Bulldogs "Leave it All on the Track"
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The seniors' last meet at Coxe Cage was a memorable one as the Bulldogs posted up one PR after another while fighting for places at the Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet on Saturday. The team placed third with 19 points. Although the Bulldogs did not win the meet, senior captain Marty Evans said they had many runners "leave it all on the track."
"We just had the mentality and conviction to beat people no matter what happened in the past, which is the essence of this sport," Evans said.
The throwers started the Bulldogs off strong with sophomore Mike Levine's third-place finish in the weight throw with a season best of 17.60m, almost a meter farther than his previous best. Senior David Smith also threw a PR in the weight throw (15.31m) and a season best in the shot put (14.57m), while freshman Stefan Palios threw a PR in the weight throw (12.42m).
"We had a really good transition meet going into Heps," Smith said.
Freshman Dana Lindberg also had a breakthrough performance, placing third in the long jump with a PR of 6.92m.
In the sprints, junior Matthew Bieszard took second in the 500-meter dash with a PR of 1:04.00. Freshman Daniel Jones also clocked in the third-fastest time in preliminaries (7.10), while Evans placed fourth in the 400-meter dash in 49.11, his fastest time at Coxe Cage. Evans also ran a solid lead leg in the 4x400-meter relay, along with senior Chris Stanley, senior Nathan Molina and Bieszard to run a season best of 3:18.89 and take second. In the 200-meter dash, Lindberg, Molina and Stanley went fourth (22.51), fifth (22.77) and sixth (22.85), respectively.
Riding off their impressive performances at Giegengack Invitational last week, the distance runners made another phenomenal team effort. The duo of freshman James Shirvell and senior John Van Deventer ran a strong race in the 1,000-meter run, Shirvell taking a close second with a PR of 2:25.50, only four-tenths behind the Tigers' Van Ackeren, and Deventer shaving five seconds to run a PR in 2:25.64. Shirvell passed a pack of three Tigers early on to lead most of the race until getting passed in the last 50 meters, fighting for first until the very end. The Bulldogs also had a strong showing in the mile with junior Julian Sheinbaum running a PR of 4:13.28 to place fourth and freshman Michael Pierce placing sixth in 4:14.60, a PR by more than 20 seconds. Sophomore Christopher Ramsey also ran a PR of 1:53.52 in the 800-meter run. In the 3,000-meter run, junior Nathan Richards came in first for the Bulldogs to place fifth overall (8:20.81), followed by sophomore Matthew Thwaites in ninth with a PR of 8:35.45.
The Bulldogs finished off the day with a season best of 7:50.02 in the 4x800-meter relay with the team of junior Charlie Jaeger, Ramsey, Sheinbaum and Shirvell. Although Sheinbaum dropped the baton while battling a close race with the third leg runners from the Crimson and the Tigers, he was able to finish and hand it off to the Shirvell for the final leg.
The Tigers took home the title with 114 points, the seventh consecutive time they have won since joining the Harvard-Yale meet seven years ago. Even with the Tigers' dominance at the tri-meet, David Shoehalter, the Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, said the Bulldogs' top performances from the meet will score major points at Heptagonals Championships.
"Those high quality performances are going to translate over into Heps," Shoehalter said.
The Bulldogs will take the next two weeks to gear up for Heptagonals on Feb. 26-27 in New York, N.Y.
Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity