Bulldogs Sit in Ninth at Conclusion of Day One of Regional Postseason Meet
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—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.
Thwaites, competing for just the fourth time of the outdoor season and at the IC4As for the first time in his entire career, ran the 10,000-meters in 30:31.28. He finished just 0.39 seconds out of fourth place and 1.33 seconds out of third. The strong showing is not too surprising, given that Thwaites set his personal record in the 10,000-meter run last weekend at Heps (30:20.27). After Heps, Thwaites officially held the ninth-fastest personal record in the event in Yale history, and his fifth-place performance on Friday was just another addition to his impressive resume.
Princeton's Weaver Stadium has been kind to Thwaites during his career. He ran the 10,000-meter run for the first time in college competition as a sophomore at Princeton's Sam Howell Invitational. Last weekend, when Thwaites set his impressive career-best mark, he was also running on Princeton's track.
Another senior, Demetri Goutos, put together his own solid performance on Friday night, finishing the 10,000-meters in 31:27.07, good enough for 16th place. Goutos is on a roll in the event, having set a personal record of 30:35.40 at last weekend's Heps.
The third and final Eli to take to the track on Friday night was sophomore Isa Qasim, competing in the 5,000-meter run. Qasim ran a 14:54.78 and placed 13th in his heat and 25th overall. Like Goutos and Thwaites, Qasim came into the meet with plenty of confidence, having run his career-best 5,000-meter time (14:35.01) at Heps.
The Bulldogs will return to the track on Saturday, seeking to remain near the top of the leaderboard at one of their most challenging and important meets of the year. Saturday's action will include preliminary trial heats in each of the remaining track events, as well as finals in several field events. A full schedule of events can be found at http://www.lancertiming.com/ic4a/schedboth.htm. Results will be available at www.yalebulldogs.com.
Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity