NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Sophomore Austin Laut scored four points with a fourth-place finish in the pole vault on the first day of competition at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. Yale currently stands in seventh place with 4 points, all courtesy of Laut. After a full day of competition, Cornell is in first place with 39 points, and Harvard is in second with 24.
The only other top-ten finish of the day for the Elis came in the 10,000-meter run, where junior Adam Houston finished eighth.
The Bulldogs had eight qualifying times in today's track preliminaries, which will make for an exciting second day of Heps tomorrow. Two freshmen - Kyle Macauley and Vincent Vaughns - qualified for the finals in the 100-meter dash. Vaughns also qualified for the 200-meter dash finals, and the Bulldogs will be looking for him to score in both events on Sunday.
In the first time he has run the 400-meter dash this outdoor season, senior Marc-Andre Alexandre had the fastest qualifying time in the preliminaries today, and will be on the hunt for an Ivy League championship tomorrow. He holds the current Yale record in the event, set last season. Junior Paedyn Gomes qualified for the 110-meter hurdles with Yale's fastest time of the season in the event at 14.04 seconds. Senior Austin Loewen also posted a qualifying time in that event, setting up two more potential sources of points for the Bulldogs tomorrow.
The Bulldogs will also be chasing an Ivy League championships in all three relays - 4x100m, 4x400m and 4x800m.
The Elis also qualified two runners in the 1500-meter preliminaries today -- senior James Randon, who snagged the fastest qualifying time in the event, and senior Trevor Reinhart. Several other distance runners will race tomorrow in events that did not have preliminaries. In the 5000-meter run, we will see Houston, senior Andre Ivankovic, freshman Jonathan Lomogda, and freshman Armstrong Noonan. Ivankovic and junior Matt Chisholm will also compete in the 3000-meter steeplechase.
Several field events will also take place tomorrow. Sophomore Keith McCord and freshman Spencer O'Neill have the potential to score for the Elis in the high jump, while sophomore Marcus Downs could do the same in the discus throw.
Tomorrow's events will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Dewitt Cuyler Track & Field Complex. Live results for the day's events will be available here, and live video will be available here via the Ivy League Digital Network. A compiled list of information about the meet can be found here.
Report by Olivia Paschal '18, Yale Sports Publicity.