Bulldogs Have Strong First Day at Princeton Invitational
PRINCETON, N.J. – The Bulldogs put on an impressive first day at the Sam Howell Invitational on Friday, hosted by Princeton. The team showed their strength in the throwing and distance events, even when competing against the Tigers, this year’s indoor Heptagonals champion. The Bulldogs’ strong performance at the Weaver Track and Field Stadium is also a good sign for the rest of the season, since outdoor Heptagonals will later be held there in postseason.
Freshman Mike Levine got the Bulldogs off to a strong start with a second-place finish in the discus throw with a mark of 50.32m, beating all five of the Tigers’ contenders. He also took seventh place in the hammer throw with a mark of 51.52m.
The distance runners performed well across the board throughout the night with many of them running IC4A-qualifying times or getting closer to making those times. The Bulldogs took some of the top spots in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with junior Matt Bogdan finishing in fifth place (9:03.21) and sophomore Nathan Richards right behind him in sixth place (9:04.97). Both of them improved their times from the same race at William & Mary. Sophomore Jake McKenzie, the Bulldogs’ lone competitor in the 5,000-meter run, did exceptionally well by coming in ninth out of 46 runners. His time of 14:37.48 is only a second and a half away from qualifying for IC4As. In the 10,000-meter run, junior Max Walden placed 10th and qualified for IC4As with a time of 31:06.55, while sophomore Sam Lynch finished not far behind in 12th place (31:45.37).
In the 1,500-meter run, sophomore Conor Dooney and senior Kevin Brown took 12th (3:53.21) and 14th place (3:54.12), respectively, both of them only seconds away from the IC4A-qualifying standard of 3:51. Dooney ran a faster time than his performance at William & Mary two weeks ago, while Brown ran only a second off his PR.
The Bulldogs will continue competing on Saturday with field events will start at 11 a.m. and running events will start at 12 p.m. A complete schedule can be found here.
Report by Miriam Cho ‘13, Yale Sports Publicity