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Bulldogs With 12 Victories at Harvard-Yale Meet

Jimmy Shih. (photo by Steve Musco)
Jimmy Shih. (photo by Steve Musco)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's track and field team competed earlier today at the Harvard-Yale dual meet, falling to the Crimson 83 to 78 in what shaped up to be a very tight battle between the rival schools. Individually, the Bulldogs were victorious in the majority of today's events: of the 19 events contested, 12 of them were won by a Yale athlete. 

The Bulldogs kicked-off their string of victories with the 4x100m relay in which the team of Paedyn Gomes, Vincent Vaughns, Kyle Macauley, and Alex McIntyre ran a time of 41.12. Gomes returned to the track for the 110mH, winning handily with a time of 14.17. Ben Shelley joined Gomes in the 110mH, finishing fourth with a time of 15.99. Jackson Chapman and Jonathan Ascher finished third and fourth, running 57.40 and 58.91, respectively.

Matt Chisholm and Neil Braganza were very solid today, taking first and second in the 3,000m steeplechase. Chisholm ran 9:57.74 and Braganza ran 10:08.34 in his steeplechase debut. In the 1500m run, Allen Siegler powered down the home-stretch, passing a pack of Harvard runners to take the victory with a time of 3:54.33. James Lewis (4:01.44), Michael Yuan (4:03.14), Austin Stoner (4:05.41), Alex Whittaker (4:06.99), and Zach Capello (4:21.45) all competed in the 1500m run as well.

Vaughns and Macauley throttled the 100m dash, placing first and second with times of 10.50 and 10.77, respectively. Alex Young and McIntyre also competed in the 100m dash, placing fourth and sixth, with times of 10.95 and 11.21, srespectively. Vaughns continued his dominance in the 200m dash, winning that event as well with a time of 21.50. Ekrem Ayhan (21.98), Connor Hill (22.42), Young (22.75) and Shelley (24.26) all followed Vaughns in the 200m dash. Gregory Campbell, Jr., was the sole Bulldog to compete in the 400m dash, finishing fourth with a time of 48.96. 

The Bulldogs had a successful showing in the 800m run as well. Trevor Reinhart placed first with a time of 1:51.89, and Cameron Wyman finished second with a time of 1:53.58. Thomas Gmür (1:55.69), Will Laird (1:56.14), and Kohl Swift (2:00.31) all competed alongside Reinhart and Wyman in the 800m run. In the 3,000m run, Jonathan Lomogda (8:36.24), Armstrong Noonan (8:49.49), Charlie Gardner (8:51.21) and Patrick Perry (8:54.01) all competed well against stiff competition from Harvard. Lomogda finished in third, scoring for the Bulldogs.

The 4x400m relay team of Campbell, Jr., Hill, Ayhan, and McIntyre closed out the day on the track for the Bulldogs, finishing runner-up with a time of 3:20.88.

Austin Laut was victorious in the pole vault, winning a jump-off against a Harvard athlete, vaulting 5.12m. Spencer O'Neill won the high jump in a jump-off against fellow Bulldog CJ McCord, with a jump of 1.89m. McCord also jumped 1.89m, placing second.

Jimmy Shih went to new lengths in the triple jump, winning with a mark of 14.87m, and in the long jump, placing second with a mark of 7.13m. Carl Mansson and Mike Koller joined Shih in the long jump, placing fourth and fifth with marks of 6.60m and 6.28m, respectively. Mansson also completed in the triple jump, placing third with a jump of 12.26m.

In the throwing events, Jake Hoops won the shot put with a throw of 15.31m, and finished second in the discus throw with a mark of 44.36m. Andrew Rochon also had a solid day, placing third in the shot put with a throw of 13.48m, and fourth in the discus throw with a mark of 36.11m.

Today's efforts were promising for the Bulldogs, and they showcased that they are starting to gear-up as the season progresses, with Ivy Heps only three weeks away. When asked about the team's performance today, Vaughns, after winning two events and being on a winning relay team today, commented, "All of the individual wins were definitely great, but I'm also proud of people who fought their way to second and third places. At the end of the day those points count, and though things didn't go our way, we had a lot of great performances to be proud of."

Results from the meet can be found here. The Bulldogs will be traveling to Charlottesville, Va., next week for the Virginia Challenge hosted by the University of Virginia.


Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity