NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The Yale men's track and field team raced its first meet of the 2017-2018 season on Saturday at the Yale Season Opener in Coxe Cage. This was a strong first meet for the Bulldogs, as they set many new personal records and took home an individual first place. Senior Captain Paedyn Gomes commented on the early success of the Bulldogs saying, "This meet showed the work that we have been putting in over the off-season, there is a lot more of us to see and we are excited to realize our potential."
Junior Jimmy Shih was the sole Bulldog to claim a first place spot for the men's team. Shih won the triple jump, jumping 14.18m, a promising start of the season for the upperclassman. Senior jumper Carl Mansson finished sixth in the long jump and is looking poised to set some impressive marks later this season. In the other jumping events, Juniors Cody Clements and Austin Laut finished sixth in the high jump and second in the pole vault, respectively. Senior Michael Koller finished eighth in the high jump, while sophomore Spencer O'Neill was the top Yalie in the high jump, finishing third overall with a jump of 1.94m. First year Kyle Brown followed Laut for third in the pole vault, with an impressive first collegiate jump of 4.65m.
The throws squad started the morning off with the weight throw, as first year Andrew Rochon set his first mark of the season at 14.50m, placing him sixth. Senior Jacob Hoops competed in the shot put, finishing in eighth with a throw of 14.15m. Rochon also competed in the shot put, finishing 10th.
The Elis also saw success on the track kicked off by Paedyn Gomes finishing in second place in the 60mH with a time of 7.94, a new personal record. First year Ben Shelley got a taste of collegiate competition, racing in the 60mH alongside Gomes in which he finished ninth. Sophomore Kyle Macauley finished fourth in the 60m dash, with a new personal record time of 6.89. Sophomore Jonathan Ascher was the only Bulldog to race the 200m dash. He placed 20th with a time of 23.66. Sophomore Kohl Swift was the sole representative of the distance/middle distance squad with a great performance in the 1,000m, barely getting edged out for second place with a time of 2:31.98. Ending the day for the Elis was the men's 4x400m relay team of Jonathan Ascher, Fergal Burnett-Small, Gregory Campbell and Jackson Chapman.
Full results can be found here.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity