Experienced Bulldogs Aim for More Success in 2004-2005

Experienced Bulldogs Aim for More Success in 2004-2005

After the graduation of only four seniors, the 2004 - 2005 Yale men's Track and Field team will have a distinctly veteran look this year. A large influx of talent in a number of different event areas should make an immediate impact. When combined with a solid group of veteran Ivy League and IC4A scorers, the outlook for the Bulldogs is bright. The news of an exciting upgrade to the track and infield in Coxe Cage makes the anticipation for the new campaign even higher, as the idea of competing and practicing on one of the top facilities in the nation has renewed the focus of the Eli athletes. Starting in December of 2004, Coxe Cage will be home to a brand new, state of the art 200m banked Mondo track and a newly surfaced Mondo infield. The new facility, combined with a tremendous influx of talent, ushers in a new era of optimism for Yale Track and Field.

Sprints and Hurdles - Over the last ten years the sprints and hurdles have been one of the foundations of Bulldog Track and Field success. 2004 - 05 should prove to be no different from years past as the Elis field one of the strongest sprint / hurdles groups in the Ivy League. Junior Rob deLaski leads a tremendous group of long sprinters, and comes off of a terrific sophomore season in which he was a scorer in the 500m at the indoor Ivy League Championships and anchored Yale's 4X4 relay to scoring performances both indoors and out. His classmate Kevin Alexander improved tremendously as a sophomore earning a spot in the finals at the indoor Ivy League Championship and running into the all time Yale top 10 in both the 200m and 400m outdoors. They'll be joined by freshmen, Chris Tingue an all-state selection from New York in the 400m and Michael Camarda of Florida. Sophomore Corey Vaughn returns to New Haven after a years leave of absence and should return to the form that made him a finalist in the 400m as a frosh. In the short sprints Sophomore Russ Kempf will look to improve on what was an incredible freshman year. Kempf garnered all-Ivy accolades by placing second in the 60m indoors and the 100m outdoors as a frosh and will be looking for Ivy Championships in those events. He'll be pushed by classmate Omari Douglas-Hall and two promising Freshman in Victor Cheng (WA state champ at 100m) and Brandon Giles a California Southern Section finalist in the 100m and 200m. Juniors Shomari Taylor and Michael Brown come off of a great 2004 outdoor season in which both of them scored at the Ivy League Championship in the 400m hurdles. Taylor just missed all-Ivy honors by placing third, while Brown earned his first points for Yale by placing 5th. Two super freshman will be called upon for high hurdling duty and should be immediate contributors to the bulldog cause. Dan O'Brien was the runner up in the 110m hurdles in Rhode Island while his teammate in the class of 2008, James Carter was the state champ in Kansas in both the 110m hurdles and the 300m hurdles. O'brien was also the state and New England champion in the 400m.

Both sprint relays should challenge for League titles as, the mix of youngsters and experienced vets will give the coaching staff many options for staffing them.

Middle Distance - The Mid-Distance group has long been the hallmark of the Yale Track and Field team. 2004 - 05 will prove to be no different as Yale returns some of the top middle distance men in the league. 2003-2004 saw both the Indoor and Outdoor 4x800m relay teams garnered All-East recognition and the indoor squad ended the season as the Ivy League runner-up for the 2nd year in a row and posted the 4th best 3200m relay time in the nation. Outdoor, Yale was one of only four colleges that were invited to participate in all three distance relays (4x800m, DMR, and 4xMile) at the prestigious Penn Relays. Individually, Senior Captain Casey Moriarty heads the impressive group along with Senior Josh Yelsey who comes off of a break through campaign which saw him earn all-Ivy honors in the 1500m outdoors by virtue of his second place finish in that event. Yelsey also anchored Yale's school record breaking, and NCAA qualifying indoor distance medley relay in addition to qualifying for the NCAA Regionals in the 1500m. Moriarty leads a confident and hard working group of youngsters into the indoor and outdoor seasons and will look to improve on great performances of his junior year. Juniors Reed Mauser and Mark Falco earned all-East honors in 2004 as members of the IC4A scoring 4X800m relay (both indoor and outdoor) and along with Sophomores Nate Clute and Brian Gertzen will be looked upon to contribute in individual events as well. The anticipated return to form of junior Courtland Keteyian and the addition of frosh Christopher Smitson (4th place at the indoor nationals) and Matthew Bordoni a finalist in the 800m in California as a junior, make this group as formidable as ever.

Distance - Senior Cross Country Captain Lucas Meyer comes off of an MVP year in 2003 and 2004 in which was the Ivy League Champion in the 3000m steeplechase and an NCAA outdoor participant in the same event. It was Yale's first NCAA distance participant since 1991. Meyer will look to improve on his 2nd place finish in the 5000m indoors at the Ivy League Championship and leads an impressive group of distance men. Senior Casey Moriarty will split time between the mile and the longer distances and hopes to improve on his 6th place finish at the 3000m indoors at the Ivy League Championship. Senior Josh Yelsey showed tremendous range last year occasionally contributing in the 3000m as well. Junior Andy Johnson was a consistent top 7 performer last year and will look to contribute on the track in 2004-05. Super Soph David Napper comes off of a tremendous freshman campaign in which he shattered three Yale freshman records; the indoor mile, indoor 5000m and outdoor 10,000m. Sophomore Andrew Pitts should contribute after an injury riddled freshman year. Look for frosh Tadhg O'Callaghan, an Irish u19 cross country team member, Joe Kingsbery, an all-State selection in New Jersey and Connor Kilpatrick, a Washington State Cross Country runner - up to make immediate contributions.

Jumps - Junior Jihad Beauchman established himself among the top jumpers in the Ivy League in 2004 and will look to capitalize on the talent that brought him all-East honors outdoors. Beauchman placed fourth at the outdoor Ivy League Championships in the high jump and followed up that performance with a 7th place finish at the IC4A championships in the triple jump. His continued hard work and improvement will surely put him near the top of the league in the year to come. Junior Shomari Taylor has shown flashes of brilliance in the long jump and will be called upon to handle those duties along with his intermediate hurdling. Taylor will look to break into the all-time Yale top 10 in the event this year. Senior Jordan Chapman leads a talented trio of pole vaulters into the 2004 - 05 seasons. As a junior Chapman just missed qualifying for the IC4A championships in the vault. This year along with Sophomore Matt Lachman and Junior Adam Presser the vault group looks to make an impact at the Ivy League Championship level. Chapman might also be called upon to use his considerable athletic ability as a high jumper as well.

Throws - Look for Sophomore John Langhauser to improve on his great freshman campaign. He showed great potential as a Frosh and will be counted upon to contribute in both the shot put and discus on the Ivy League Championship Level. Langhauser will also be asked to add the hammer and weight throw to his repertoire. Junior Doug Czerwinski makes a return to competition in the Javelin, after a year off because of elbow surgery. After a year of hard work and rehabilitation, look for Czerwinski to make his mark at the Ivy