matthew Lachman (Los Angeles, Calif.) 8th, 14-11; senior Jordan Chapman (Plymouth, Mich.) 9th, 14-5.25; junior Adam Presser (Beverly Hills, Calif.) 10th, 13-11.25).

Princeton held down first place after the day's events with 42 points. While the Bulldogs had yet to score, their performances in the trials and semifinals Saturday bode well for the finals on Sunday.

report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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