Freshman Placed Second in 400-Meter Dash
HANOVER, N.H.—Yale men's track and field team freshman Marc-Andre Alexandre continued his impressive debut season by earning second team All-Ivy honors at the indoor Ivy League Heptagonal Championships (Heps) this weekend. Alexandre earned the honor thanks to his second-place finish in the 400-meter dash final on Sunday.
Alexandre was one of the Bulldogs' top performers at this year's indoor Heps, held at Dartmouth's Leverone Field House. He easily qualified for the 400-meter final by placing second in Saturday's preliminary race with a time of 48.73. He then placed second again in Sunday's final, improving his time by 0.28 seconds. With his strong showing, Alexandre picked up eight points for the Elis, one-third of their final team total at the meet. Alexandre was one of only two freshman to qualify for the 400-meter finals and he finished behind only Cornell's Bruno Hortelano-Roig, a senior and star sprinter who was the reigning indoor Heps 400-meter champion and is the all-time Ivy League record-holder in the 60-meter dash.
Sunday's second-place showing was just Alexandre's most recent accomplishment during his already impressive freshman season. In the 2013-2014 season alone, the Montreal native has recorded six first-place finishes, run the eighth-fastest 200-meter dash in school history, and come within two-hundredths of a second of breaking Yale's all-time record in the 400-meter dash. He holds Yale's top times of the season in the 60-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter events.
Alexandre's collegiate success comes as no surprise. Before arriving at Yale, he was a member of the Canadian junior national team that competed at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona during the summer of 2012 and was selected to compete at the Toronto International Track and Field Games in 2013.
With Heps now behind him, Alexandre will likely shift his focus to the IC4A Championships, held in Boston on March 8-9, where he is eligible to compete in the 60-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter events.
Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity