February 1, 2008

Yale Starts Off Strong at Day One of Giegengack Invitational

Feb. 1, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Today marked the start of the Giegengack Invitational at Coxe Cage. The Yale men proved they could perform well under pressure, earning a first place finish, two second place finishes and two third places. From local teams like SCSU and New Haven to fellow Ivies Brown and Columbia to powerhouses including Georgetown and Providence College, the meet boasts strong competition across all the events.

Yale started picking up awards in the first running event of the day: the 5,000 meter run. Freshman Johnny Van Deventer won in 14:54.21, his first collegiate win, and just seven seconds shy of the IC4A-qualifying standard. Not far behind was fellow freshman Max Walden, who moved up in the later stages of the race to place third in 14:59.24. Freshman Chris Scavone and senior Eric Kerchberger placed fifth and sixth and in 15:01.79 and 15:07.46, respectively.

Later in the evening, senior Victor Cheng won his heat of the 200 meter dash to place third in 22.45. Freshman Marty Evans took sixth in 22.56.

In the final running event of the night, the Distance Medley relay, the Elis strode to a second place finish in 9:59.07. The relay, anchored by junior Jake Gallagher, could not quite close the gap between UConn, whose team won the race in 9:54.59.

Competition in the field events was also strong for Yale, with the junior duo of Jeffrey Lachman and Nathan Noll placing sixth and seventh, respectively, in the weight throw. Noll's throw of 16.11m is a personal best mark.

Sophomore Reynolds Holmes leaped to a third place finish in the long jump with a mark of 6.88m.

The evening's competition also ended on a good note for the Bulldogs, with junior Samuel Fox placing second with a leap of 2.04m in the high jump. This mark is Fox's best jump so far this season, and it qualifies him for the IC4A Championships next month.

Saturday's competition will commence with field events at 9:30am, and running events beginning at 12:30pm.

Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity

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