April 24, 2011

Bulldogs Close Larry Ellis Invitational

Small Numbers Still Bring Big Performances               

PRINCETON, N.J. – After a Friday night of impressive performances from the distance squad, the Bulldogs came back with high expectations for day two of Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational. Although most of the team did not compete, the group who did brought in several top spots and PRs in one of the largest meets of the season so far.  

On the field, sophomore Mike Levine threw his third straight IC4A-qualifying mark this season in the discus (50.13m) to place fourth, followed by senior David Smith in 11th place (43.22m).

Senior captain Marty Evans had top finishes in the sprints, taking second in his heat and ninth overall in the 400-meter dash in 49.06. Evans came back in the 200-meter dash to win his heat in 21.71 to place seventh overall. Senior Chris Stanley also competed in the 200-meter dash and finished in 22.68, his second-fastest time of the season. In the short sprints, freshman Daniel Jones was the lone competitor for the Bulldogs, finishing in 11.64. The Bulldogs did not run a team in any of the relays.

In Saturday's section of the 1500-meter run, senior James Wyper had a breakthrough race with a 10-second PR, winning his heat in 3:56.80. In the 800-meter run, junior Charlie Jaeger clocked in 1:56.56, only two-tenths of a second off his PR, to place 24th out of 72 runners.

While the majority of Bulldogs sat out on Saturday, they still came home with quality performances from both days that will propel them into next week.   

"The two steeplechasers (Matt Bogdan and Nathan Richards) ran great races. They both ran big lifetime bests and will probably qualify for nationals. Evans ran a quality 200m after a long day," said David Shoehalter, the Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field.

Momentum is what the Bulldogs want, as they will head to another major competition next week at the nationally acclaimed Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa., on April 28-30.

Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity 

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