February 24, 2011

Bulldogs Head to Heptagonals This Weekend

Meet Marks Highlight of Indoor Season

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After two weeks without competition, the Bulldogs are eager to compete this weekend at the indoor Ivy League Heptagonals Championships, held at the Armory in New York, N.Y. The meet not only kicks off post-season, but also allows the league's best athletes to compete against each other. Although few in the number of athletes, the Bulldogs enter the meet with many top performances from their last competition at Harvard-Yale-Princeton.

"The expectation is for everybody to be on focus and to do their absolute best," said David Shoehalter, the Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field.

Senior captain Marty Evans should play a huge role for the Bulldogs, bringing in the second-fastest time in the league in the 200-meter dash and the sixth-fastest time in 400-meter dash. Junior Matthew Bieszard also holds top-10 times in those events as well as the fifth-fastest time in the 500-meter dash. Freshman Daniel Jones will lead the Bulldogs in the 60-meter dash, while seniors Nathan Molina and Chris Stanley should also contribute. The 4x400-meter relay team also looks strong, having made a season best at Harvard-Yale-Princeton, which was faster than their performance at last season's indoor Heptagonals.

The distance runners, on momentum since the Giegengack Invitational at the beginning of the month, look primed for peak performance this weekend. Freshman James Shirvell and senior John Van Deventer hold the fifth and sixth-fastest times in the league for the 1,000-meter run, respectively. The Bulldogs have several possible contenders in the mile, including juniors Conor Dooney and Julian Sheinbaum and freshman Michael Pierce. Sophomore Christopher Ramsey also looks solid with a PR in the 800-meter run in his last race. In the longer distances, junior Sam Lynchuel has posted a top 10 time in the 5,000-meter run, while junior Nathan Richards has consistently clocked in a time of 8:20 in his last two performances in the 3,000-meter run. The Bulldogs can also expect contributions from senior Max Walden, sophomore Matthew Thwaites and freshman Ryan Laemel. The distance medley relay holds the second-fastest time in the league and will aim to improve from their third-place finish from last year.

The Bulldogs will seek points on the field with freshman Dana Lindberg in the long jump, currently No. 9 in the league with a PR from Harvard-Yale-Princeton. Sophomore Tommy Winger will also look to contribute in the long jump. All three throwers, senior David Smith, sophomore Mike Levine and freshman Stefan Palios, are also coming off season bests, with Levine having the fifth-best mark in the weight throw.

Princeton and Cornell are the favorites coming into the meet. Nevertheless, the Bulldogs look forward to bringing out their best performances this weekend.

"We talk about this meet from the first day we get here," Shoehalter said. "We know the excitement of the meet and the excitement of competing against the rest of the league."

The men's competition will begin on Saturday with the 60-meter dash at 1:05 p.m. and end with the 3,000-meter run at 5:00 p.m. A complete schedule can be found here. Live results will be available at lancertiming.com, along with coverage at IvyLeagueSports.com.

Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity