May 11, 2008

Bulldogs Finish Third at Heptagonal Championships

May 11, 2008

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - In the second and final day of competition at the Outdoor Heptagonal Championships, Yale's men moved up in the team standings to finish third overall with 78 points, behind Cornell (199) and Princeton (128). Adding to Saturday's win in the pole vault by sophomore Eric DePalo, the Bulldogs earned another four first-place finishes on Sunday. Senior Victor Cheng was the largest point-contributor for the Bulldogs, winning two individual events, setting a new school record and participating in both of the relays. All winners at this weekend's meet earned automatic berths to the NCAA Regional meet in Tallahassee, Fla. at the end of the month.

The Bulldogs opened the day with a win by the 4x100-meter relay (sophomore Reynolds Holmes, Cheng, freshman Marty Evans and junior Brandon Giles). Yale (40.90) edged out Cornell (40.92) in the final leg of the relay, running the fastest time of any Ivy-League team this season and the third fastest time in Yale history. It is also a new record for the fastest time on Dwyer track by a Yale team.

Cheng was also a double-winner individually, winning the 100-meter dash in a new Yale-record time, 10.58. After running under the former record three times already this season under wind-aided (and therefore illegal) conditions, Cheng finally broke the record of 10.61 (set by current teammate Brandon Giles in 2005). Cheng later came back to win the 200-meter dash in a time of 21.40. The sprints were a strength for the Bulldogs, as Giles also scored points in the 100-meter dash by finishing fourth in 10.82, and senior Dan O'Brien placed third 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.54.

Yale's other individual winner of the day was junior Nathan Noll, who placed first in discus throw with a personal-best mark of 51.91 meters (170'4"), qualifying for the NCAA regional meet. Noll's new mark moves him up to No.6 on Yale's all-time list.

Other top-eight individual finishes during Sunday's competition came from junior Samuel Fox in the high jump (sixth, 1.99m), junior Kevin Hickenbottom in the javelin throw (fifth, 59.37 meters) Soiles in the 400-meter dash (seventh, 48.40), sophomore Chris Labosky in the 800-meter run (eighth, 1:52.73), junior Jake Gallagher in the 1,500-meter run (seventh, 3:49.83) and Ted Galligan in the 400-meter hurdles (sixth, 54.10).

Also, the 4x400-meter relay team (Evans, Cheng, senior Matt Bordoni, sophomore David Soiles) placed fifth in a close race with a season-best time of 3:14.87.

Up next for the Bulldogs are the IC4A Championships, held at Princeton from May 16-18.

Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity

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