October 5, 2011

Young Bulldogs Look to Make Their Mark at New Englands

Team to Compete in Largest Meet Yet

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The men's cross country team will compete at the New England Championships at Boston's Franklin Park on Saturday. The event, usually one of the largest of the season, is a chance for more athletes on the team to compete, as the majority of the team's front runners will rest in preparation for the Princeton Invitational (Oct. 15) and Heps (Oct. 29).

Freshmen Alec Borsook, Tom Harrison, Matthew Nussbaum, Isa Qasim and Jacob Sandry will join sophomore Ryan Laemel and senior Julian Sheinbaum in Yale blue on Saturday.

"I'm excited to see these guys compete as most of them haven't run since the Yale-Harvard meet" on Sept. 17, also at Franklin Park, said head coach Paul Harkins.

"I think that they have come a long way since then and they are ready to make significant improvements" on the course, he said.

The young squad will look to make strides against an enormous field on Saturday. At last year's edition of the New England Championships, 47 teams competed, hailing from all over the region. Dartmouth captured the 2010 title.

In addition to seeing more competition, the team could get a glimpse of what's to come on Saturday.

"I expect them to step up and show that Yale's future will be in good hands as these guys progress over the next couple years," commented Harkins.

The men's varsity 8k will begin at 1:15 p.m. The meet website is available here. Results will be posted on www.neicaaa.org and www.yalebulldogs.com when they are available.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity

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