Yale and Harvard Face-Off in Cambridge This Weekend

Yale and Harvard Face-Off in Cambridge This Weekend
Jake Gallagher, Murat Kayali and Alex Harris competed in the 1,500-meter run at 2008 Yale-Harvard (photo by Mike Boucher)

April 16, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs look to continue their winning streak against the Crimson, as the two rival teams meet on Harvard's McCurdy Track on Saturday, April 18. This is the 111th running of the annual Yale-Harvard dual meet, which began in 1891. While the Yale men have only won 49 of these contests compared to Harvard's 60, the Bulldogs have dominated the last decade, winning this meet for the past six years. This will be the Bulldogs' final face-off with another Ivy before the Heptagonal Championships next month.

While Yale and Harvard will step onto the track as rivals this weekend, they most recently competed side-by-side on the same team. Just last Friday, the two teams joined forces to win the Naughton Trophy as winners of the Yale-Harvard vs. Oxford-Cambridge meet held in New Haven. The Elis and the Cantabs both had four individual wins in the meet, revealing no obvious advantages for either going into this weekend.

Recent history, however, might indicate otherwise.

Earlier this year, The Bulldogs topped the Crimson during the indoor season at the Harvard-Yale-Princeton tri-meet, and later finished fourth at the Indoor Heptagonal Championships, well ahead of seventh-place Harvard. Last year, Yale crushed Harvard at this meet, earning a 112-50 win.

This year promises to be an exciting match-up of the two teams, with strong competition across all event groups.

The Bulldogs look to continue upon the successes of last weekend, including first-place finishes by senior Samuel Fox (high jump), junior Reynolds Holmes (long jump), senior Murat Kayali (1,500-meter run) and senior Jeffrey Lachman (discus throw).

The meet will start at 12:30 p.m. with the men's hammer throw and long jump. A complete schedule can be found here.

Complete results will be posted on Yalebulldogs.com at the conclusion of the meet.

Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity