Feb. 25, 2005
The 2005 Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track and Field Championship will take place this Saturday and Sunday, February 26 - 27 at Harvard's Gordon Indoor Track. The Yale men's track and field team, with several strong individual performances so far this season, stands a great chance to improve on its seventh place finish at last year's Heps.
Sophomore Russ Kempf, in his first Ivy League appearance this season, looks to surpass an impressive second place finish at last year's Heps in the 60m. Freshmen Brandon Giles and Victor Cheng, with pre-Hep times placing them in the top four in the 60-meter dash, increase the likelihood of a Bulldog victory in the 60m.
Freshman Dan O'Brien, ranked third across the Ivy League in the 55m hurdles, will attempt to end Penn's four-year winning streak in the 60m hurdles.
In the middle distances, Robert deLaski and Reed Mauser, both ranked fourth in the 500m and 1,000m respectively, stand a chance to win the Bulldogs points in those events. Two- time first team All-Ivy performer Lucas Meyer is ranked second in the Ivy League in the 5,000m, with a time just over two seconds behind the number one rank. Meyer's strong performance throughout his senior season shows that he could narrow this gap and achieve the first Eli victory ever in this event.
Yale's relay teams, ranked third in the 4 x 400m, the 4 x 800m and the distance medley, could all potentially earn the Bulldogs points in those events.
In the field events, junior Jihad Beauchman and sophomore Matthew Lachman will strive to improve upon their season's best distances to earn the Elis points in their respective events, the high jump and long jump.
Ivyleaguesports.com will be providing up-to-the-minute coverage of the Heptagonals throughout the weekend.