Dooney and Perrella Qualify for IC4As
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs closed the Giegengack Invitational with a streak of PRs and top places. Throughout the day, the seniors certainly lived up to their last competition at Coxe Cage. With talented athletes in each event, the Bulldogs look sharp going into the end of their indoor season.
Sophomore Yifan Chen kicked off the morning with a phenomenal performance in the triple jump, PRing with each jump for a best of 13.31m, placing seventh.
“I wasn’t expecting a PR,” Chen said. “But the more relaxed you are, the better you perform, especially in something technical like the jumps.”
In the rest of Saturday’s field events, junior David Smith also notched a season best of 14.81m in the shot put and placed fifth.
Junior Marty Evans, who usually runs the middle distance sprints, tested his speed in the 60-meter dash and placed fifth in 7.15 seconds.
“That was the first time I ever ran the 60-meter dash in my life,” Evans said. “It was actually a fun, beneficial experience because it will help my 200-meter start and for outdoors, the 400-meter start.”
After a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash on Friday, sophomore Matt Bieszard came back to place fifth in the 400-meter dash in 49.5 seconds. Senior Ted Galligan also qualified for the finals in the 60-meter hurdles and ran a seventh-place finish in 8.51 seconds.
The distance runners ran a slew of impressive times. Senior Chris Labosky moved from no. 5 to no. 4 for all-time Yale indoor track in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:51.07 to come in fourth place. Freshman Chris Ramsey also made a season best of 1:55.27 in the 800-meter run. Junior Max Brown came in ninth in the 1,000-meter run in 2:30.29. In his first time in the 3,000-meter run this season, junior Jeff Perrella ran a hard-fought race to come in fifth place in 8:18.69, an IC4A-qualifying time. In the mile, the Bulldogs also boasted a well-rounded squad. Out of 55 runners, sophomore Conor Dooney placed ninth (4:12.36), junior Matt Bogdan placed 11th (4:14.98), junior Max Walden placed 18th (4:19.52) and senior Kevin Brown placed 22nd (4:20.66). Although the race was Dooney’s first of the season, his time already qualified him for the IC4As.
“It was a really great start to the season. I’m kind of playing catch-up, but I’m looking forward to Heps,” Dooney said.
With their all-around impressive performance at the Giegengack Invitational, the Bulldogs look ready for the rest of the season. Their next competition is with Ivy rivals Princeton and Harvard on Feb. 13, the last regular-season meet before indoor Heptagonals.
Report by Miriam Cho ’13, Yale Sports Publicity
Video by Sam Dorward '13, Yale Sports Publicity