May 15, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - This weekend, the Bulldogs will travel to the IC4A Championships held in Princeton, N.J. The meet, held Fri.-Sun., May 16-18, will bring together NCAA Division-I athletes from around the eastern region to compete for a team title and individual honors in twenty-one events. The IC4A, which stands for the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America, has held this meet for 132 years, making it one of the oldest track meets in the United States.
In order to compete at the meet, athletes must meet set qualifying standards. This year, Yale qualified thirteen individuals and all three relays (the 4x100-meter, 4x400-meter and 4x800-meter relays).
Yale's qualifiers are senior Victor Cheng (100-meter dash, 200-meter dash), junior Brandon Giles (100-meter dash, 200-meter dash), sophomore David Soiles (400-meter dash), sophomore Chris Labosky (800-meter run), junior Jared Bell (1,500-meter run), junior Jake Gallagher (1,500-meter run), junior Murat Kayali (1,500-meter run, 5,000-meter run), senior Dan O'Brien (110-meter hurdles), sophomore Eric DePalo (pole vault), sophomore Reynolds Holmes (long jump), junior Jeffrey Lachman (shot put, discus throw), junior Nathan Noll (discus throw) and junior Kevin Hickenbottom (javelin throw).
Friday's competition will include only the decathlon and three distance events: the 3,000-meter steeplechase, the 5.000-meter run and the 10,000-meter run. Kayali, who met the qualifying standard in the 5,000-meter run, will forgo Friday night's competition in order to focus on the 1,500-meter competition on Saturday. A complete schedule is available on the Lancer Timing website.
This is the final meet in which Yale's athletes have the opportunity to qualify for the NCAA East Regional Championships held in Tallahassee, Fla. at the end of the month. So far, seven individuals and the 4x100-meter relay have qualified for the meet.
Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity