2012-13 Yale Men's Track and Field News

  • Lindberg and McGowan Earn All-Academic Honors
    July 30, 2013
    Lindberg and McGowan Earn All-Academic Honors Last week, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its list of Division I teams and athletes who earned All-Academic honors during the 2012-2013 track and field season. The Yale men’s track and field team not only received All-Academic honors, but also boasted two individual All-Academic honorees: Dana Lindberg and John McGowan.
  • Shirvell Represents Yale at the NCAA Championships
    June 06, 2013
    Shirvell Represents Yale at the NCAA Championships The Yale men’s track and field team was represented on the ultimate track and field stage on Thursday, at the Division I NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. Junior middle-distance star James Shirvell, the Bulldogs’ recently elected 2013-2014 team captain, competed against the country’s most talented runners in the 1,500-meter run on Thursday, posting an impressive time of 3:50.91.
  • Shirvell Headed to Oregon for NCAA Championship
    June 03, 2013
    Shirvell Headed to Oregon for NCAA Championship For most members of the Yale men’s track and field team, the summer months have brought an end to a strong season; for junior James Shirvell, however, the most important competitions are just getting started. On June 6-8, Shirvell will be in Eugene, Ore., where he will be representing the Bulldogs on track and field’s biggest collegiate stage: the Division I NCAA Championships. And just a couple weeks later, Shirvell’s memorable season will continue in Des Moines, Iowa, where he will be competing in the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
  • Thwaites Earns Academic Honor
    May 30, 2013
    Thwaites Earns Academic Honor Matthew Thwaites, who finished fifth in the 10,000 run at the outdoor IC4A Championship, has been named to the Academic All-District 1 track/cross country first team.
  • Shirvell Sets Yale Record in 1,500-Meters, Advances to NCAA Championships
    May 25, 2013
    Shirvell Sets Yale Record in 1,500-Meters, Advances to NCAA Championships The Yale men’s track and field team is not finished with its season just yet. Thanks to the record-breaking performance of junior James Shirvell in the 1,500-meter finals at the NCAA East Regionals on Saturday, the Bulldogs will have a representative at the Division I NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., on June 6-8.
  • Shirvell Places Second, Qualifies for NCAA East Regional Finals
    May 23, 2013
    Shirvell Places Second, Qualifies for NCAA East Regional Finals The Yale men’s track and field team has one athlete left running after Thursday’s action at the NCAA East Regionals, which serve as a preliminary round for the Division I NCAA Championships. Three Bulldogs—senior Mike Levine, junior Dana Lindberg and junior James Shirvell—competed on day one of Regionals, representing Yale on the national stage. While all three gave valiant efforts at the meet, hosted by North Carolina A&T, only Shirvell qualified for the Regionals finals, which take place on Saturday.
  • Trio of Bulldogs Headed for NCAA East Regionals
    May 21, 2013
    Trio of Bulldogs Headed for NCAA East Regionals As the Yale men’s track and field team’s season begins to wind down, the intensity of competition is only heating up. Three of the Bulldogs’ star athletes—senior Mike Levine, junior Dana Lindberg and junior James Shirvell—are preparing to trek to Greensboro, N.C., after qualifying for the NCAA Division I East Regionals, hosted by North Carolina A&T on May 23 and 25. The competition serves as the preliminary round for the NCAA Championships, and those who perform well at Regionals will have the chance to continue their season. The three eligible Elis will be seeking to make their presence felt amidst the most talented track and field athletes the Eastern portion of the U.S. has to offer.
  • Three Bulldogs Qualify for Division I East Regionals
    May 16, 2013
    Three Bulldogs Qualify for Division I East Regionals The NCAA announced the qualifiers for the Division I men’s Outdoor Championship East Regionals on Thursday, and three members of the Yale men’s track and field team were among those selected. The Regionals serve as a preliminary round, and the top athletes at the competition will earn a chance to compete at the NCAA Championships.
  • Levine Scores in Discus at IC4As
    May 11, 2013
    Levine Scores in Discus at IC4As After senior Matthew Thwaites’ fifth-place finish on Friday, the Yale men’s track and field team continued competition at the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships on Saturday, ending the day in 19th place. With senior Mike Levine leading the way, the Bulldogs put together several solid performances. The IC4As will conclude on Sunday, but the Elis have finished competing in all their events already, and they will now begin preparations for the remainder of the postseason.
