Distance Medley Relay Takes Win at Penn Relays

Chris Stanley (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Chris Stanley (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

4x100-Meter Relay Runs Season Best

PHILADELPHIA – The Bulldogs opened the historic Penn Relays with season best performances in the relays and throws. The 117th Penn Relays, which is the oldest and longest running track and field event in the U.S., is one of the Bulldogs' season highlights as they compete amongst some of the best athletes in the nation at UPenn's Franklin Field. 

The Bulldogs swept the rest of the field in the open class distance medley relay, edging Brown by a ninth of a second in 9:50.88 and also setting No. 6 Yale all-time outdoor. Junior Julian Sheinbaum, senior captain Marty Evans, freshman James Shirvell and senior John Van Deventer ran the 1200-meter, 400-meter, 800-meter and 1600-meter legs, respectively. Their time is only .44 seconds off their performance from indoor Heptagonals over two months ago, an impressive feat since they have not raced the distance medley relay since indoor season.

The 4x100-meter relay team of freshman Daniel Jones, Evans, senior Chris Stanley and junior Matthew Bieszard also had a strong showing, clocking in a season best of 42.10. The team placed fifth in their heat and 38th overall out of 78 teams total. They also bested Princeton's team by .04 seconds, whom they will face again in Heptagonals Championships next week. 

The throwers were the only Bulldogs who competed individually at the meet. In the Championship division of the discus, sophomore Mike Levine threw a season best of 52.75m to place seventh. Though not as far as Levine's personal best, his throw is among the top six marks for all-time Yale outdoor. Senior David Smith also threw 14.83m in the shot put to come in 22nd place in the Eastern division.

The Bulldogs will continue competition on Saturday in the 4x800-meter relay. Results of the Penn Relays will be posted on thepennrelays.com and Yalebulldogs.com after the meets. A complete schedule of the Penn Relays can be found here. A live blog is also available at Pennrelaysonline.com

Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity