Feb. 2, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Giegengack Invitational saw plenty of excitement in its second day of competition, as athletes from around the region, including Yale alumni, gathered at Coxe Cage this weekend. Building off of the previous day of competition in which freshman Johnny Van Deventer won the 5,000 meter run and Samuel Fox placed second in the high jump with a season best 2.04m, the Bulldogs earned three new IC4A-qualifying marks, including junior Jared Bell's stellar performance in the mile. In what proved to be one of the most charged events of the meet, a facility record was set as the first ever sub-four minute mile was run on the Frank Shorter '69 track.
Sophomore Chris Labosky paced Bell through the first 1200 meters of the race, as the leaders set a blistering pace up front. At the end of the race, it was Georgetown sophomore Andrew Bumbalough blazing solo down the homestretch, with a smile on his face as the entire crowd cheered him on to a 3:58.46 finish. His time shattered both the meet and facility record of 4:01.52, set by teammate Matt Debole at this meet last year, and automatically qualifies him for the NCAA Championships next month. The second place finisher, Jordan Davis of Syracuse, qualified provisionally for NCAAs in 4:02.79. Bell ran a smart race, picking off competitors throughout the race to finish fourth in a personal best time of 4:08.07, well under the IC4A-qualifying mark of 4:14. This moves Bell up to the No. 10 spot on Yale's all-time indoor list.
Also qualifying for the IC4A Championships were sophomore Remi Ray, who placed third in the 500 meter dash in 1:04.57, and junior Jake Gallagher, with a fifth place finish in the 1000 meter run in 2:28.77. Gallagher came back after having already anchored the second-place distance medley relay in the previous day's competition.
In the 60 meter dash, Yale qualified two athletes for the finals, and saw senior Victor Cheng place second in 6.93, and sophomore Reynolds Holmes place seventh in 7.13. Other successes on the track included Chris Smitson's ninth-place in the 800m with a time of 1:54.86 which just missed the IC4A qualifying mark by a few tenths of a second, and the 4x400 meter relay team's fourth place finish after winning the second heat in 3:19.04.
For the field event group, sophomore Eric DePalo placed sixth with 4.65m in the pole vault. Freshman David Smith placed eighth in the shot put with an effort of 14.51m. Also competing in the shot put was alum and former track captain John Langhauser, who threw 17.19m to place second. Langhauser still holds the meet record of 17.88m, which he set in last year's meet to break Jim Fuch's 57-year old Yale record in the event.
This coming Saturday, the Bulldogs will compete in their last invitational meet of the indoor season at the Boston University St. Valentines Invitational.
Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity