Elis Compete with Many of Region's Best Athletes on Saturday
PRINCETON, N.J.—After entering sophomore Duncan Tomlin in the 3,000-meter steeplechase on Friday evening, the Yale men's track and field team continued competition at the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships on Saturday at Princeton's Weaver Stadium. Given the prestigious annual meet's entry standards, only eight Yale runners (four individual competitors and one relay team) took part in the action on Saturday, which served as the meet's second day and consisted primarily of prelim heats. Although no Yale runners qualified for Sunday's final round races, none of the team's eight competitors were seniors, and the experience some of the younger runners gained this weekend will likely prove valuable to the team next year.
Freshman James Randon nearly set a personal record on Saturday, finishing his 1,500-meter prelim race with a time of 3:50.65—just more than three-tenths of a second slower than the personal record he set at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships (Heps) last weekend. Randon—who has emerged as one of the team's top middle-distance threats in his freshman season—missed out on qualifying for Sunday's final round race by approximately one second, finishing with the 15th-fastest time overall.
Sophomore Brendan Sullivan, meanwhile, registered a solid mark of 15'9" (4.80m) in the pole vault final, finishing in a tie for 13th in the field. Sullivan had hit the same exact mark at each of his previous two meets, and he has made great progress since his freshman season, when he finished with a season-best mark of 15'5" (4.70m). He currently holds the fifth-best outdoor pole vaulting personal record in school history (tied with his graduating teammate, senior Paul Chandler).
The Elis also entered a pair of juniors in the hurdle events on Saturday. William Rowe—who was recently elected next season's team captain—finished the 400-meter hurdles prelim race with the 26th-fastest time: 55.32. Daniel Kemp took part in the 110-meter hurdle prelim, recording a time of 15.23 and finishing with the 22nd-fastest overall time. Kemp set his impressive 110-meter hurdle personal record (14.85) at Heps last weekend, which made him eligible for IC4A competition.
Finally, the Bulldogs entered one relay team in the competition: the 4x800-meter relay squad of junior Michael Grace, sophomore Alexander McDonald, junior John McGowan and junior Jacob Sandry finished seventh in its heat and 13th overall with a time of 7:42.32. Grace, McDonald and Sandry were all members of the 4x800-meter team that placed fourth and recorded a season-best time at Heps last weekend, earning Yale its 4x800-meter relay IC4A bid.
With the Bulldogs' IC4A action now concluded, most members of the team can officially begin their summer vacations. A few select athletes, however, are positioned to earn bids to the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round (the qualifier for the NCAA Championships), slated for May 29-31. The NCAA will make official announcements regarding Preliminary Round qualifiers on May 22.
Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity