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Bulldog Runners Blow Away Competition at Giegengack Invitational

Paedyn Gomes (left) and Austin Loewen (photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)
Paedyn Gomes (left) and Austin Loewen (photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)


NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Several of the Elis' runners put on a clinic in the distance and sprinting events on the second and final day of the Giegengack Invitational at Coxe Cage. Though the meet was unscored, the Bulldogs dominated in events across the board. 

The highlight of the day was the performances of the Bulldogs' cadre of distance runners.  In the 3000-meter run, junior Thomas Gmür ran away with first place, finishing in a time of 8:22.63. Seniors James Randon and Andre Ivankovic took first and second place respectively in the mile run, separated by less than two-tenths of a second with times of 4:04.63 and 4:04.81. They blew away the third-place finisher, Stephen Lewandowski of La Salle, by almost seven seconds. This meet was Randon's first crack at the mile run this season, an event in which he holds the Yale record.

The Elis found success elsewhere on the track as well. Junior Paedyn Gomes finished an unsurprising first in the 60-meter hurdles, and sophomore Austin Laut placed first in the pole vault. Freshmen Vincent Vaughns and Kyle Macauley took first and second place in the 60-meter dash. Both Vaughns and Macauley have notched consistent top-three finishes in their sprint events throughout the start of the season.

After competing in the weight throw yesterday evening, the Bulldog throwers finished out the meet today with a first-place finish by junior Jake Hoops in the shot put. Senior Luke Persichetti placed fourth in the event, which continues to be a strength for the team.

Full results from today's meet are available here. The Bulldogs have one more meet before the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, the Valentine Invitational at Boston University next Saturday, February 11.

Report by Olivia Paschal '18, Yale Sports Publicity