  • Middle-Distance Runners Shine at Virginia Challenge
    May 11, 2013
    Middle-Distance Runners Shine at Virginia Challenge During a weekend in which several members of the Yale men’s track and field team competed at the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships at Princeton, five of the Bulldogs’ top middle-distance runners instead traveled to Charlottesville to run the 1,500-meters at the Virginia Challenge.
  • Thwaites Takes Fifth in 10,000-Meter Run at IC4As
    May 10, 2013
    Thwaites Takes Fifth in 10,000-Meter Run at IC4As The Yale men’s track and field team could not have asked to be in much better position at the end of day one of the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships at Princeton’s Weaver Stadium. After a remarkable fifth-place finish in the 10,000-meter run by senior Matt Thwaites, the Bulldogs finished the day in ninth place overall, with four points. The Elis trail Bucknell, George Mason and St. Joseph’s (Pa.) by one, two and four points, respectively and are only seven points out of third place. BYU currently leads all teams with 32 points.
  • Levine, Lindberg and Shirvell Receive Honors at Annual Team Banquet
    May 09, 2013
    Levine, Lindberg and Shirvell Receive Honors at Annual Team Banquet At the Yale men’s track and field team’s annual banquet on Tuesday, three of the Bulldogs’ most accomplished stars—senior Mike Levine, junior Dana Lindberg and junior James Shirvell—received honors recognizing their hard work and personal achievements this year.
  • Bulldogs Prepare for IC4As
    May 09, 2013
    Bulldogs Prepare for IC4As One week after performing well at the outdoor Ivy League Heptagonal Championships at Princeton, the Bulldogs are headed back to Princeton’s Weaver Stadium—this time for the outdoor Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships. The IC4A is a super-conference administered by the Eastern College Athletic Conference including schools from across the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions. Athletes had the chance to qualify for the meet in different events by reaching certain entry standards during regular season and postseason meets throughout the year. Overall, 13 Bulldogs, along with two relay teams, have qualified for the meet, although the Yale coaching staff has not yet finalized who will be competing this weekend. Most of the Bulldogs’ top athletes should, however, be in action in their best events this weekend as the Elis seek to make their presence felt among some of the top athletes and schools in the region.
  • Levine Named Second-Team All-Ivy
    May 09, 2013
    Levine Named Second-Team All-Ivy The Yale men’s track and field team’s own senior Mike Levine added yet another achievement to his already impressive resume after his performance at the outdoor Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. Levine’s second-place showing in the discus throw got him named to the All-Ivy Second Team. Levine had already been named First-Team All-Ivy twice in his esteemed collegiate career by winning back-to-back Ivy League discus championships his sophomore and junior years.
  • Shirvell Named Captain for Upcoming Season
    May 09, 2013
    Shirvell Named Captain for Upcoming Season At the annual Yale men’s track and field team banquet on Tuesday, junior James Shirvell received the honor of being elected by his teammates to serve as team captain for the 2013-2014 season. Over the course of the past season, Shirvell has developed into not only the Bulldog’s best middle-distance runner, but also a regional star.
  • Levine Sets New Personal Record, Places Second in Discus at Heps
    May 05, 2013
    Levine Sets New Personal Record, Places Second in Discus at Heps The Yale men’s track and field team wrapped up its first postseason meet of the outdoor season on Sunday, recording a number of IC4A qualifications and personal bests at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, held at Princeton’s Weaver Stadium. After posting several notable marks on Saturday—mostly in preliminary heats—the Elis performed just as well in the final heats on Sunday. The Bulldogs finished with 19 points overall. Princeton won the meet with 190 points, just beating out Cornell (162 points), Brown (75) and Columbia (73).
  • Levine Takes Third in Hammer Throw in Final Heps of Career
    May 04, 2013
    Levine Takes Third in Hammer Throw in Final Heps of Career The Yale men’s track and field team opened its postseason competition with a powerful showing at the outdoor Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Saturday. Despite a busy schedule during the past couple weeks, the Bulldogs looked fresh as they tallied several impressive performances at Princeton’s Weaver Stadium on day one of the two-day meet. Two Elis secured points for their team, and three others qualified for final heats tomorrow. At the end of Saturday’s action, the Bulldogs sit in sixth place with eight total points, two more than Brown and four more than Penn.
  • Bulldogs Embark for Princeton for Ivy League Championships
    May 02, 2013
    Bulldogs Embark for Princeton for Ivy League Championships Coming off a three-week span in which it has competed in five separate meets, the Yale men’s track and field team is preparing to open postseason action this weekend. The Bulldogs will head to Princeton’s Weaver Stadium for the outdoor Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, which span both Saturday and Sunday. Although final entry lists will not be released until the meet begins on Saturday, most of the Elis’ top athletes can be expected to compete in their best events, as the Bulldogs strive to record a top-tier finish at Heps and gain a few last-minute IC4A qualifiers. The Elis have put together a strong outdoor season—especially over the past few weeks—and seem to be clicking at just the right time.
  • Rowe Places First in 400-Meter Hurdles, Qualifies for IC4As
    April 28, 2013
    Rowe Places First in 400-Meter Hurdles, Qualifies for IC4As The Yale men’s track and field team’s schedule seems to just keep getting busier. After sending 10 athletes to Philadelphia to compete at the Penn Relays on Thursday through Saturday, the Bulldogs hosted the annual Yale Springtime Invitational on Sunday. The meet attracted a wide range of local competition, including schools like Connecticut, Hartford, New Haven, Sacred Heart, Southern Connecticut State and Stony Brook. Because of the abundance of meets the Elis have been competing in over the past couple weeks, some of the team’s most accomplished runners took Sunday’s meet off. Thus, along with some of the Bulldogs’ regulars, many of the Bulldogs’ less experienced and younger athletes had the chance to shine on Sunday—and they represented the Elis well.
  • Bulldogs Run Fastest 4xMile Relay in Yale History to Close Penn Relays
    April 27, 2013
    Bulldogs Run Fastest 4xMile Relay in Yale History to Close Penn Relays After two days of impressive performances in front of thousands of fans on the biggest stage, the Yale men’s track and field team apparently saved its best for last. On Saturday, the third and final day of competition for the Bulldogs at the historic Penn Relays, the Elis’ 4xMile-relay team of senior Timothy Hillas, sophomore John McGowan, sophomore Matt Nussbaum and junior James Shirvell ran the fastest 4xMile relay in Yale history and managed a remarkable fifth-place finish in the Penn Relays College Men's 4xMile Championship of America. The Bulldogs finished in 16:20.35, less than three seconds behind Oregon—the winners of the event—and more than 30 seconds ahead of Yale’s previous record time in the event, a 16:52.38 recorded back in 2004.
  • Levine Places 11th in Discus Championship at Celebrated Penn Relays
    April 26, 2013
    Levine Places 11th in Discus Championship at Celebrated Penn Relays After freshman Kevin Dooney’s strong performance in the 5,000-meter run on Thursday, the Yale men’s track and field team continued to show off its star athletes at the historic Penn Relays on Friday. Performing in front of tens of thousands of spectators and against many of the world’s best athletes, the Bulldogs made their presence felt in Philadelphia on the second day of the Penn Relays, registering a few impressive marks.
  • Dooney Runs 11th-Fastest 5,000-Meter Race in Yale History at Historic Penn Relays
    April 25, 2013
    Dooney Runs 11th-Fastest 5,000-Meter Race in Yale History at Historic Penn Relays The Yale men’s track and field team may have only had one athlete competing at the fabled Penn Relays on Thursday, but luckily for the Bulldogs, that one athlete was freshman Kevin Dooney.
  • Bulldogs Prepared for a Busy Weekend of Travel and Competition
    April 23, 2013
    Bulldogs Prepared for a Busy Weekend of Travel and Competition After a hectic week last week that included the Harvard-Yale rivalry meet, the biennial Oxford-Cambridge meet and the annual Larry Ellis Invitational, the Yale men’s track and field team will continue with its busy schedule this weekend. On Thursday through Saturday, the Elis will be in Philadelphia for the 119th annual Penn Relays, and the Bulldogs will follow up the meet by hosting the Yale Springtime Invitational on Sunday.
  • Rowe Runs 14th-Fastest 400-Meter Hurdles in Yale History at Larry Ellis Invite
    April 20, 2013
    Rowe Runs 14th-Fastest 400-Meter Hurdles in Yale History at Larry Ellis Invite After a strong opening performance on Friday, the Yale men’s track and field team continued their impressive form on the second day of the annual Larry Ellis Invitational, hosted by Princeton. Five Bulldogs set personal-best times on Friday, and five more did so on Saturday, making this undoubtedly one of the strongest showings the Elis have put on thus far during the outdoor season.
  • Five Bulldogs Set Personal Records on Day One of Larry Ellis
    April 19, 2013
    Five Bulldogs Set Personal Records on Day One of Larry Ellis Despite only having athletes entered in three events, the Yale men’s outdoor track and field team put on quite a show on day one of the Larry Ellis Invitational, hosted by Princeton. The annual meet pits the Bulldogs against their Ivy League rivals, as well as a massive field of schools from the East Coast and Mid-Atlantic. The Elis will be competing in a majority of their events tomorrow, when they will seek to build on Friday’s success.
  • Bulldogs Head to Princeton for Larry Ellis Invitational
    April 18, 2013
    Bulldogs Head to Princeton for Larry Ellis Invitational After competing against Harvard last weekend and against Oxford and Cambridge on Tuesday, the Yale men’s track and field team will make the short trek to Princeton this weekend for the annual Larry Ellis Invitational, one of the largest meets the Bulldogs compete in each year. The meet, which last year featured more than 2,000 athletes, provides an opportunity for the Elis to take on all of their Ivy League rivals, as well as a range of colleges from the Mid-Atlantic, New England and elsewhere. This year, more than 70 colleges are registered to compete, in addition to more than 25 track and field clubs.
  • Levine Wins Twice As Harvard-Yale Combine to Beat Oxford-Cambridge
    April 16, 2013
    Levine Wins Twice As Harvard-Yale Combine to Beat Oxford-Cambridge The Yale men’s outdoor track and field team teamed up with its traditional rival, the Harvard Crimson, on Tuesday to take on a combined squad of Oxford and Cambridge athletes in a historic biennial meet that dates back to 1899. As has been the case for most of the past several meets, the Harvard-Yale team raced to victory on Tuesday by a score of 13-6, placing first in 13 of the 19 total events and winning the heralded Naughton Trophy.
  • Bulldogs to Team Up With Crimson at Harvard-Yale vs. Oxford-Cambridge Meet
    April 15, 2013
    Bulldogs to Team Up With Crimson at Harvard-Yale vs. Oxford-Cambridge Meet Despite having faced off against Harvard at last weekend’s Harvard-Yale dual meet, the Yale men’s track and field team will join forces with the Crimson this weekend at the 44th biennial Harvard-Yale vs. Oxford-Cambridge meet. The meet, which rotates locations and is being hosted by Harvard this year, pits two historic American rivals against two traditional British rivals. Last time the meet was held in 2011, the Harvard-Yale men earned a 15-5 victory. The teams will seek to continue to build off of not only that performance, but also Harvard and Yale’s historical success at the meet: their combined men’s team has won 30 of the 42 meets held since the tradition began in 1899 and 21 of the last 23 meets dating back to 1965.
  • Bulldogs to Host Crimson in Annual Rivalry Meet
    April 13, 2013
    Bulldogs to Host Crimson in Annual Rivalry Meet After traveling to Princeton for the Sam Howell Invitational last weekend, the Yale men’s track and field team will host Harvard at the Dewitt Cuyler Athletic Complex on Saturday. This weekend’s meet will be the Bulldogs’ first scored meet and first Ivy League meet of the outdoor season. The Elis will seek to match the types of performances they strung together in the annual meet from 2003 to 2010, when they defeated Harvard in eight consecutive years. Harvard, however, has beaten Yale each of the past two seasons—a streak the Bulldogs hope to end this Saturday. Although Yale's lineup will remain private until Saturday, the Elis should have most of their top athletes entered in their best events this weekend.
  • Bulldogs Dominate Middle-Distance Events at Harvard-Yale Meet
    April 13, 2013
    Bulldogs Dominate Middle-Distance Events at Harvard-Yale Meet With a grand total of 64 points—the team’s most since 2010—the Yale men’s track and field team put on an impressive showing at the annual Harvard-Yale dual meet on Saturday. Despite falling short of Harvard’s 97 points, the Elis had plenty to be proud of at the conclusion of the meet.
  • Freshmen Shine on Day Two of Sam Howell Invitational
    April 06, 2013
    Freshmen Shine on Day Two of Sam Howell Invitational After a strong, nearly record-setting performance in the 10,000-meter run on Friday from freshmen Kevin Dooney, the other freshmen on the Yale men’s track and field team posted some impressive performances of their own on Saturday.
  • Dooney Runs Fifth-Fastest 10,000-Meter Race in Yale History
    April 05, 2013
    Dooney Runs Fifth-Fastest 10,000-Meter Race in Yale History Despite only having athletes entered in three different events, the Yale men's track and field team has plenty to be proud of at the conclusion of day one of the Sam Howell Invitational, hosted by Princeton. The Elis are up against a large field of East Coast and Mid-Atlantic competition this weekend, including the seven other Ivy League schools, but the Bulldogs certainly managed to make their presence felt on Friday.
  • Bulldogs to Take on Massive Field at Sam Howell Invitational
    April 04, 2013
    Bulldogs to Take on Massive Field at Sam Howell Invitational The Yale men's track and field team will compete amidst a field of around 1,000 student-athletes this weekend when the Bulldogs travel to Princeton for the Sam Howell Invitational. The annual unscored meet, which holds events on both Friday and Saturday, attracts schools from across the East Coast and Mid-Atlantic, including a good number of Ivy League schools. This year, all eight Ivy schools are traveling to the meet, making this weekend a prime warm-up opportunity for the Bulldogs headed into their scored Ivy League meets.
  • Several Elis Meet with Early Success at Tribe Invitational
    March 24, 2013
    Several Elis Meet with Early Success at Tribe Invitational After spending a week training intensely in Virginia, the Yale men’s track and field team competed in its first meet of the outdoor season this Saturday. The Tribe Invitational, hosted by William and Mary, can confidently be called a success, bringing two IC4A qualifying standards and a slew of new personal bests that suggest a prosperous season ahead.
  • Bulldogs to Open Outdoor Track Season at Tribe Invitational
    March 23, 2013
    Bulldogs to Open Outdoor Track Season at Tribe Invitational After a break from competition, the Yale men’s track and field team will open its outdoor season this weekend at the Tribe Invitational, hosted by William & Mary. The Bulldogs competed at the Indoor IC4A Championships two weeks ago, where they concluded their indoor track season with a number of impressive showings, including their distance medley relay team’s fifth-place finish—which earned them All-East honors. The Elis will head to Virginia this weekend, seeking to build on their previous success at the Tribe Invitational. The last time the Bulldogs took part in the meet was in 2011, when the Elis registered four individual first-place finishes, as well as first-place finishes in both the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays.
  • Members of Fifth-Place Distance Medley Relay Team Receive All-East Honors
    March 03, 2013
    Members of Fifth-Place Distance Medley Relay Team Receive All-East Honors The four members of the Yale men's track and field team's distance medley relay team that competed at the Indoor IC4A Championships received All-East honors on Sunday.
  • Distance Medley Relay Team Places Fifth in IC4A Finals
    March 03, 2013
    Distance Medley Relay Team Places Fifth in IC4A Finals The Yale men’s track and field team capped off its indoor season in impressive fashion on Sunday at the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships, hosted by Boston University. The Bulldogs scored four points to place 37th among all teams competing at the meet. Sunday’s showing was the best finish—both in terms of place and point total—Yale had recorded in the meet since 2009. The University of Connecticut won this year’s indoor IC4As with 104 points, and Cornell took second with 57.50 points.
  • Bulldogs Take First in Distance Medley Relay Prelims on Day One of IC4As
    March 02, 2013
    Bulldogs Take First in Distance Medley Relay Prelims on Day One of IC4As At the end of day one of the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships, the Yale men’s indoor track and field team has quite a bit to be excited about. Amidst some strong individual performances from some of their best athletes, the Bulldogs made their biggest mark of the day on Sunday in the distance medley relay prelims, as the team of sophomore Dylan Hurley, senior Sam Kirtner, sophomore Matt Nussbaum and senior Michael Pierce took first place with an impressive time of 9:53.73. The IC4As, hosted by Boston University, are the Bulldogs’ second postseason meet of the year, and pit the Elis against other star athletes from New England and the Mid-Atlantic who met specified entry standards throughout the course of the season.
  • Bulldogs to Continue Postseason at the IC4As
    February 27, 2013
    Bulldogs to Continue Postseason at the IC4As After traveling to Cambridge for the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships last weekend, several Bulldogs will head to Boston this weekend to compete in the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships this Saturday and Sunday. The IC4A is a super-conference administered by the Eastern College Athletic Conference including schools from across the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions. Athletes had the chance to qualify for the meet in different events by reaching certain entry standards during regular season and postseason meets. Overall, 17 Bulldogs have qualified for the meet, although the Yale coaching staff has not yet finalized who will be competing this weekend. The 17 qualifiers beats the 15 who qualified for the Elis last season.
  • Team, Nussbaum Earn USTFCCCA Academic Honors
    February 27, 2013
    Team, Nussbaum Earn USTFCCCA Academic Honors The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released its 2012 Division I Cross Country All-Academic Award recipients on Monday, naming Yale men’s cross country an All-Academic team and sophomore Matt Nussbaum an individual All-Academic honoree.
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