Underclassmen Key Yale's Performance on Day One
BOSTON – Competing at the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships at Boston University, the Elis saw their 4x400-meter relay team put together its best effort of the season (3:14.06), and advance to tomorrow's final in a thrilling race. The team of senior captain Matthew Bieszard, freshman William Rowe, freshman Mario Kranjac and freshman Dylan Hurley bettered its seed time by over 5 seconds in posting the fourth fastest time in Yale history. That milestone is particularly significant in consideration of the fact that three of the foursome are freshmen. Hurley valiantly held off Temple's Alex McGee on the anchor leg of the race to nab the final qualifying spot.
Two other Bulldogs barely missed out on qualifying individually. Bieszard was 15th in the 200-meter dash (21.71), three spots and a mere .07 seconds away from advancing. Bieszard's time was the best he has ever run indoors, and ranks him third on Yale's all-time charts.
Freshman John McGowan, who has emerged as an athlete to watch over the next four years, finished one position out of qualifying in the mile run. He took 11th place with a time (4:11.25) that was .09 seconds off of the Yale freshman record he set earlier in the year on the same track.
The Elis entered two runners into the 3000-meter run, and, despite competing in separate heats, they ran remarkably similar times. Sophomore Ryan Laemel (8:36.73), whose qualifying time was strong enough to land him in the hot heat, and junior Sam Kirtner (8:36.79) finished 25th and 26th, respectively.
Sophomore Daniel Jones came in 32nd place in the 60-meter dash (7.10).
The gun for the 4x400-meter relay final goes off at 2:45 p.m. tomorrow. Laemel is also a qualifier in the 5000-meter run, which will begin at 1:40 p.m. Full results will be available on www.yalebulldogs.com.
Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity