NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Sophomore Jimmy Shih led the day for the Bulldogs at the Yale Springtime Invitational today, finishing in first and second place in the triple jump and long jump respectively. The invitational was the Bulldogs' last before they host the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships next weekend.
Shih's performances led a group of strong performances by the field athletes today, as the Bulldogs opted to rest many of their top track performers again this weekend. His jump of 14.49 meters in the triple jump was the longest by any Bulldog this season. Sophomore Cody Clements and freshman Spencer O'Neill finished back-to-back in third and fourth places, respectively, in the high jump. As the Bulldogs' lone thrower in competition today, junior Jake Hoops took the first-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 15.86 meters. To close out the effort from the Bulldogs' field athletes, sophomore Austin Laut leapt a second-place finish in the pole vault at 4.85 meters.
Two Elis placed first in the day's track events as well. Senior Austin Puleo took first in the 400-meter dash, finishing in a season-best time of 50.04 seconds. Fellow senior Austin Loewen was first in the 110-meter hurdles at 14.87 seconds, also a season-best time for him. Loewen competed in the 200-meter dash today as well, finishing in sixth place in that event.
Rounding out the day's track competitors, junior Michael Yuan took fourth and freshman Kohl Swift sixth in the 800-meter run. Freshman Aidan Pillard finished in sixth place in the first 5000-meter run of his college career, only a few seconds in front of junior Ryan Brady, who finished in ninth.
Full results from today's meet are available here. The Bulldogs next meet is the Ivy League Heptagonals, which they will host next Saturday and Sunday at Dewitt Cuyler to kick off championship season. The Bulldogs' top athletes will match up against their fiercest Ivy League competition at Heps, and it's sure to be one of the most exciting meets of the season. A full preview of the meet will be available early next week.
Report by Olivia Paschal '18, Yale Sports Publicity.