May 3, 2007

Elis Ready For Heptagonal Championship

May 3, 2007

The Elis look to improve upon last year's sixth place finish this weekend at the annual Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field Championship. Competition will take place May 5 and 6 at Princeton's Weaver Stadium. Yale has a number of athletes looking to make a mark this year both on the track and in the field:

100-meter Dash: The Bulldogs have four of the six fastest times in the Ivy League so far this season. Victor Cheng leads the pack with 10.72, while Brandon Giles has the second fastest mark at 10.75. Omari Douglas-Hall has run 10.80 and is ranked fifth, while Russ Kempf is sixth at 10.87.

200-meter Dash: Cheng and Giles are ranked third and fourth with times of 21.71 and 21.73 so far this season. Giles was third in this event two years ago.

5,000-meter Run: Jake Gallagher will be looking to make an impact after running 14:23.20 during the indoor season in this event.

110-meter Hurdles: Currently ranked third in the league at 14.37 is Dan O'Brien. He was third in this event last year and will be ready to improve.

400-meter Hurdles: In his first appearance at outdoor Heps, Ted Galligan will be looking to break up what is a Cornell dominated event. He is ranked sixth with a time of 54.31.

3,000-meter Steeplechase: Joseph Kingsbery has improved year after year and is ranked third with a time of 9:06.39. Brian Hanak joins him with an eighth place ranked time of 9:19.24.

High Jump: Samuel Fox has jumped 2.06 meters so far this season and this mark is ranked fifth in the league.

Long Jump: Reynolds Holmes owns the second farthest mark for the outdoor season at 7.11 meters.

Pole Vault: Eric DePalo looks to improve upon his 4.80 meter mark from the indoor season, which puts him at fifth in the league.

Shot Put: John Langhauser is second in the league and has thrown 17.30 meters so far this season, though his indoor mark of 17.88 meters would be ranked first.

Discus Throw: Jeffrey Lachman, who barely missed qualifying for regionals, is currently second in the league with his toss of 51.53 meters. Teammate Nate Noll is ranked sixth with a distance of 48.59 meters.

Javelin Throw: Jackson Womack and Kevin Hickenbottom are ranked seventh and tenth in the league, having thrown 56.28 and 54.50 meters. Hammer Throw: Lachman is ranked eighth in this event at a distance of 50.48 meters.

Relays: As defending champions in the 4x100-meter relay, Yale will be looking to defend their title for the second year in a row and have a good chance at doing it as they are currently leading the league with a time of 41.09. The 4x400-meter relay team is ranked sixth this year at 3:18.41.

Report by Victor Cheng '08, Yale Sports Publicity

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