September 23, 2010

Bulldogs Face Off Against Harvard at Annual Dual Meet

Rivalry Brings Out Best in Both Teams

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs are looking to take back the title at the 97th Harvard-Yale dual meet at home on Friday. They will run the entire team at one of the most anticipated meets of the season, fueled by a long-standing rivalry in the Ivy League. Head coach Dan Ireland said the Bulldogs are looking forward to the annual event.

"Our goal is the same as it is every year, to beat Harvard, and the guys are confident that they can do that," Ireland said.

Last year, the Bulldogs narrowly lost to the Crimson by three points at Boston's Franklin Park for the first time in 20 years. The results could also be just as close this year, as the Bulldogs currently rank eighth and the Crimson rank ninth in the Northeast region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, although the Crimson has not yet raced their entire team this season.

Nevertheless, the Bulldogs have several runners who are ready to compete with the Crimson. Junior Sam Lynch was the Bulldogs' top runner at the Dartmouth Invitational two weeks ago, running a solid time of 25:35.06. Senior captain Max Walden and sophomore Julian Sheinbaum, who were the Bulldogs' second and third runners at Dartmouth, are also running well at this point in the season. The rest of the Bulldogs' top seven from Dartmouth, juniors Jake McKenzie and Nathan Richards and sophomores Kevin Lunn and Sam Kirtner, should also contribute. Among the Bulldogs who raced last weekend, senior Chris Scavone looks strong after coming off a win at the Quinnipiac Invitational.

The meet's long history and school rivalry may also bring out some of the best performances from the runners. 

"H-Y is a huge race for both sides and means a lot now and especially down the road.  It can bring out great performances and races that athletes will remember for the rest of their lives," Ireland said. 

The race will kick off at 4:45 p.m. Results will be posted on Yalebulldogs.com after the meet.

Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity