Bulldogs Place Fourth at Heptagonals

Alex Harris. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Alex Harris. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

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PRINCETON, N.J. – After two days of competition, the Bulldogs placed fourth with 64 points at the annual Heptagonal Championships, hosted by Princeton on Saturday and Sunday. Cornell took the team title with 188 points with Princeton in second with 152 points. The fourth-place finish, which is an improvement from both indoor season Heptagonals and last year's outdoor Heptagonals, bodes well for a strong Bulldog team in the upcoming years.

Both sprint relays took top spots with new season bests. The 4x100 meter relay team of senior Reynolds Holmes, juniors Marty Evans and Chris Stanley and sophomore Matt Bieszard took second with a season best of 40.95, Cornell edging them by only three-hundredths of a second. Evans and Bieszard later teamed up with seniors Remi Ray and David Soiles to place third in the 4x400-meter relay, running a season best by over two seconds (3:14.13). In the 200-meter dash, Evans and Bieszard continued to rack up points as they went 2-3 in 21.60 and 21.70, respectively. Bieszard also scored for the Bulldogs in the 100-meter dash with a fourth-place finish in 10.94 seconds, his second sub-11 time this season. Senior Ted Galligan also placed fifth in the 400-meter hurdles in 53.80. In the 400-meter dash, Ray placed seventh in 50.07, only missing scoring position by one spot.

The distance runners also earned several points for the team. The Bulldogs scored 11 points in the steeplechase with senior Alex Harris taking third with a PR of 9:04.08, only his second time racing the event this season, junior Matt Bogdan taking fourth in 9:05.01 and sophomore Nathan Richards in sixth in 9:09.87. Senior Chris Labosky scored big points in the 800-meter run, placing second in 1:50.20, only a tenth of a second off his season best. In the 5,000-meter run, junior Jeff Perrella went 11th (14.36.85), and sophomore Jake McKenzie went 14th (14.56.18). In the last distance race of the day, the 4x800-meter relay placed sixth in 7:50.28.

On the field, junior David Smith placed ninth with a throw of 15.37m. Freshman Mike Levine also finished 11th in the discus (43.05).

While Heptagonals marks the end of the season for most of the team, a group of Bulldogs will return to Princeton next weekend to compete in the IC4A Championships from May 14-16. They will get the chance to compete against athletes from other Division I schools from in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions who have qualified by meeting the outdoor standards.

Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity