DePalo and McKenzie Score for Bulldogs at Heptagonals
Labosky Notches Top Seed for 1000-meter Run Finals
HANOVER, N.H. – The Bulldogs finished out the first day of Heptagonal Championship with six points, tied with UPenn and four points behind Dartmouth and Harvard. Although not every event went as planned, several individuals made a number of surprising performances to score points in unexpected places.
Senior Eric DePalo made a huge upset in the pole vault by placing fourth in 16-00.75. Originally seeded 14-09.00, he made a new a season best by more than a foot and also qualified for the IC4As. Sophomore Jake McKenzie also surprised the rest of the field in the 3,000-meter run by finishing fifth in 8:37.64, another season best. This was only his second time racing in the event this season.
The Bulldogs also qualified several for finals on Sunday. Senior Chris Labosky cruised to victory in the 1,000-meter run preliminaries with a new season best of 2:26.84, running well below IC4A-qualifying time. He finished more than two seconds ahead of the rest of his competitors. In the 400-meter dash, both junior Marty Evans and sophomore Matt Bieszard made it to finals. Bieszard (49.24 seconds) will be seeded third, and Evans (49.72 seconds) will be seeded seventh in the finals. Senior Ted Galligan also qualified in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.45 seconds.
Senior David Soiles narrowly missed finals in the 500-meter dash by one person, only .14 seconds behind him. Sophomore Conor Dooney and senior Kevin Brown, who went 11th (4:19.98) and 12th (4:20.02) respectively in the mile trials, also barely missed qualification.
Sunday’s competition will start off with the men’s heptathlon 60-meter hurdles at 10:30 a.m. and end with the women’s 4x400-meter relay at 4:30 p.m. A complete schedule can be found here. Up-to-the-minute results are posted on IvyLeagueSports.com, and complete results will be posted on Yalebulldogs.com after the meet. Hepstrack.com is also providing live coverage.
Report by Miriam Cho ’13, Yale Sports Publicity