Elis Dig Deep Against Superb Competition
PHILADELPHIA – Yale saw two of its relay teams and two individual athletes compete today at the 118th rendition of the Penn Relays. The Elis faced off against some of the finest in the country, and came home with much to be proud of.
Based on his previous throws this season, junior Mike Levine automatically qualified for the championship division in the discus throw. Levine took third at the Penn Relays as a freshman, but this time his heave of 49.86m placed him 13th.
Sophomore Paul Chandler followed up by tying for fourth out of 10 competitors in the pole vault Eastern division. After one fault, Chandler cleared the height of 4.50m to equal his season best and finish level with Army's Justin Harris and Cornell's David Kim.
The Bulldogs also competed in the 4x200-meter relay for the first time outdoors this year, earning a respectable result of 34th out of 50 teams. The team of sophomore Daniel Jones, sophomore Nnamdi Udeh, freshman Dylan Hurley and senior Matthew Bieszard finished fourth in its heat in a time of 1:29.52, less than one second away from cracking the 15th spot on the Yale all-time record books.
The Elis were in the thick of things in the distance medley relay in the early going, but suffered a spell of bad luck when freshman William Rowe stepped on the rail, spraining his ankle and disqualifying the team.
With Rowe out, Udeh was substituted into the 4x400-meter relay team, running in tandem with Bieszard, Hurley and freshman Mario Kranjac. The team regrouped well to deliver a solid time of 3:19.77, earning them fourth place honors in the Heptagonal (Ivy League) division. Their finish was a major improvement on the team's sixth place effort at indoor Heps, and they have already run a faster time this year (3:14.06) than what Cornell posted to get the win today (3:14.62).
On Sunday the Bulldogs play host to the Yale Springtime Invitational, where they will look to give some of their less experienced runners an opportunity to compete. For the seniors, it will be the final home meet of their Yale careers. Field events begin at 10:00 a.m. and running events commence at 11:00 a.m. Full results will be available afterwards on www.yalebulldogs.com.
Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity