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Bulldogs’ Best at Boston

Matthew Bieszard (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Matthew Bieszard (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Terrier Invitational Brings Out PRs

BOSTON – The Bulldogs came away with several PRs in their first major competition of the season at the Boston University Terrier Invitational. Although only a select group of athletes competed on Saturday, it was quality over quantity when it came to their performances. David Shoehalter, the Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, said he was pleased with the day's results.

"We definitely got what we wanted out of the meet – we wanted to run fast times and a couple of the guys did just that," Shoehalter said.

Senior captain Marty Evans ran a personal best of 48.47 in the 400-meter dash, dominating his heat and placing 11th overall. Evans followed with a seventh-place finish in the 200-meter dash, matching his PR of 21.87 from last week. Both times are well within the IC4A qualifying standard. Junior Matthew Bieszard also had an impressive day, leading from the gun in the 500-meter dash to win his heat and come in third overall, clocking in an IC4A-qualifying time of 1:04.50 in his first appearance in the event. Senior Chris Stanley also took first in his heat in the 400-meter dash to place 31st overall (50.40), while freshman Dana Lindberg and Stanley placed 38th (22.72) and 44th overall (22.82), respectively, in the 200-meter dash. In the short sprints, freshman Daniel Jones took first in his heat to qualify for finals and 12th place overall in the 60-meter dash.           

The freshmen distance runners who competed on Saturday, freshmen James Shirvell and Michael Pierce, both came away with impressive races. In his first college mile, Shirvell shaved seven seconds off his high school PR to run 4:14.26, qualifying for IC4As, and place 22nd out of 125 runners. Pierce won his heat in the 1000-meter run to place seventh overall (2:30.32), also his first time in the event with a five-second PR. Seniors Itse Begho (4:21.66) and Matt Bogdan (4:32.37) also competed in the mile.

Sophomore Mike Levine threw 15.95m in the weight throw to place ninth, along with senior David Smith who threw 13.27m. In the shot put, freshman Stefan Palios and Smith threw 14.09m and 13.27m, respectively.

The Bulldogs will return home next weekend to host the Giegengack Invitational on Feb. 4-5. 

Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity