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Bieszard Elected 2011-12 Captain

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

Evans, Van Deventer Win Awards at Team Banquet 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs held their annual banquet on Tuesday to reflect on the season and recognize senior captain Marty Evans and senior John Van Deventer, who made special contributions to the team. By a team vote, junior Matthew Bieszard was also announced as team captain for the 2011-12 season.

A standout sprinter, Bieszard competed in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash at outdoor Heptagonals Championships last weekend as well as anchoring the 4x400-meter relay to a fourth-place finish and the 4x100-meter relay to a fifth-place finish. During indoor season, Bieszard also set the No. 3 all-time Yale indoor record in the 200-meter dash and No. 9 in the 500-meter dash.

Evans was the recipient of the James Stack '61 Award, given annually to a male and female track and field athlete who best personifies Jim Stack, the captain and leader of the 1961 team that won the "big three" (Yale vs. Harvard vs. Princeton), Heptagonal Championships and IC4A Championships. Evans was also the second-time recipient of the Lee Calhoun Award, which is presented to an "outstanding member of the Men's and Women's Track and Field Team who excels in Sprinting and/or Hurdling." The award is given annually in memory of Lee Calhoun, the men's head track coach from 1975-1980, who was a two-time Olympic gold medalist and world record holder in the 110-meter hurdles. Evans has had a decorated collegiate career, recently taking two third-place finishes in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes at outdoor Heptagonals. In an equally impressive indoor season, Evans broke the school record in the 200-meter dash at indoor IC4As and set No. 4 in the 400-meter dash with a third-place finish at indoor Heptagonals.

Van Deventer received the Gardner Millett Memorial Award, which is presented to an "outstanding member of the Men's Track and Field Team who excels in Sportsmanship, Courage and Inspiration". The award is given in memory of Gardner Millett Jr., Yale Class of 1938. Van Deventer has had an inspirational senior year, competing for the first time after battling injuries that sat him out for three years. Despite having to limit his training because of continual injuries this season, Van Deventer medaled in the 1,500-meter run at Heptagonals with a third-place finish and set No. 13 all-time Yale outdoor in the event. In indoor season, Van Deventer anchored a gut-wrenching 4:02.8 mile split in the distance medley relay at indoor Heptagonals to finish second, earning the team all-Ivy honors and setting No. 7 all-time Yale indoor. 

Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity