Bulldogs Face Off Against Ivy Rivals Harvard and Princeton

David Soiles (photo by Mike Boucher)

Tri-meet Will Be Last Regular Season Meet

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs will compete against Ivy rivals Harvard and Princeton this Saturday in Princeton, N.J. The men have not lost to the Crimson for the past several years and will shoot for another victory. The flat track in Princeton's Jadwin Gymnasium will also be good practice for the same surface at Heptagonals two weeks from now. Head coach David Shoehalter hopes the tri-meet will serve as a mental springboard heading into the post-season.

"It's less about running fast times and making longer distances - it's more about competing, beating people," Shoehalter said.

The Bulldogs certainly have been putting on impressive performances in the last few weeks. Junior David Smith has consistently placed in the top spots in the shot put, while freshman Mike Levine has done the same in the weight throw. Sophomore Yifan Chen looks confident going into the triple jump after notching a PR at last week's Giegengack Invitational. Senior Reynolds Holmes will also be defending his win in the long jump from last year's tri-meet.

Senior Chris Labosky, who ran the fourth-fastest Yale indoor time in the 800-meter run at the Giegengack Invitational, should build off his third-place finish from the tri-meet last season. Junior Jeff Perrella also looks ready to top his third-place finish from last year's tri-meet in the 3000-meter run after running an IC4A-qualifying time last week. In his first collegiate appearance in the mile, sophomore Conor Dooney ran an impressive race last Saturday that also qualified him for the IC4As. The 4x800 meter relay team with Labosky, freshman Chris Ramsey and other strong distance runners, will aim for another win this year.

In the sprints, sophomore Matt Bieszard moved into the top 10 at Yale for the indoor 200-meter dash last week, while Marty Evans proved his speed in the 60-meter dash. Senior Ted Galligan should also place well in the 60-meter hurdles again this week. Bieszard, Evans, senior David Soiles, as well as others, should prove strong in the 4x400-meter relay.

Both the Crimson and the Tigers are coming off successful weekends and will challenge the Bulldogs this Saturday. The Crimson won their annual Battle of Beantown at home, while the Tigers, last year's runner-up at indoor Heptagonals, won the Sykes-Sabock Challenge at Penn State. Nevertheless, the Bulldogs have talented athletes across the board; now they will work on getting into a competitive mode going into Heptagonals.

The meet will start at 10 a.m. Results will be posted on yalebulldogs.com after the meet.

Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity