Oct. 26, 2007
NEW YORK - While an eighth-place finish at the Heptagonal Championship was not what the Elis had hoped for, it did make a mark in Ivy League history. Yale's score of 170 points was the best score of any eighth-place team in Heps history, showing the closeness of this year's race. The Elis were led by junior Jake Gallagher, who placed thirteenth.
The Princeton Tigers won the meet with a score of 38 points, ahead of Cornell's 67 and Penn's 101 points. The Tigers had a complete sweep this year, winning both the men's and women's team and individual titles. Michael Maag of Princeton won the men's race with a time of 24:37, followed by Cornell's Sage Canaday in second (24:41) and Tiger teammate Ben Sitler (24:43) in third. For the Bulldogs, Gallagher's time of 25:12 was good enough to garner second team All-Ivy honors for his top-14 finish.
The surprise of the day came from sophomore Chris Labosky, who was No. 2 for the Elis, finishing 29th in 25:30.
"Chris Labosky ran outstanding today," coach Dan Ireland said. Labosky's first appearance at the Heps Cross-Country Championships this weekend reflects significant improvement since the beginning of the season: this was his highest finish for the team this year after being the team's eighth man at the University of Maine Invitational and being the top finisher in the non-varsity open race at Pre-Nationals two weeks ago (with the same time as Yale's No. 4 and No. 5 harriers).
Captain Tadhg O'Callaghan was third for the team, finishing 41st in 25:43. He was followed closely by juniors Jared Bell (43rd in 25:46) and Murat Kayali (44th in 25:48) to round out the team scoring.
After last year's strong fourth place performance, today's result was frustrating for the Elis.
"We were very disappointed with the race today because we didn't run up to our ability. Today our goal was to show our ability at the Heps competition, and unfortunately we fell short of that," Ireland said.
Fortunately, in two weeks the Bulldogs will have a chance for redemption when they head to Boston for the NCAA Northeast Regional at Franklin Park. The regional meet will determine which teams and individuals qualify for the NCAA National Championships on Nov. 19, and also give the team another chance to test its ability against many other Ivy teams.
report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity