Oct. 6, 2007
BOSTON - This weekend, the Yale men's cross country team rested its top 10 runners in preparation for the Pre-National meet next Saturday. But that didn't stop the Bulldogs from giving a strong showing at the New England Championships at Franklin Park.
Conditions were far from ideal: the runners had to battle with heat and dust on an unusually warm day. The Bulldogs finished 27th overall, while Brown took the team title with a score of 95 points. Patrick Mellea from Boston College won the individual title, completing the 8,000-meter course in 24:45. Freshman Max Walden was the top finisher for Yale, placing 69th in a time of 26:30 despite the rough conditions. He was followed by fellow freshman Matthew Bogdan, who clocked a time of 26:55 to finish 107th. The other three scorers for the Bulldogs were also underclassmen, comprised of sophomores Bryce Scanlan (158th, 27:46) and Kevin Brown (178th, 28:10) and freshman David Demres (181st, 28:13).
Head Coach Daniel Ireland was pleased with the effort of the young team members today, especially considering their inexperience at the longer collegiate distances.
"The two freshmen are still learning how to race the five-mile distance," Ireland said. This was only Walden's second collegiate competition and eight-kilometer race.
Next week the top 10 Bulldogs will travel to Terre Haute, Ind., to compete against many of the nation's best cross country teams in the Pre-National Meet hosted by Indiana State University.
Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity