Strong Performances in Distance Events and Relay Net Yale 78 Points, Fifth at Heps

May 8, 2005

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New York, N.Y. - Two of Yale's top distance runners, Lucas Meyer and Josh Yelsey, came through with wins on Sunday -- as did the 4x100m relay team -- to help the Bulldogs to 78 points and a fifth-place finish at Outdoor Heps at Columbia's Baker Field. Meyer won the steeplechase (9:06.81) and Yelsey took the 1500m run (4:15.51). Yelsey's win, which came in front of a contingent of family and friends, qualifies him for NCAA East Regionals. It was the senior's first victory at Heps; he placed second last year by less than a quarter of a second.

"It's a great way to end a great career," said Head Coach of Men's Cross Country and Distance Dan Ireland of Yelsey's performance. "He, Lucas and Casey Moriarty were the first three guys we brought in after I got here to be a part of the rebirth of Yale in the distance events. Josh is a great kid, and it couldn't have happened to a better person."

Yelsey bested Cornell's Bruce Hyde by one-hundredth of a second for the win.

Meyer's win in the steeplechase also was a thriller, as he fought off a challenge from Cornell's Emory Mort to win by 1.4 seconds.

"It was tough leading the whole way and then having him try to out-kick me at the end," Meyer said. "Fortunately I was able to out-kick him."

Meyer also just missed out on picking up points for Yale in the 5000m, finishing seventh (14:39.32). Patrick Dantzer finished fifth (14:33.57) to lead a strong Yale field that had three of the top ten in that event thanks to Moriarty's 14:46.54 placing him .19 seconds ahead of 11th-place David Nightingale of Princeton.

The steeplechase field behind Meyer included Brian Hanak (eighth, 9:26.20) and Eric Kerchberger (13th, 9:51.56), while Moriarty added a ninth-place finish (4:17.57) behind Yelsey in the 1500m.

The 4x100m relay team of Kevin Alexander, Victor Cheng, Brandon Giles and Russell Kempf won in a time of 41.28, edging Dartmouth (41.49). That was Yale's first win in that event at Outdoor Heps since 1991 and just its second in the past 35 years.

Giles also posted a second-place finish individually in the 100m (10.61) and was third in the 200m (21.51) while Cheng (22.18) and Kempf (25.45) were 7th and 8th respectively. Alexander placed second in the 400m (47.80) and Yale's 4x400m relay team also had a second-place finish (3:14.38).

Also earning points for Yale on Sunday were Shomari Taylor (third in the 400m hurdles, 52.62), Jihad Beauchman (fourth in the triple jump at 15.24m, which qualifies him for NCAA Regionals in that event) and Daniel O'Brien (fourth in the 110m hurdles, 14.50). Kempf added a fifth-place finish in the 100m dash (10.81) for two points.

Others seeing action on Sunday for Yale included Courtland Keteyian (eighth in the 800m run, 1:55.02) and John Langhauser (11th in the discus, 41.06m; 12th in the shot put, 13.69m). Beauchman also had an eighth-place finish in the high jump (1.99m), and event he has already qualified for NCAA Regionals in.

Cornell (136 points) won the meet by 40 points over Dartmouth and Penn.

The Bulldogs travel to Princeton for IC4As next weekend, then are back in New York May 27-28 for NCAA East Regionals.

Day One Recap: Slew of Qualifiers

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

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