The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released its 2012 Division I Cross Country All-Academic Award recipients on Monday, naming Yale men’s cross country an All-Academic team and sophomore Matt Nussbaum an individual All-Academic honoree.
Junior Ryan Laemel assumed the captaincy of the cross country team after a vote by his teammates at the annual awards banquet on Monday. Head coach Paul Harkins described his new captain as “incredibly well-deserving” of the title, and expressed his faith that Laemel’s passion, dedication and leadership abilities would enable him to excel in the role. Laemel is a geology and geophysics major from nearby Orange, Conn. and is in Timothy Dwight College.
In its final race of the season, the Yale men’s cross country team preformed to expectations by nabbing eighth place at the NCAA Division I Northeast Region Championships with 248 points. Times on the course at Hammonasset State Park were quite fast, and the Bulldogs’ result was a major improvement over last year’s 11th-place showing. The team title went to No. 4 Iona (45 points), putting an end to No. 14 Syracuse’s three-year streak.
Friday brings the culminating moment of the Bulldogs’ 2012 campaign: the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships, which Yale is co-hosting along with Fairfield University. 38 teams will traverse the course at Hammonasset State Park in Madison, Conn., each vying for a coveted berth in the NCAA National Championships.
Behind a phenomenal showing from its younger runners, Yale placed sixth at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Saturday at Princeton University. The Bulldogs’ 158 team points landed them between fifth-place Harvard (131 points) and seventh-place Penn (185 points). No. 23 Princeton (26 points) upset No. 10 Columbia (58 points) to claim the team title for the third consecutive year.
Sophomore Matthew Nussbaum was named to the All-Ivy Second Team for his 10th-place finish at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Saturday at Princeton University. Nussbaum, who two weeks ago ran the fastest 8K time by a Yale cross country runner in more than four years, managed to slice another 21 seconds off his PR at Heps, crossing the finish line in 24:05.0. He has been the fastest and most consistent Eli runner all season.
The Bulldogs will make the short trek to Princeton, N.J., this Saturday to compete at the season’s signature event, the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships (Heps). The meet is traditionally considered a gauge by wich the success of a season is measured – the Elis were sixth in 2011, and are hoping to improve upon that result this weekend. Their toughest competition will likely come from No. 10 Columbia and No. 23 Princeton, though Dartmouth and Harvard also bring very strong teams.
All five of Yale’s scorers placed in the top 10, and the Elis came away with a resounding victory at the Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) Mini-Meet on Friday afternoon. The Bulldogs bested 11 other teams, and their total score of 26 points was a full 60 beneath second-place CCSU. Times on the five-kilometer course at Stanley Park were slowed by rainy weather and muddy conditions, but the team raced as a pack and saw some standout individual showings.
The Bulldogs will make the short trek to New Britain, Conn., on Friday to compete at the Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) Mini-Meet. The meet, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, is known by its diminutive title because the course at Stanley Park is only five kilometers instead of the customary eight kilometers. With Heps looming on the horizon next week, the shorter distance will allow the Elis to get in some speed work without the punishment of a full 8K.
Racing at their largest and most competitive meet of the season, the Bulldogs claimed 40th place at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational with 1042 total points. The Elis finished ahead of Ivy League foes Brown and Cornell, but behind Dartmouth, Harvard and Princeton. No. 8 Stanford pulled off the upset to take the team title, topping a field that included 20 nationally ranked teams, including six of the top ten teams in the country.
This Friday the Bulldogs are bound for Madison, Wisc., where they will be faced with their toughest test of the year. The Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, now in its fourth year, has emerged as one of the nation’s premier meets, and probably the most competitive race other than the National Championships. This year’s field features 46 teams from across the country, 20 of which are nationally ranked.
The Bulldogs lived up to their own high expectations at the New England Championships on Sunday, riding their tight grouping to a third-place finish out of 37 competing teams. Personal records were set by six of Yale’s front seven, combining for a point tally (142) that was bettered only by Dartmouth (83) and Boston College (123). Among those bested by the Elis were defending champs UConn (364 points) and nine other Connecticut teams.
The Bulldogs will travel to Stanley Park in Westfield, Mass., on Sunday to square off against more than 40 regional schools at the New England Championships. The meet is one of the largest of the season, and will feature familiar adversaries Brown and Dartmouth along with area rivals New Haven, Quinnipiac, Southern Connecticut and reigning champion UConn.
Seven Bulldogs finished within a minute of each other to combine for a seventh-place result on Friday at the Paul Short Invitational with 255 total points. As a unit, it was Yale’s best performance of the season, as they competed against 36 highly competitive teams, including all but one member of the Ivy League. The Elis avenged their loss to Harvard in a dual meet two weeks ago by topping the Crimson (13th – 421 points) this time, along with sides from Columbia (8th – 405 points), Brown (14th – 454 points) and Princeton (37th – 1044 points).
After a week off, the Bulldogs are back in action this Friday when they travel to the campus of Lehigh University to compete in the Paul Short Invitational. Due to its size and caliber, the team has been looking forward to this race all year.
Running on their home course, the Bulldogs fell to Harvard by a score of 21 points to 38. The team result notwithstanding, the Elis have much to be proud of from the race. Freshmen Ahmad Aljobeh, Alex Conner and Duncan Tomlin, sophomores Tom Harrison, John McGowan and Matthew Nussbaum, and seniors Timothy Hillas, Kevin Lunn and Matthew Thwaites all bettered their personal records at the 8-kilometer distance.
Coming off a resounding victory at the Fordham Fiasco last week, the Bulldogs look to continue riding their momentum this Friday when Harvard comes to town for the annual rivalry showdown. This meet has gone back and forth between the two programs over the past few years, with home field advantage proving a significant factor. The Crimson got the best of the Elis last year in Cambridge, but this time around Yale is the home team and the favorite.
In the opening meet of the season, the Elis turned in a dominant performance at the Fordham Fiasco, running away with the Division I team title by claiming six of the top seven spots for only 18 total points. The race featured six Division I teams and 13 Division II and III teams, with Yale topping them all. Though impressive individual results abounded, the Bulldogs were ignited by the emergence of sophomore Matthew Nussbaum, who won the race in a personal-record time of 26:10.53.
The Elis kick off their cross country season this Saturday at the Fordham Fiasco meet, an event so named for the miscues that any opening day might bring. 22 teams will descend upon the Bronx-area campus, including Columbia and a number of strong Division III schools. Having managed an impressive third-place finish at this meet last year, the Bulldogs know the course at Van Cortlandt Park well and have succeeded upon it before
After three months away, the Bulldogs have returned to Yale’s campus primed and ready for the 2012 cross country season. Led by a strong core of seniors, the Elis return most of their top squad from last year and have their eyes set on a significant leap in the Ivy League standings. This year’s team will be bolstered by the addition of a deep crop of freshmen and senior track and field captain and middle distance ace Tim Hillas.