Seniors Lead Team into Highlight Meet
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The height of the indoor season arrives this weekend with the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. The meet will take place on both Saturday and Sunday at Dartmouth's Leverone Fieldhouse, and the Bulldogs are looking to build off of last year's fourth place finish. Head coach David Shoehalter is expecting several Bulldogs, particularly the seniors, to play a key role at the meet.
"(The seniors) know what the meet is about and they know how to compete," Shoehalter said.
One standout senior, Chris Labosky, looks ready to score in the 1,000-meter run after a win at the Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet two weeks ago.
"The middle distance races are always very, very competitive, but he's looking good at practice," Shoehalter said.
Freshman Chris Ramsey is another middle distance runner who should contribute for the Bulldogs. They have a number of contenders in the longer distances as well. Junior Jeff Perrella will compete in the 3,000-meter run, having ran an IC4A-qualifying time in the event at the Giegengack Invitational, while junior Max Walden holds the top seed in the 5,000-meter run. Other key runners include senior Kevin Brown, junior Matt Bogdan and sophomore Conor Dooney.
In the sprints, the Bulldogs will look toward the trio of senior David Soiles, junior Marty Evans and sophomore Matt Bieszard. Evans currently has the third-fastest time in the league for the 200-meter dash, while both Evans and Bieszard have consistently ran well in the 400-meter dash. Soiles is coming into the meet after a win in the 500-meter dash at Harvard-Yale-Princeton. Senior Ted Galligan and junior Nathan Molina should also contribute in the sprints. With its solid group of sprinters, the Bulldogs should be able to field another impressive team in the 4x400-meter relay aft er placing third at last year's indoor Heptagonals.
In the field events, junior Reynolds Holmes, who holds the fifth-best mark for the long jump in the league this season, will look to build off his fourth-place finish from last year.
Sophomore Yifan Chen will aim for another big performance in the triple jump after his breakthrough PR at the Giegengack Invitational. In the throws, junior David Smith is also coming off of a huge PR in the shot put from Harvard-Yale-Princeton, and freshman Mike Levine has consistently placed in the top spots in the weight throw. Senior Eric DePalo will also represent the Bulldogs in the pole vault.
Now that they have undergone the physical training needed to perform well at this point in the season, the Bulldogs have focused on mental training for the last two weeks.
"It's more about getting themselves into competitive mode," Shoehalter said. "The guys are excited about it, and they're ready to compete."
Cornell will be defending its title, while a strong Princeton team looks to challenge them.
Saturday’s competition will kick off with the men’s heptathlon 60-meter dash at 10 a.m. and end with the women’s 200-meter dash at 4:30 p.m. Final events for the men on Saturday include the shot put, pole vault, long jump and 3,000-meter run. Sunday’s competition starts with the men’s heptathlon 60-meter hurdles at 10:30 a.m. and concludes with the women’s 4x400-meter relay at 4:30 p.m. All-Ivy selections will be determined at the meet with event winners on the first team and runners up on the second team. A complete schedule can be found here. Up-to-the-minute results will be posted on IvyLeagueSports.com, and complete results will be posted on Yalebulldogs.com after the meet. Hepstrack.com will also be providing live coverage.
Report by Miriam Cho ’13, Yale