NEW HAVEN, Conn.—On Saturday, the Yale men's track and field team will travel to Hanover, N.H., for its first Ivy League competition of the indoor season. The Bulldogs will be competing in the Yale-Dartmouth-Columbia tri-meet in what will be their first away meet as well as their first scored meet, meaning that this will be a fantastic opportunity for the team to assess which events may need polishing before Ivy Heps in February.
Many athletes will make their season debuts on Saturday. In years past, some of the Bulldogs' top runners raced in their first indoor meet at this event, and we should expect to see that happen this year as well. At the 2017 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, Columbia bared its teeth on the track, mainly in the middle distance/distance events, while Dartmouth relied more upon its field competitors and Heptathletes. The Bulldogs featured a more well-rounded team, which will continue to be their mode of operation in the coming meets.
In the field events, junior pole vaulter Austin Laut will be looking to build upon his impressive performance last week at the 2018 National Pole Vault Summit. Expect to see first-year Kyle Brown vaulting this weekend as well. Senior long jumper Carl Mansson will be joined by junior Jimmy Shih as they face their first competition since the fall semester. Shih will also be competing in the triple jump, which he placed first in at the season opener. Cody Clements, Mike Koller and Spencer O'Neill will all be setting their sights on the high jump this weekend. The Bulldogs' jumpers have greatly improved in the recent years, and they will prove to be valuable point-getters against the talented Ivy League competition they are going to face this weekend.
In the throwing events, first-year Andrew Rochon is coming off two great performances from the Yale Collegiate Invitational in the weight throw and shot put. He will join senior Jake Hoops in facing a stiff Dartmouth throws squad.
On the track, expect to see many season debuts in the longer events, as the distance squad has only fielded one competitor this season thus far. Junior Trevor Reinhart will be testing out his wheels in the 1,000m run, an event that he has yet to race. Seniors Thomas Gmür and Michael Yuan will be racing the 800m run, lining up next to some of the League's top middle distance runners. The other senior distance runners competing this weekend are Ryan Brady and Matt Chisholm; they are both entered in the mile. Sophomores Jonathan Lomogda and Armstrong Noonan will be racing in the mile and 3,000m races, respectively. Fellow sophomores James Lewis and Kohl Swift will be "racing down" this meet, meaning that they will be competing in a shorter and faster event than they usually would, which for them will be the 500m run. The rest of the distance squad will likely be first-years entered in either the mile or the 3,000m, looking to get their first experience with Ivy League competition on a track.
Senior captain Paedyn Gomes will lead the team's sprinters and hurdlers, as we can expect to see him race in the 60mH, an event in which he is the defending Ivy League champion. Sophomores Kyle Macauley and Vincent Vaughns performed well for the Elis last season in the short sprints, so expect to see them competing this week in either the 60m dash or the 200m dash. Junior sprinter Alex McIntyre has yet to compete this season, so he could be a nice addition to the Bulldogs' long sprints this weekend. As per usual, the team will conclude the day with the 4x400m relay, an event in which the Bulldogs have seen success in the recent years.
The meet will take place on Saturday in Hanover, N.H. Full results and a recap will be posted following the meet.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity