February 9, 2013

Pole Vaulters Make Mark in Yale History at HYP Rivalry Meet

Chandler One of Five Bulldogs to Qualify for IC4As on Saturday

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The Yale men's indoor track and field team took home the top two spots in the pole vault at Saturday's HYP rivalry meet at Princeton's Jadwin Gym, and junior Paul Chandler and freshman Brendan Sullivan set some impressive marks in the process.

Going up against a talented field of athletes from Harvard and Princeton, Chandler and Sullivan placed first and second, respectively, in the pole vault on Saturday. Chandler's vault of 15'9" (4.8m) was a significant one—it was his new personal best, qualified him for the IC4As and was the best indoor vault from a Yale athlete since 2008. Sullivan, meanwhile, has been dealing with injury for most of the season, but his vault in the season opener—Sullivan's first-ever collegiate vault—placed him at 14th on the Yale record list. On Saturday, Sullivan continued his remarkable debut season with a vault of 15'3" (4.65m), bumping him up to 8th on Yale's all-time list. 

The Bulldogs also found success in the longer sprints, where sophomores Dylan Hurley and William Rowe took second and third in the 400-meter and 500-meter dashes, respectively. Hurley's time of 50.24 picked up three points for the Elis, while Rowe's mark of 1:07.64 picked up one more. Rowe has already qualified for the IC4As in the 500-meter dash this season.

Meanwhile, junior James Shirvell—already an IC4A qualifier in both the 800-meter and 1,000-meter runs—remarkably qualified for the IC4As in a third event on Saturday: the mile run. Shirvell was running the mile competitively for the first time in over two years, and his time of 4:09.06 broke his previous personal record in the event by over five seconds. 

John McGowan continued his stellar sophomore season with a second-place finish (2:30.22) in the 1,000-meter run. McGowan, competing in the event for the first time since the Ivy League Indoor Track & Field Championships last year, even managed to qualify for the IC4As. In the 3,000-meter run—the longest non-relay event of the day—freshman Kevin Dooney (8:27.16) and junior Michael Cunetta (8:32.95) placed sixth and seventh, respectively. Both of them also qualified for the IC4As in the event.

Junior Daniel Jones led the Bulldogs in the short sprints, recording his two fastest times of the season—7.02 and 7.05—in the prelim and final rounds, respectively, of the 60-meter dash. Jones' performance in the final was good enough for a sixth-place finish overall. 

Another junior, Dana Lindberg, recorded his second-best long jump of the season on Saturday with a mark of 22'7.75" (6.9m), giving him a fourth-place finish in the event. Senior Mike Levine also finished fourth in the weight throw with a toss of 54'4.75" (16.58m).

Finally, in the relays, the Bulldogs took second and third, respectively, in the 4x800 and 4x400 meter relays, as they could not quite catch the Tigers—who took first in both events. Other notable results from Saturday's action include junior Nnamdi Udeh's sixth-place finish (51.77) in the 400-meter dash; senior Michael Pierce (1:57.78) and freshman Max Payson's (1:58.79) seventh and eight-place finishes, respectively, in the 800-meter run and sophomore Daniel Kemp's fifth-place finish (8.64) in the 60-meter hurdles. 

The Bulldogs placed third as a team at Saturday's meet with 23 points and will hope to take some momentum from their past few meets into the postseason. The Elis will have next weekend off before embarking for Cambridge for the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Feb. 23 and 24.

Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity

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