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Bulldogs Wrap up Shamrock Invitational in Impressive Fashion

Alexander McDonald. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Alexander McDonald. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Laemel Takes Second in 3,000-Meter Race

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—The Yale men's track and field team competed in a variety of events on day three of the Shamrock Invitational, hosted by Coastal Carolina. Despite not bringing a full team to the outdoor meet, the Bulldogs finished the weekend in 19th with 20.5 points. In a competitive field of 35 teams from across the country, Army came out on top at the end of the day, finishing first with 108.75 points. Saturday marked the third and final day of the Shamrock Invitational, although only four Bulldogs competed in total on days one on two.

Yale ran especially well in the 800-meter race on Saturday, scoring nine of its 20.5 points in the event. Freshman James Randon—coming off a couple impressive performances in the mile run at the indoor IC4As two weekends ago—finished third with a personal-record time of 1:54.22. Sophomore Alexander McDonald (1:55.04) finished not far behind, in sixth place. Freshman Andre Ivankovic (1:56.32) and junior Michael Grace (1:56.45) finished 12th and 14th, respectively, in the race.

Senior Ryan Laemel (8:32.53) tallied eight more points for the Elis with his second-place finish in the 3,000-meter event, finishing nearly nine seconds ahead of the race's third-place finisher in what was likely his best race of the season. Senior Michael Cunetta also ran well on Saturday, finishing 11th in the 3,000-meters with a time of 8:58.01.

Brendan Sullivan (15'1" – 4.60m) provided another bright spot for the Bulldogs, continuing his strong sophomore season with a fourth-place finish in the pole vault. Sullivan's measurement marked an outdoor meet personal record, although it fell short of the indoor meet personal record of 16'4.75" (5.00m) he set earlier this season. Sullivan was the team's final scorer of the day, adding 3.5 points to the Elis' total.

Yale also enjoyed some solid performances in the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes. Seniors Daniel Jones (22.24) and Nnamdi Udeh (22.49) placed 18th and 24th, respectively in the 200-meter dash, while junior Mario Kranjac (50.53) and freshman Chandler Crusan (50.77) took 34th and 39th, respectively, in the 400-meter event.

Jones and Udeh also contributed in the 4x100 meter relay. The Elis' team of Jones, Udeh, junior Dylan Hurley and freshman Torren Peebles ran well in the event, securing a time of 42.85—good enough for a 12th-place finish. The squad finished just behind a team from Kutztown, trailing the team by about one-tenth of a second. Given that two of Yale's top sprinters—freshman Marc-Andre Alexandre and senior Dana Lindberg—did not compete this weekend, it appears likely that this 4x100-meter relay performance marks only the beginning of what Yale is capable of in the event this season.

In the final two events in which the Bulldogs competed on Saturday, sophomore Max Payson (4:26.80) finished 19th in the mile run and juniors William Rowe (54.71) and Daniel Kemp (59.51) placed 12th and 29th, respectively, in the 400-meter hurdles. Rowe will be an athlete to watch this season, after emerging as a star in the 400-meter hurdles during the 2013 outdoor season.

With one outdoor meet now officially under their belts, the Bulldogs will enjoy a few days of rest before returning to the Carolinas when they travel to N.C. State for the Raleigh Relays on March 28-29.

Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity