Personal Records Abound on Day One
PRINCETON, N.J. – The Bulldogs excelled both on the track and in the field events on first day of the Sam Howell Invitational at Princeton. Junior Mike Levine brought the highlight of the night with a win in the discus, but several other Elis recorded personal records and placed highly.
Levine was unfortunate to foul in four of his six attempts in the finals, but still managed to claim the victory in the discus. His heave of 50.58m was nearly three meters further than his closest competitor, but was actually slightly shorter than what he threw last week (50.79m). Levine also placed sixth in the hammer throw (56.55m), bettering his mark from last week by 6.07m.
Senior steeplechase specialist Nathan Richards got his first look of the year in his signature event, and made the most of his opportunity. Richards was sixth (9:05.08), 10.93 seconds shy of the time that qualified him for NCAA Regionals last year. Sophomore Ryan Laemel, competing in the 3000-meter steeplechase for the first time, turned in a stellar debut performance (20th – 9:40.68).
Four Bulldogs competed in the elite 1500-meter run, and three of them managed to improve their times from last week. Junior Timothy Hillas ran a personal record of 3:53.56 to finish 21st, quickly closing in on the IC4A qualifying standard of 3:51.00. Freshmen John McGowan (3:54.52) and Jacob Sandry (3:56.56) both posted their best collegiate times in taking 28th and 36th place, respectively. Junior Sam Kirtner was 52nd in 4:00.61.
Junior Kevin Lunn, who emerged as Yale's top cross country runner in the fall season, ran the 10,000-meter run for the first time on a track. He crossed the line in 30:53.35, good for 23rd place. Shortly behind him was junior Matthew Thwaites with another personal record (29th – 31:02.14).
Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity