Bulldogs Prepare to Open Season at Coxe Cage

James Shirvell (photo by Dan Grossman, Mapleleafphotos.com)

Unscored Meet to Serve as Warm-Up for Exciting Season Ahead

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The Yale men's indoor track and field team will begin its season by hosting the annual Yale Season Opener at Coxe Cage on Saturday. The meet—which will serve as an unscored warm-up before the season continues following the New Year—typically attracts a range of regional schools. Last year's field included the likes of City College of New York, Eastern Connecticut, Ramapo, Trinity and University of New Haven.

Team captain and senior James Shirvell is listed to compete in the mile run and will be taking to the track for the first time in official competition since his appearance at the outdoor Division I NCAA Championships last year. He will be competing in the mile run, an event in which he notably placed second last year against Harvard and Princeton. Joining him in the event will be sophomore John Mahoney and freshman Spike Sievert.

Several Bulldogs are also scheduled to run in the shorter 800-meter run. Leading the way will likely be junior Michael Grace, who was a regular threat in the 800-meter run and 4x800 meter relay last season. Also running in the event will be a trio of sophomores: John Keisling, Alexander McDonald and Pete Merritt. Of the three, McDonald has the most experience in the event from his freshman year, finishing seventh against Harvard and setting a personal record at the Larry Ellis Invitational. Freshman Tim Cox, meanwhile, will make his track and field debut in the 1,000-meter run. And as the coaches have provided the cross country team with some extra rest following the recent end of its season, freshman John Meredith will compete in the 3,000-meter race and serve as the team's only distance runner.

In the short sprints, senior Daniel Jones and senior Dana Lindberg will return to the track on Saturday after strong junior seasons last year. Both athletes are slated to compete in the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes. Meanwhile, freshman Marc-Andre Alexandre, junior Andrew Goble, junior Daniel Kemp, junior Mario Kranjac, freshman Austin Loewen, freshman Torren Peebles, sophomore Martin Tolentino, senior Nnamdi Udeh and junior Chen Wang will round out the sizeable crew of Eli short sprinters. The Elis will likely enter numerous teams in the 4x400 meter relay as well, and most of the squad's competing athletes should be expected to take part in the event.

Juniors Dylan Hurley and William Rowe headline a solid crew of long sprinters, along with Kranjac, Udeh, freshman Chandler Crusan and senior Clifford Van Meter. Hurley will run the 500-meter dash—an event in which he placed third against Columbia and Dartmouth last season—while Rowe will stray from his more usual hurdling events to run the 500-meter dash as well. The Bulldogs' group of hurdlers on Saturday will instead consist of Kemp, Loewen and Peebles.

The Bulldogs will also enter four athletes in the field events. Jones, the short sprinter, will try his hand at the triple jump, while Lindberg, as usual, will represent the Elis in the long jump. Lindberg finished 14th in the event at the outdoor IC4As last year. Freshman Luke Persichetti, meanwhile, will enter both the shot put and weight throw, and sophomore Brendan Sullivan will compete in the pole vault, after a brilliant freshman season saw him place fourth in the event at indoor Heps.

This Saturday's field events will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the men's weight throw, while the men's running events are slated for an 11:40 a.m. start time. The final event of the day will be the men's 4x400-meter relay, scheduled for 4:45 p.m. A tentative schedule of the day's events, subject to change, is available here. Full results will be available after the conclusion of the meet at www.yalebulldogs.com.

Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity