Wide Range of East Coast Competition Expected
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's indoor track and field team will be travelling northeast this weekend to compete in the Terrier Invitational, hosted by Boston University. The meet typically attracts a large field of East Coast schools. At last year's meet, the Bulldogs faced off against Ivy rivals including Harvard, Dartmouth and Brown, as well as other notable schools like Middlebury, Tufts and MIT. Many of Yale's in-state rivals also generally make the trek to Boston for the competition.
Given the Bulldogs' home meet next weekend—the Giegengack Invitational—the team plans to rest many individuals this weekend, and a significant portion of the team will not travel to Boston. Most notably, the Elis will enter no individuals in long distance events at this Saturday's meet.
This season's star—senior Mike Levine—is, however, scheduled to make the trip and compete in the weight throw, an event in which he has registered three first-place finishes in the season's first three meets. Levine's best toss of the year thus far (17.96m) came two weeks ago and nearly broke his own collegiate personal record in the event.
The Bulldogs will only enter two other individuals in field events this weekend. One of them will be junior pole vaulter Paul Chandler, who is coming off a dominating performance in the Elis' Ivy League opener a week ago in which he placed first in the pole vault and tied his own personal record of 15'3" (4.65m). The third and final field competitor for the Elis will be senior long jumper Tommy Winger, who took third in the event in the season opener with a jump of 21'5.25" (6.53m).
Junior Dana Lindberg—who has excelled in the long jump this season with first, second and fourth-place finishes—will not be competing in the long jump this weekend. Instead, he will run in the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes, events in which he placed fourth and third, respectively, last weekend. Despite not having their full team, the Bulldogs figure to do well in the sprints. In addition to Lindberg, the Elis will have sophomore Dylan Hurley running the 400-meter dash (an event in which he took second place just two weeks ago), junior Daniel Jones running the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes (both events in which he placed second last weekend) and junior Nnamdi Udeh running the 400-meter dash (an event in which he placed third two weeks ago). Freshman Adam Lundquist will also be competing in the 200-meter dash, in addition to his signature event: the 60-meter hurdles, in which he has placed second twice already this season.
The Bulldogs will also enter a strong team in the middle distance events. In the 800-meter dash, sophomore Michael Grace, sophomore John McGowan and junior James Shirvell all figure to be top competitors. Grace placed fourth in the 800-meter run last weekend with a time of 1:57.18, while McGowan placed second in the mile run, setting a personal record of 4:08.44 in the process. Shirvell took first in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:26.57 in the Bulldogs' season opener. The Elis are also entering some of their top competitors in the mile run: senior Timothy Hillas, McGowan, freshman Max Payson and senior Michael Pierce. All four have already registered top-three finishes in the event this season, and McGowan's mile time last weekend is the Bulldogs' top time of the season in the event.
In the relay events, the Elis will enter only one 4x400-meter relay team. The team, which has not yet been finalized, will consist of four of the five following individuals: Hurley, Jones, sophomore Mario Kranjac, sophomore William Rowe (coming off a third-place finish in the 400-meter dash last weekend) and Udeh.
All men's events will be held Saturday, with the exception of the 4,000-meter distance medley relay—an event in which the Bulldogs are not entering any teams—which will be held Friday. Saturday's festivities will begin at 11:00 a.m. with the field events. The track events will begin with the 60-meter hurdles at 11:20 a.m. and conclude with the 5,000-meter run at 6:20 p.m. A full schedule of events can be found at http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/bost/sports/m-track/auto_pdf/2012-13/misc_non_event/2013TerrierInvSchedule.pdf. Full results will be available at http://www.goterriers.com/sports/m-track/bost-m-track-body.html and yalebulldogs.com after the meet.
Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity