April 17, 2010

Bulldogs Notch Eighth Consecutive Win Against Harvard

DePalo Wins Three Events

Complete Results

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs pulled off another victory against Harvard at the annual Harvar-Yale dual meet on Saturday, making it their eighth consecutive win. With a total of 86 points, they beat the Crimson by nine points with several key performances, including senior Eric DePalo's feat of winning three events. Many athletes also achieved PRs and season bests. With all of the individual performances, team captain junior Jeff Perrella said the team worked together to beat its longtime rival.

“There were obviously performances like DePalo, but it's really about the performance of the team. Everyone was fighting tooth and nail to score points,” Perrella said. 

DePalo certainly had a day of surprises, winning the 100-meter hurdles (15.32 seconds) and the high jump (1.89m) in his first collegiate appearance in those events, in addition to winning the pole vault (4.80m). DePalo's performance in the high jump was crucial since the Bulldogs were leading the Crimson by a small margin with only the high jump and javelin remaining. The Crimson would score points for the top three spots in the javelin with no one from the Bulldogs competing. The Bulldogs needed DePalo to score at least one point in the high jump to seal the victory, but DePalo ended up winning with a height of 1.89m.

"To score in not one but three events was outrageous fun," DePalo said. "There comes times when everyone seriously has to step up to a higher plate ... and I totally did stepped my game up there, way up."

The Bulldogs took top spots in the rest of the field events as well. In the long jump, senior Reynolds Holmes defended his title from last year and won with a season best of 6.92m, while freshman Tommy Winger also had a PR of 6.58m and placed fourth. Sophomore Yifan Chen placed second with a PR in the triple jump (14.02m), and junior Samba Binagi placed fourth (13.01m). In the throws, freshman Mike Levine had another win in the discus (51.69m) and placed third in the hammer throw (50.78m), junior David Smith came through with a PR in the shot put for third place (15.67m) and took third in the discus (40.39m) and junior Jason Sullivan placed fifth in the hammer throw. 

Senior Chris Labosky, who raced the 800-meter run at Princeton on Friday night in which he ran an NCAA divisional time of 1:50.10, still had enough stamina to place second in the 800-meter run on Saturday in 1:50.74. Labosky is currently ranked 24th in the 800-meter run for the Northeast region. Freshman Chris Ramsey and senior Remi Ray also both made PRs in the 800-meter run, taking fourth (1:53.46) and fifth (1:54.25), respectively. The distance runners had several contenders in the 1500-meter run also make personal bests – sophomore Conor Dooney won in 3:52.47, Perrella crossed the line next in third (3:54.60) and sophomore Julian Sheinbaum placed fifth (3:55.54). In the 5,000-meter run, sophomore Jake McKenzie battled through the rain to finish third in 14:54.26. The Bulldogs grabbed the top three places in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, with senior Alex Harris racing the event for the first time since freshman year and winning with an IC4A-qualifying time of 9:09.53, followed by sophomore Nathan Richards (9:20.86) and junior Matt Bogdan (9:26.04).

“Max and Nathan set the pace for the entire race – those guys pulled me along and it turned out pretty well,” Harris said. “If all of us can score at Heptagonals, I think it'll be a pretty good season.”

Once again, junior Marty Evans and sophomore Matt Bieszard finished neck and neck in the 200-meter dash, this time Evans edging Bieszard by just one-hundredth of a second for first place in 21.67 seconds, while both of them ran PRs. The pair also won other events; Evans won the 400-meter dash with a PR of 48.63 seconds and qualified for IC4As, while Bieszard won the 100-meter dash in 10.91 seconds in his first sub-11 time. The Bulldogs dominated the rest of the 100-meter dash with Holmes in third (11.15), juniors Nathan Molina and Chris Stanley in fourth (11.19) and fifth (11.20) with season bests and freshman Josh Fuller in sixth (11.38). Senior Ted Galligan notched second-place finishes and season bests in both the 110-meter hurdles (15.37) and 400-meter hurdles (53.89). Senior David Soiles also placed third in the 400-meter dash (49.63).

The Bulldogs repeated its wins in both relays from last year along with new season bests. The 4x100-meter relay team of Bieszard, Holmes, Evans and Stanley won by almost three seconds with a time of 41.64 seconds. Bieszard, Evans and Stanley later teamed up with Soiles to win the 4x400-meter relay in 3:16.93.

The Bulldogs only have a couple meets left before gearing up for Heptagonals Championships on May 8-9. A select group of Bulldogs will compete in the nationally acclaimed Penn Relays next week, which runs from April 22-24. The team will return to the Dewitt Cuyler Field Complex to host the Yale Springtime Invitational on Sunday, April 26.

Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity