September 13, 2012

Bulldogs Race for Redemption Versus Harvard

Rivalry Match Historically Brings Out Best of Both Sides

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.

At any rate, the race figures to be tightly contested. The Bulldogs' performance at Fordham vaulted them from unranked to 9th in the Northeast Region. Harvard sits one spot behind in the rankings at 10th.

If last weekend's results are any indication, the Elis appear to be in vastly better condition than they were at this point last year. There was no clearer evidence of this improvement than the winning effort of sophomore Matthew Nussbaum, who triumphed at Van Cortlandt Park in a personal-record time of 26:10.53. Nussbaum was immediately followed by senior captain Kevin Lunn, who shaved nearly a minute off his time on the course last year. Freshman Kevin Dooney, senior Timothy Hillas and sophomore Jacob Sandry also scored for the Bulldogs.

Beating Harvard is always one of the barometers by which Yale teams measure their seasons, and the Elis are going into the race confident and focused.

"Beating Harvard is important primarily because they are our fiercest and oldest rival," said senior Sam Kirtner. "Also, for our team this season, beating Harvard would give us confidence that we are better than last year and would set the tone for a successful season."

The gun for the men's race goes off at 5:00 p.m. on Friday evening. A map of the Course at Yale may be found here, and results will be available after the meet's conclusion on www.yalebulldogs.com.

Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity