Three Bulldogs Place in the Top Ten in the 1,500-Meter Elite Heat
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—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.
Freshman Kevin Dooney continued his remarkable collegiate debut season. Dooney, who has placed in the top ten in every event he has competed in thus far during the track and field season, finished fifth in the 10,000-meter division one heat on Friday. Dooney's time of 29:55.91 was not only good enough to qualify him for the IC4As later this year, but was actually the fifth-fastest time in Yale History. He is the first Yale runner to break the 30:00.00 mark in the event since 1991.
But Dooney was not the only one to enter the Yale record books on Friday. Senior Matthew Thwaites ran the 10,000-meters in 30:36.56, the tenth-fastest time in Yale history. He finished 17 th in the event.
As expected, the Bulldogs also found much success in the 1500-meter run—one of their best events. The Elis entered four athletes into Friday's elite heat. Junior James Shirvell (3:54.51) edged out sophomore John McGowan (3:54.91) and senior Sam Kirtner (3:54.99). The three Elis finished sixth, seventh and ninth, respectively. McGowan and Shirvell had both already qualified for the IC4As in the event coming into the meet. Senior team captain Timothy Hillas finished close behind his teammates, in 11 th with a time of 3:55.61.
The Elis also entered a slew of runners in the 5,000-meter run. Senior Demetri Goutos finished first among the Bulldogs, with a time of 14:47.39. Junior Michael Cunetta and sophomore Isa Qasim were not far behind with times of 14:56.86 and 15:03.93, respectively. Junior Miles Richardson, sophomore Tom Harrison and freshman Duncan Tomlin finished in 15:17.37, 15:18.23 and 15:26.69, respectively.
The majority of events take place tomorrow throughout the day, with the meet wrapping up at around 6:00 p.m. A full schedule of events can be found at http://www.goprincetontigers.com/pdf9/1618585.pdf?DB_OEM_ID=10600. Results will be available on yalebulldogs.com at the end of the day.
Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity