May 14, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - At the annual year-end banquet on Tuesday, coaches and athletes gathered to reflect on the 2007-2008 season. Although many athletes still have multiple competitions before finishing the season, a good portion of the team concluded the season at the Heptagonal Championships last weekend. Among those honored at the banquet were three seniors who have made outstanding contributions to the team: Victor Cheng, Dan O'Brien and Matt Bordoni. The captain for next year's squad, Brandon Giles, was also announced after a team election during the banquet.
Giles made his mark on the squad already as a freshman, earning All-Ivy honors in the 60-meter dash indoors and the 100-meter dash outdoors. At the outdoor Heptagonal Championships in 2005, Giles set the Yale all-time record in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.61, and ran a leg on the first-place 4x100-meter relay team. This season, Giles placed fourth in the 100-meter dash and anchored the winning 4x100-meter relay, which ranks No. 3 on Yale's all-time performance list.
Cheng was given the James Stack '61 Award, which is presented annually to the male track and field athlete who best personifies Jim Stack, the captain and leader of the 1961 team which won the "big three" (Yale vs. Harvard and Princeton), Heptagonal and IC4A Championships. The award recognizes the most valuable performer of the team. Cheng won both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes at the outdoor Heptagonal Championships last weekend and participated on the winning 4x100-meter relay alongside Giles. Cheng broke two school records this year: the 60-meter dash (indoors) and the 100-meter dash (outdoors).
O'Brien, this year's captain, was the recipient of the Lee Calhoun Award, which is given to an outstanding member of the Men's Track and field Team who excels in Sprinting and/or Hurdling. The award is given annually in Memory of Lee Calhoun, the Yale Men's Head Track Coach from 1975-1980, who was a two-time Olympic gold medalist and world record holder in the 110-meter hurdles. O'Brien won the 110-meter hurdles at the Heptagonal Championships last spring, and battled injury this season to finish third in the 60-meter hurdles indoors and the 110-meter hurdles outdoors.
The Gardner Millett Award was given to Bordoni, a middle-distance runner. The honor is awarded to an outstanding member of the Men's Track and field Team who excels in Sportsmanship, Courage and Inspiration, and is given annually in Memory of Gardner Millett Jr., Yale Class of 1938.
Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity