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Bieszard Carries Bulldogs at Larry Ellis Invitational

Matt Nussbaum. (Photo by Tom Cable)
Matt Nussbaum. (Photo by Tom Cable)

Levine Second in Discus Despite Faults

PRINCETON, N.J. – After a strong outing from its distance runners last night, Yale's sprinters rode the momentum to several impressive results on the second day of the Larry Ellis Invitational. Senior captain Matthew Bieszard was the star, setting a personal record individually and leading his relay team to its best time this season.

Bieszard began the day by anchoring the 4x100-meter relay to a 10th-place finish in a season-best 42.29, good enough to qualify for the IC4A Championships. Bieszard received the baton from freshman Dylan Hurley after sophomore Daniel Jones popped off and handed off to fellow sophomore Nnamdi Udeh. Yale finished behind Princeton in the race but ahead of Dartmouth.

Bieszard then followed up by taking seventh in the 100-meter dash with a personal-record time of 10.85, meeting the IC4A qualifying standard exactly. Jones was 38th in the same race (11.38).

Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field David Shoehalter shook up his lineup in the All-East 4x400-meter relay, substituting Udeh for Bieszard. The team of Hurley, freshman William Rowe, freshman Mario Kranjac and Udeh rose to the occasion and was able to put together a solid time of 3:18.97 and beat teams from Brown and Harvard. Rowe also was 25th in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles (56.07).

Junior Mike Levine did not have his strongest outing in the discus throw, fouling on five of six attempts. But perhaps most impressively, the one throw he managed to get off cleanly was enough for second place, behind only two-time Penn Relay champ James Plummer. Levine's throw of 51.10m was 0.68m shy of the season best he threw last week against Harvard, but still put him ahead of 20 other competitors.

Freshman Matt Nussbaum placed 25th in the open 1500-meter run in 4:01.26, about half a second off of his collegiate best.

Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity