SAN DIEGO, CA. - Freshman Vincent Vaughns set a school record in the 100-meter dash as the Yale men's track team took home eleven top-four finishes and set several personal best times at the Point Loma University Invitational meet today. Only sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers competed at this meet, while the middle-distance and distance runners raced at the Raleigh Relays in North Carolina yesterday.
The Bulldogs dominated the 100-meter dash, taking three of the top four spots. Vaughns took first place, setting a new Yale record with a time of 10.55 seconds. Senior Marc-Andre Alexandre came in a close second at 10.70 seconds. Freshman Kyle Macauley tied for fourth place with his own personal best of 10.84 seconds. Sophomore Connor Hill rounded out the Bulldogs' competitors in this event with a seventh place finish.
Vaughns, Alexandre, and Macauley also composed three out of the four legs of the Bulldogs' first place 4x100 meter relay team, which was rounded out by junior Paedyn Gomes. The Bulldogs' second relay team, composed of senior Austin Loewen, sophomore Alex McIntyre, Hill, and senior Chandler Crusan, placed fourth.
In his first 110-meter hurdle race of the season, Gomes placed an unsurprising first with a time of 14.32 seconds. Loewen followed less than a second behind in fourth place.
The Bulldogs fielded jumpers in two events, the high jump and long jump. In the high jump, freshman Spencer O'Neill took third, sophomore Cody Clements tied for fourth, and junior Mike Koller placed eighth. In the long jump, sophomore Jimmy Shih placed fourth and junior Carl Mansson took ninth.
This set of strong performances on the opening weekend of the outdoor season bodes well for the Elis on the track. The team's next competition is next Saturday, April 1, as they host the Mark Young Invitational at the Dewitt Cuyler Field.
Report by Olivia Paschal '18, Yale Sports Publicity.