Freshman Leads Team, Five Athletes Run Personal Bests
NEW BRITAIN, Conn.—In the final regular season race of the 2016 season, the Elis sent seven athletes to the CCSU Mini Meet hosted by Central Connecticut State University on Friday. These athletes raced the five-kilometer course against many local competitors and finished third as a team with 106 points, behind Boston University (40 pts.) and CCSU (66 pts.). Many of the Bulldogs raced close together, with less than 12 seconds separating the Elis' first and fifth finishers.
Freshmen composed two of the Elis top five on Friday, with freshman Peter Ryan leading the team. He finished 15th with a time of 15:26.6 in his first collegiate five-kilometer race. Junior Scott Meehan finished just behind Ryan as the second scorer for the team in 16th place. His time of 15:27.6 is a personal best of more than 10 seconds. Junior Thomas Gmür was the Elis' third finisher. He placed 24th in 15:37.5 for a slight personal best.
Freshman James Lewis was the other freshman to finish in the team's top five. Lewis and senior Tim Cox both set large personal bests with strong races. Lewis placed fourth on the team and 26th overall with a time of 15:38.1, a personal best of more than 30 seconds. Cox finished 28th, just 0.3 seconds behind Lewis, with a personal-best time of 15:38.4. This marks an improvement of more than 15 seconds for the senior athlete.
The final two competitors for the Bulldogs on Friday were freshman Austin Stoner and junior Michael Yuan. Stoner took 43rd place to finish as the Elis' first displacer, completing the course in 15:52.1. Yuan finished in 16:02.8 for 58th place, achieving a sizeable personal best of nearly 35 seconds.
A few of these athletes, and especially the top finishers, might earn a spot on the team's roster for the Ivy League Championships, but for the rest, this marks the end of the 2016 cross country racing season.
Full results from the meet can be found here. The team will race next weekend at the Ivy League Cross Country Championships.
Report by Joseph Battles '18, Yale Sports Publicity