NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's track and field team competed at the Yale Springtime Invitational Sunday, its final meet of the regular season, and now has its sights set on the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships May 4-5. For some of the Bulldogs, today marked the final competition of their 2019 seasons, while the remaining athletes were likely tuning-up for the upcoming championships.
The Bulldogs got things started on the track with a victory in the 4x100m relay, thanks to the efforts of Chris Colbert, Connor Hill, Alex Young and Phil Zuccaro – their time of 42.05 was more than half of a second faster than the runner-up team. Next up was a season-best effort from Zach Capello in the 1500m run, which was his final race as a Bulldog. His time of 4:10.05 is the fastest mark he has recorded since the 2016 season. Fergal Burnett Small followed with a runner-up finish in the 400m dash, with a time of 51.53, his second-fastest of 2019.
The 800m run featured a crew of four Bulldogs: James Lewis, Austin Stoner, Kohl Swift and Alex Whittaker. Swift was the top finisher of the group, placing third with a season best time of 1:56.16; Whittaker and Stoner placed fourth and fifth, respectively with times of 1:59.08 and 1:59.70. Chris Colbert was the sole Bulldog in the 200m dash, setting a new collegiate best of 22.36 and placing third. Closing out the day on the track was Evan Pattinelli in the 5,000m run. After tactically trailing the leaders for the beginning portions of the race, Pattinelli dropped the hammer, successfully gapping the rest of the field for an 11-second victory. His final time of 15:05.38 is a new collegiate best for him.
In the high jump, Spencer O'Neill finished in third place with a mark of 1.85m (6' 0.75"). In his final home meet as a Bulldog, Cody Clements set a new personal record in the long jump, with a distance of 5.87m (19' 3.25"). Andrew Rochon competed in three throwing events, placing third in the shot put, sixth in the discus and fifth in the hammer throw. His day was highlighted by a new personal record mark of 50.73m (166' 5") in the hammer throw. Jack Dunn also competed in the hammer throw, finishing sixth with a mark of 49.17m (161' 4").
Results from today's meet can be found here. The Bulldogs will return to action May 4-5 for the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships at Princeton.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity