Three Bulldogs Qualify for NCAA East Preliminary Round

James Shirvell. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
James Shirvell. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Dooney, Shirvell and Tomlin Headed to Florida with Chance to Qualify for NCAA Championships

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The NCAA officially announced on Thursday the qualifiers for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round—scheduled for May 29-31 in Jacksonville, Fla.—and the Yale men's track and field team had three of its athletes make the cut. The Bulldogs also had three athletes qualify for the regional meet last season. In order to qualify for the East Preliminary Round, athletes had to record one of the top 48 marks in a given event among the athletes in the designated East region during the outdoor season. The top 12 competitors in each event in Jacksonville will then earn qualification to the NCAA Division I Championships, scheduled for June 11-14 in Eugene, Ore.

Sophomore Kevin Dooney, senior James Shirvell and sophomore Duncan Tomlin each earned spots at the East Preliminary Round through strong marks in their best events this season.

Dooney, already one of the team's top distance runners in recent history, will compete in the 10,000-meter run in Jacksonville next weekend. He will enter the meet with the ninth-fastest 10,000-meter time among all qualifiers—a 29:10.13 he recorded at the Stanford Invitational at the beginning of the outdoor season. If Dooney is able to place in accordance with his seeding, he would earn himself a spot at the NCAA Championships. The Dublin, Ireland, native competed at the NCAA Cross Country Championships during the most recent cross country season, and that experience will likely come in handy as the postseason continues.

Shirvell, the team captain, will be hoping to extend his senior season when he competes in the 1,500-meter run at the East Preliminary Round, where he is eligible to run for the second straight season. Last season, he made it all the way to the NCAA Championships in the 1,500-meters. This season, he will enter the race with the 24th-seeded time.

Finally, Tomlin will enter the competition with the 30th-seeded time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. He earned his spot at the meet by running an impressive time of 8:58.34 at the IC4A Championships last weekend—the ninth-fastest personal record in the event in school history. Tomlin has broken his personal record in the event on four separate occasions this season, and he will be looking to run a personal-best time in Jacksonville as well.

A complete preview of the East Preliminary Round will be available on next week prior to the beginning of competition on May 29.

Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity