Team to Race at Shorter Distance
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.
The Bulldogs will be making their first-ever appearance at the meet, but will find the competition quite familiar. Regional rivals in attendance will include Bryant, CCSU and Quinnipiac, all of whom the Elis defeated at the New England Championships two weeks ago. Yale's main competition will likely come from Stony Brook, which placed eighth at last week's Princeton Invitational.
The Elis are coming off a phenomenal performance themselves. Last weekend's Wisconsin Adidas Invitational saw four Bulldogs – freshman Kevin Dooney, senior Demetri Goutos, senior captain Kevin Lunn and sophomore Matthew Nussbaum – break 25 minutes in the same race. If the team can continue to string together those type of results, it has a chance to make a splash in the postseason. At Wisconsin, Nussbaum led the way for Yale for the third time this season, running a personal- and team-best 24:26.
The weekend's results were particularly impressive in light of the team's showing at the New England Championships, where Yale rested many of its top runners and still managed to produce an average time of 24:54.63.
Individually, the Bulldogs will have a chance to go after the course record of 14:46, set last year by Alex Wallace of Providence College. The men's race is slated to begin at 4:00 p.m. A course map is available here and results will be available afterward on www.yalebulldogs.com.
Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity