April 2, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - This Friday and Saturday, the Bulldogs will head south as the outdoor season heats up. Half the squad will travel to Princeton to compete at the Sam Howell Invitational, with the rest of the team going down to the 43rd Annual Colonial Relays at William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. Coming off a third place finish against local competition at the Southern Conn. Invitational last weekend, the Bulldogs are ready to kick it up a notch against a deeper field, and looking for personal bests and qualifying marks.
Yale will send mostly field event competitors and distance runners to the Sam Howell Invitational. Events will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday with the women's hammer throw and the men's and women's pole vault. Saturday's competition will begin with the men's hammer throw at 11a.m., and the running events will commence with the women's 4x100-meter relay at noon. Results will be posted on Princetontigers.com at the conclusion of the meet.
The Colonial Relays down in Va. live up to their name: while the first day of competition includes individual events, the second day will highlight relays ranging from the traditional 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter to the distance medley relay and 4x 1,500-meter relay.
There are 23 teams entered to compete including other D-I schools like George Mason, Georgetown, Iona and Michigan State joined by smaller schools like D-III powerhouse Cortland St.
These teams bring together a total of 20 All-Americans, including Georgetown sophomore Andrew Bumbalough, who placed second in the 3,000-meter run at the NCAA Championships last month. Bumbalough shattered Yale's indoor facility record in the mile run at Coxe Cage in February, blazing to a 3:58 finish.
The top finish for an Eli at this meet last year was junior Brandon Giles' fourth-place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.76. Yale placed tenth overall with 18 points, after a sudden blizzard caused the second day of meet competition to be cancelled.
This year, the forecast is for warmer weather; however, possible thunderstorms may affect the meet schedule.
General information about the Relays, including a fan guide containing all-time event champions, stadium and meet records and NCAA qualifying standards, can be found here. The meet will begin on Friday with the women's hammer throw at 11 a.m., while running events will start at noon with the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase. Saturday will start with the men's hammer throw at 9:30 a.m., with the running events beginning with the men's 4x800-meter relay at noon. Results will be posted online at Tribeathletics.com at the conclusion of each day of the meet.
Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity