Bulldogs' Star Sophomore Finishes Eighth at Heptagonal Championships
PRINCETON, N.J.—With his eighth-place finish on Saturday at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships (Heps), Yale men's cross country team sophomore Kevin Dooney was named to the the All-Ivy second team. Dooney was just seven seconds shy of being named to the All-Ivy first team, as Ivy League rules state that the top seven finishers at Heps are named to the All-Ivy first team, while the eighth- through 14th-place finishers are named to the second team.
Dooney finished in 23:56.6, finishing first on the team for the third time this season and easily outrunning his previous 8K personal record—a 24:32.4 set at the Pre-National Invitational on Oct. 19. Dooney was in 13th place after the first mile of Saturday's race—and in 12th after the third mile—before doing some of his best running in the race's final two miles, during which he moved up four spots.
"Dooney ran really tough today," said Head Men's Cross Country Coach Paul Harkins. "His workouts have been going really well, and he had his sights set on finishing in the top 10. It was an awesome run and the highest finish for a Yale guy at Heps in quite some time."
After being one of just two freshmen to run the 8K in under 25:00 last season, Dooney has quickly progressed to become one of the team's top athletes this season. After finishing eighth on the team at the Harvard-Yale season opener, Dooney finished fifth on the team at the Iona Meet of Champions before placing first on the team at the Paul Short Invitational, Pre-National Invitational and Heps—setting personal records at each race.
Dooney also emerged as one of the Elis' standouts—as well as one of the better distance runners in Yale history—as a freshman during last year's track and field season. Remarkably, last year alone, Dooney ran the fifth-fastest outdoor 10,000-meter race, 12th-fastest outdoor 5,000-meter race, 12th-fastest indoor 3,000-meter race and ninth-fastest indoor 5,000-meter race in Yale history.
Dooney will seek to continue to add to his already impressive list of accomplishments at the NCAA Division I Northeast Regional Championships at New York City's Van Cortlandt Park on Nov. 15.
Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity