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Track Team Opens Season at Home on Saturday

Cody Clements (Photo by Thomas Gmur).
Cody Clements (Photo by Thomas Gmur).

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The Yale men's track and field team is set to open the 2017-2018 indoor season this Saturday at Coxe Cage with this year's iteration of the annual Yale Season Opener meet. This meet will prove to be of value, as it will be the first of the year for most of the Elis competing. New members of the team, as well as those who haven't seen competition in a long time, will have the chance to get some collegiate racing in, and everyone competing will be setting benchmark performances that should be helpful for future training.

As the Yale Season Opener is the only competition for the Bulldogs that occurs before winter break, the team will handle most of its indoor season once the spring semester is underway. Besides the Season Opener, expect to be able to see the Bulldogs in action at Coxe Cage on Jan. 9 for the Yale Collegiate Invitational and on the weekend of Feb. 2 at the Yale Giegengack Invitational. The team will be traveling away for the bulk of their meets as they will travel to Hanover, N.H. for the Yale, Dartmouth, Columbia meet; Boston for both the Harvard, Yale, Princeton meet and the Boston University Valentine Invitational; and New York for the Armory Invitational. Many of the Bulldogs will complete their indoor season at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships hosted by Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H. on Feb. 24 and 25. In early March, any athletes who qualify will have the opportunity to either compete at the IC4A Championships in Boston, or the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas.

The Elis' outdoor season will begin on Mar. 30, when the team will be traveling during the spring recess to Raleigh, N.C. for the Raleigh Relays, a great opportunity for the team to see some early outdoor competition. There will be three home meets for the Elis this spring, all to be held at the newly renovated Dewitt Cuyler Athletic Complex, starting with the Mark Young Invitational on Apr. 7, followed by Harvard-Yale on Apr. 14 and the Yale Springtime Invitational on Apr. 29. The team will conclude its regular season on May 5 and 6 at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships to be hosted by the University of Pennsylvania. As with the indoor season, athletes will have the opportunity to qualify for post-season competition at either the IC4A Championships in Princeton, N.J. or the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Tampa, Fla.

The Bulldogs' full schedule is available here. The Yale Season Opener begins at 9:00 a.m., the full schedule of events can be found here and performance lists will be available here.

Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity