Elis' Stars Honored for Achievements
NEW HAVEN – Standout track and field athletes Matthew Bieszard and Mike Levine earned all-conference recognition for their performances at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships at Penn last weekend. Bieszard was named to the All-Ivy Second Team for his second-place finish in the 400-meter dash, while Levine made the First Team for his victory in the discus throw.
Bieszard, a senior and team captain, had a monster day on Saturday. After running a PR in the 400-meter dash in the prelims, he sliced more than a full second off of that time in the finals, pushing Princeton's Second-Team All-American Tom Hopkins to the brink in the process. His new personal-record time of 46.92 moves him into fifth place in Yale's all-time record books.
Bieszard also finished third in the 200-meter dash with a season-best of 21.35 and contributed on the Bulldogs' fifth-place 4x100-meter relay team (41.90) and eighth-place 4x400-meter relay team (3:18.04).
Levine entered the meet as the reigning Ivy League champ in the discus, and will hold onto that title for another year. The junior peaked at an opportune moment, throwing a season-best 53.79m (176'06") to beat out Cornell's Stephen Mozia for the win. He proved that his winning throw was no fluke by topping 53 meters on all three of his valid attempts. Levine's personal best of 54.41m (178'06") ranks him third on Yale's all-time charts.
Levine also took third in the hammer throw (58.11m – 190'08"), behind only Princeton's Olympic Trials qualifier Conor McCullough and Harvard's Ben Glauser. He was Yale's top individual points-scorer on the weekend with 16. Bieszard was a close second with 14, plus two as a member of the 4x100-meter relay team.
With Heps behind them, Bieszard, Levine, and the rest of the Bulldogs turn their eyes to the IC4A Championships this weekend. Bieszard has qualified in the same four events he ran at Heps, and Levine will throw the discus and hammer again.
Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity