May 18, 2008
PRINCETON, N.J. - Sunday was the third and final day of competition for the IC4A Championships at Princeton. Although some times were slowed by the rain that persisted for most of the afternoon, the Bulldogs improved their score to finish 12th overall with 22 points in a tie with George Mason University.
The first points of the day for Yale came from the 4x100-meter relay (sophomore Reynolds Holmes, senior Victor Cheng, freshman Marty Evans and junior Brandon Giles), which finished sixth with a time of 41.63.
Shortly after the rain started pouring, Cheng returned after the relay to compete in the finals of the 100-meter dash, in which he finished fourth with a time of 10.74. Although Cheng qualified for the 200-meter dash as well, he chose to forgo the final, having already raced twice during the day.
The 800-meter run proved to be an exciting race for Yale sophomore Chris Labosky. After starting in the last position, Labosky moved up throughout the race, pulling even with the leader with 150 meters to go and taking the lead coming off the final turn. Labosky was barely overtaken in the last 50 meters, placing third in 1:50.50, less than a second behind Brian Gagnon of UConn and Felix Kitur of Virginia Military Institute.
The Bulldogs ended the day with another close race in the 4x800-meter relay. The team of senior Matt Bordoni and juniors Murat Kayali, Jake Gallagher and Jared Bell placed fourth 7:34.06, with the winning Virginia Military Institute team finishing less than two seconds ahead in 7:32.20.
In two weeks, a select squad of the Yale men who have met a performance standard will travel to Tallahasse, Fla. to compete at the NCAA Eastern Regional Championships.
Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity