Local Meet Prepares Runners for Harvard-Yale
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a strong opening performance at the Dartmouth Invitational last weekend, the Bulldogs will have the rest of their squad race for the first time this season at the Quinnipiac Invitational on Saturday. Although the Bulldogs will only run four individuals and will not be eligible to score as a team, head coach Dan Ireland said the meet will allow those runners to get a race in before the Harvard-Yale dual meet at home on Sept. 24.
"It's a nice local meet for them to open," Ireland said.
The senior trio of David Demres, Chris Scavone and James Wyper, along with freshman Michael Cunetta will represent the Bulldogs this weekend. Wyper is returning to cross country competition after battling illness last season. It will also be Cunetta's debut on the collegiate running scene.
"I'm looking forward to seeing what (Cunetta) can do over that distance," Ireland said.
The invitational will be a tri-meet with Stonehill on an 8K course that winds through the Quinnipiac campus in Hamden, Conn. Last year, the Bulldogs put on a strong performance, placing fourth out of 11 schools.
The Skyhawks, ranked 19th in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II preseason poll, enter the meet with a win at the Trinity College Invitational from last weekend. The Bobcats competed at the Stony Brook Seawolves Invitational last week and finished fourth.
Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity