September 30, 2009

Bulldogs Seek Redemption at Harvard

Dual Meet Marks Mid-season

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – One of the oldest rivalries in the nation will face off this Friday in the 96th annual Harvard-Yale meet at Franklin Park in Boston. 

The Bulldogs will be looking to redeem last year’s loss at home against the Crimson. They have a history of doing well on the Crimson’s home course; according to head coach Dan Ireland, the Bulldogs have won the dual meet at Franklin Park for the last 20 years. 

“It would be nice to continue that streak,” Ireland said.

Ireland expects big performances from senior Jeff Perella, junior Max Walden, and sophomore Conor Dooney, who rounded out the top three in the team’s last race at the Iona Meet of Champions in New York City. Dooney placed an impressive 11th out of 203 runners with a time of 25:49.29. The Bulldogs also finished fourth, 10 places ahead of the Crimson.

However, the dual meet may prove more competitive. Ireland said the results are hard to predict since the Crimson has not been competing with all their runners. The smaller number of competitors also changes the race strategy for both teams.

“It’s less about how fast you run, but more about how competitive and tough you are,” Ireland said.

The meet is also a chance to gauge the Bulldogs’ progress halfway into the season, especially since the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships will take place at Franklin Park this year.

“We’re healthy, training well, and looking for results,” Ireland said. 

The men’s race starts at 1:00 p.m. Results will be posted on YaleBulldogs.com after the meet.

Report by Miriam Cho ‘13, Yale Sports Publicity