MADISON, Wis. – The Yale men's cross country team competed earlier this morning at the Pre-Nationals meet, held in Madison, Wis. As temperatures dropped near to freezing, the Bulldogs faced delays of their start time due to frost on the course; once the race had started they not only had to race the fastest teams in the nation, but also handle the frigid conditions. The Bulldogs scored 747 points – good enough for 29th place as a team.
The Bulldogs were led by Trevor Reinhart, with his 131st place finish and time of 25:21.3. This was a solid time for Reinhart, considering it was his first 8,000m race of the season. Robert Miranda crossed the line just six seconds behind Reinhart, running 25:27.8 in 144th place. Miranda has been showing consistency throughout the first half of the season as one of the Bulldogs' top runners.
When asked about the level of intensity associated with this race, Miranda commented, "That was a fun meet, the best teams in country were there and any time you get a chance to compete with them you learn something new about yourself. We have to bring that level of intensity back into practice every day and finish the year strong."
Next through the line, finishing off the scoring effort for the Bulldogs, were Jonathan Lomogda, Cade Brown and Allen Siegler. Lomogda placed 153rd with a time of 25:37.4, not far off his season best of 25:33 set last weekend. Brown crossed the finish line in 25:43.0 for 161st place, just ahead of Siegler in 163rd with a 25:44.3.
This morning, the Bulldogs worked more tightly as a unit than they have at any race this year, and this has been a theme stressed by the team since the preseason. There were only 23 seconds separating Reinhart from Siegler; this strategy is important at big meets in order to minimize lost points to other squads. Lomogda noted this after the race was over, saying, "Overall we could have done significantly better but the highlight was the tight spread between our top five. We just need to be more aggressive and keep the pack tight going into Heps." If the Bulldogs can keep their spread low, then they should be dangerous at Ivy Heps in two weeks.
Full results from Pre-Nationals can be accessed here. The Bulldogs will compete next weekend at the CCSU Mini Meet before heading out to Ivy Heps the following week.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity