Weekend Brings First Officially Scored Meet of Season
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's track and field team opens Ivy League competition this Saturday when it travels to Hanover, N.H. to take on Columbia and Dartmouth. Though the Bulldogs have finished second to the Big Green in each of the past two years at the annual tri-meet, they are looking to return to the form that allowed them to win it for five straight years from 2005-2009.
The Elis' young season has been highlighted by the strength and depth of its middle distance runners. After only two meets, junior Michael Pierce (1000-meter run), junior Christopher Ramsey (800-meter run), senior Julian Sheinbaum (mile run) and sophomore James Shirvell (800-meter run) have all won races individually. Junior Timothy Hillas has also run impressive splits in the distance medley and 4x800-meter relay, and placed second in the mile run at the Yale Season Opener (4:15.14).
Although his best event, the discus, will not be offered this weekend, standout junior Mike Levine should still be able to make an impact in the weight throw. Levine has finished second in that event in each of the two previous meets, and this weekend has a good chance to win it outright. He will face tough competition, notably from Columbia's Nnena Okwara, but currently holds the best mark of the season among the field. Sophomore thrower Stefan Palios did not compete last weekend, and will be aiming to start off the new year on the right foot.
In the sprinting events, the Bulldogs field a team consisting almost entirely of underclassmen. Despite their youth, the Yale sprinters have been accumulating experience and have run well together in relays. The team of senior captain Matthew Bieszard and freshmen William Rowe, Mario Kranjac and Dylan Hurley won the 4x400-meter relay at the Yale Season Opener, and will look to do so again this weekend.
Finally, most of Yale's true distance runners will continue to pull double duty in the mile run and 3000-meter run. They will not get a chance to try the 5,000-meter run until the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Feb. 25-26. Last week, sophomore Ryan Laemel was the first Eli across the line in the 3,000-meter run, finishing in 8:36.77.
Field events are set to begin at 11:00 a.m. with the long jump, and running events start at 12:00 p.m. with the mile run. The final event is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. Results will be available after the meet at www.yalebulldogs.com.