Members of Fifth-Place Distance Medley Relay Team Receive All-East Honors

The Yale men's track and field team huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
The Yale men's track and field team huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—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.

The men's distance medley relay team of sophomore Dylan Hurley, senior Sam Kirtner, sophomore Matt Nussbaum and senior Michael Pierce received the honors after placing fifth in finals on Sunday, with a time of 9:51.00—the fastest time posted by any of Yale's medley relay teams this season and the eighth-fastest time in Yale history. Each of the four Bulldogs posted faster split times than during Saturday's showing, in which the team posted the fastest overall time in prelims (9:53.73).

Hurley has been one the Bulldogs' top long sprinters all season, and placed second in the 400-meter dash at both the Yale Invitational and the HYP rivalry meet. He has also competed in all three relay events—the 4x400 meter, 4x800 meter and distance medley relays—this season. 

Kirtner is a long-distance specialist who placed second in the mile run at the Yale Invitational and third in the 3,000-meter run at the Yale-Dartmouth-Columbia meet.

Nussbaum—recently named a USTFCCCA All-Academic Honoree—emerged as a regional star during the most recent cross country season but saw limited action during the indoor track season. He did, however, place 11th in the 3,000-meter run at the HYP meet. 

Pierce is one of the Bulldogs' better middle-distance runners, and he placed first in the mile run at Yale's season opener.

The Elis will open the outdoor track season on March 23 at the Tribe Invitational, hosted by William & Mary.

Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity