AUBURN, Ala. - On the final day of competition at the War Eagle Invitational, the Yale men's 4x100-meter relay team broke a 48-year-old Yale record and set the fifth-fastest time in Ivy League history. The Bulldogs had athletes at three meets across the country today, and racked up several top-5 finishes that sets the team up well heading into the Penn Relays next weekend.
The War Eagle Invitational produced a host of top performances for the Bulldogs, especially in the sprint events. The record-setting 4x100 relay team, composed of freshmen Kyle Macauley and Vincent Vaughns, senior Marc-Andre Alexandre and sophomore Alex McIntyre, ran a breakneck 40.27 seconds to finish second overall. That time broke Yale's previous record, which was set in 1969, by nearly 0.3 seconds. It is also the fastest time in the Ivy League this season by nearly 0.8 seconds, no small amount of time in such a fast event.
Alexandre, McIntyre, and Macauley had a busy day on the track. In addition to running the 4x100 relay, they also composed three legs of the Bulldogs' fourth-place 4x400-meter relay. They were joined by sophomore Connor Hill, who ran the third leg of the race. To cap off a full day of record-setting, Alexandre's fifth-place finish at 20.99 seconds in the 200-meter dash is the fastest time in the Ivy League this season. Sophomore Paedyn Gomes finished seventh in the 110-meter hurdles, the second-fastest time in the Ivy League and a new personal best for Gomes. This set of top-five finishes at one of the fastest meets in which Yale has competed all season bodes well for the Bulldog sprinters as they head into championship season in just a few weeks.
Several Elis competed at the Virginia Challenge at the University of Virginia as well today. Freshman Bruno Jednacak placed second in the long jump with a jump of 7.13 meters, solidifying him as one of the top five jumpers in the Ivy League. Senior James Randon was the other top-five finisher for the Bulldogs at this meet, placing fourth in the 1500-meter run with a time of 3:42.65. He also remains solidly in the top five 1500-meter runners in the Ivy League this season, and we could see him in both the 800-meters and the 1500-meters when Heps comes around in just a few weekends.
The third meet at which the Elis had competitors this weekend was the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton. Junior Michael Yuan set a personal best in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:55.12, and freshman Aidan Pillard made his first appearance in the 1500-meter run, finishing in a time of 4:01.04. Sophomore Marcus Downs placed eighth in the discus throw.
The Bulldogs will look for their record-breaking performances this weekend at some of the toughest meets of the season to propel them into the Penn Relays next weekend. A full preview of the Penn Relays, the oldest and largest track meet in the country, will be available next week.
Report by Olivia Paschal '18, Yale Sports Publicity.