NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Yale men's track and field team is in third place after the first day of competition at the indoor Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. The highlight of the day's events for the Bulldogs was a one-two finish by seniors James Randon and Andre Ivankovic in the 3000-meter run.
Randon set a blistering pace in the 3000 meters with an 8:04.87 minute finish, and Ivankovic was close behind with a finish of 8:10.78. The pair's 18 combined points catapulted the Elis into third place behind Princeton and Cornell, who are currently tied for first.
While the 3000-meter run was the only track final of the day, it also featured finals in several field events. Sophomore Austin Laut scored three points for the Elis with a fourth place finish in the pole vault, tied with Harvard's Ian West. In the weight throw, senior Luke Persichetti placed tenth and sophomore Marcus Downs took fifteenth. Sophomore Jimmy Shih and junior Carl Mansson went tenth and eleventh, respectively, in the long jump.
The finals for the remainder of the track events, as well as the shot put, triple jump, and high jump, will take place tomorrow. The Elis will field competitors in most of these events. Athletes to watch tomorrow include freshman Vincent Vaughns, racing in both the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash, and senior Marc-Andre Alexandre. Alexandre had the fastest preliminary time for the 400-meter dash, and he will race for a title tomorrow. The 4x400-meter relay team will also take to the track looking to score for the Bulldogs.
Report by Olivia Paschal '18, Yale Sports Publicity.