Feb. 14, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - As the indoor track season nears its conclusion, the Bulldogs still have one meet left in the regular season before the championship meets begin. This weekend, Yale will host long-time rivals Harvard and Princeton at Coxe Cage in an annual triangular meet. With the exception of Yale's triangular meet against Dartmouth and Columbia last month, every meet so far this season has been an un-scored invitational. The Bulldogs' are undefeated in Ivy competition by virtue of their win against the Big Green and the Lions.
Last year at this meet, Yale topped Harvard with 36 points to the Crimson's 15, but fell short of Princeton's hefty 119 points.
The Bulldogs look to challenge the Tigers this year with seasoned veterans like seniors Daniel O'Brien Victor Cheng in the sprints and the junior distance trio of Jared Bell, Jake Gallagher and Murat Kayali. Younger members of the team like sophomores Remi Ray and Eric DePalo will also be crucial in adding to the team score.
Look for strong competition in the distance events, as two of the Tigers' top runners have already broken eight minutes in the 3,000-meter run to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championship.
The high jump will also feature competition with two NCAA-qualifying Tigers, but they will be challenged by Yale junior Samuel Fox, who is currently ranked fourth in the Ivy League.
"The focus this week moves away from simply running fast or jumping or throwing far and high, and toward beating people and competing at a high level," head coach David Shoehalter emphasized.
With so many Bulldogs already having received qualifying marks for the IC4A Championships in March, they now have the chance to focus more on a strong team showing and prove they have what it takes to compete against some of the best athletes in the league.
Events will take place all day Saturday, with spectator buses to Coxe Cage leaving from Payne Whitney Gym. Results will be posted at the conclusion of the meet.
Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity