April 29, 2012

4 Bulldog Victories at Yale Springtime Invitational

Winners Levine, Shirvell, Van Deventer Post Best Performances of Season

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs hosted a number of regional teams today at the annual Yale Springtime Invitational at Dwyer Track. Due to the meet's proximity to last week's Penn Relays, Yale rested many of its premier contributors. Nonetheless, the Elis flexed their muscles in display of depth and balance in the unscored meet.

As has often been the case this season, the Bulldogs were dominant in the middle distance events, sweeping the 800- and 1500-meter runs. Senior John Van Deventer scored the victory in the shorter race in his final home meet with a season-best time of 1:53.09. Fellow senior Julian Sheinbaum was seventh in 1:57.78.

In the 1500-meter run, freshman Jacob Sandry played the role of rabbit for sophomore James Shirvell and dropped out after the first lap. Shirvell proceeded to run the remainder of the race by himself and finished more than eight seconds before the second-place runner from Marist. Shirvell's time (3:51.36) was 0.36 seconds off of the IC4A qualifying standard in his first collegiate attempt at the distance. Senior Jake McKenzie was fourth in 4:00.52.

Junior Mike Levine, fresh off a 13th-place finish at the Penn Relays, had his best day of the season in the discus. Levine's winning throw of 52.37m was nearly five meters further than the next best thrower. Sophomore Stefan Palios was fifth with a throw of 41.49m. Levine was also third in the hammer throw with another season best of 58.71m, and Palios was 12th (37.91m). Sophomore Clifford Van Meter was fourth in the javelin with a heave of 43.02m.

Sophomore Paul Chandler continued the Elis' momentum in the field events with a season best in the pole vault. Chandler's 4.55-meter jump earned him second place.

The same Yale team that ran the 4x200-meter relay at the Penn Relays was victorious in the 4x100-meter relay. Sophomore Daniel Jones, sophomore Nnamdi Udeh, freshman Dylan Hurley and senior Matthew Bieszard combined for a time of 42.38, nearly a full second ahead of second-place Central Connecticut State. Udeh was also fifth in the 200-meter dash (23.04).

Freshman Daniel Kemp was fifth in the 110-meter high hurdles in 15.85, and freshman Michele Gama Sosa took 20th in the 5000-meter run in 16:08.78.

The Bulldogs return to Penn again next weekend for the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships.

Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity

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