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Bulldogs Travel to Harvard for HYP Meet

Spencer O'Neill. (photo by Steve Musco)
Spencer O'Neill. (photo by Steve Musco)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's track and field team will be traveling to Cambridge, Mass., for the Harvard-Yale-Princeton tri-meet this weekend. Each year, this meet provides strong and passionate competition for the Bulldogs against two of their largest rivals. Last week, against Dartmouth and Columbia, the Bulldogs had a strong showing: they took home second place in a close team race with Dartmouth. This meet will prove to be a valuable opportunity for the Bulldogs to gauge their fitness approaching the Ivy League Championships, as Princeton is the returning Ivy League champion.

Sophomores Kyle Macauley and Vincent Vaughns are coming off impressive showings last week, placing second and first in the 60m dash, respectively. Vaughns' time of 6.88 and Macauley's time of 6.94 were both fast enough to earn them spots on the indoor all-time top 15 list. Both of them, along with longer sprinters Jonathan Ascher, Fergal Burnett Small and Gregory Campbell, Jr., will be assets to the team this weekend. Senior captain Paedyn Gomes ran away with the victory last weekend in the 60mH, dominating with a time of 8.03. As the returning Ivy League champion in that event, he will be looking to score big for the Elis this weekend. Another event that will be crucial for the Elis' scoring effort this weekend will be the 4x400m relay team, which is coming off a win and has historically competed as the best in the Ivy League.

Last weekend saw the indoor debut of many of the Bulldogs' middle distance/distance runners, and we can expect to see most of them in action again on Sunday. Last weekend, Trevor Reinhart showed no mercy, claiming victory in his debut of the 1,000m run with a time of 2:26.59. This weekend, he will be racing in the 3,000m run, an event that he has not competed in since he was a first-year. Joining Reinhart in the 3,000m run will be Neil Braganza, Charlie Gardner, Jonathan Lomogda and Allen Siegler. In the mile run, expect to see Nick Dahl, Will Laird, Armstrong Noonan, Austin Stoner and Michael Yuan. Seniors Matt Chisholm and Thomas Gmür are both coming off stellar races from last week and will be competing in the 1,000 meter run this weekend. In the 800m run, James Lewis, Kohl Swift and Cameron Wyman will all toe the line against some of the league's best middle distance runners.

In the field events, Jimmy Shih will be looking to continue his perfect season, having won every time he has competed in either the long jump or the triple jump. Last week, his triple jump mark of 14.09m earned him a spot on the indoor all-time top 15 list for that event. Look for Shih, along with Carl Mansson, in those events this weekend. Pole vaulters Kyle Brown and Austin Laut will be looking to be a source of points this weekend for the Bulldogs. High jumpers Cody Clements, Mike Koller and Spencer O'Neill will also be competing and aiming to help the Elis in the team race.

Senior Jake Hoops will be leading the Bulldog throwers against stiff competition from both Harvard and Princeton. Hoops will be joined by first-year Andrew Rochon in the shot put, in which Hoops took home third place last weekend. Expect to see Rochon also compete in the weight throw, an event that he has competed in each meet this season.

The Harvard-Yale-Princeton tri-meet will be held this Sunday. Meet information will be updated here as it is made available. Live viewing will be available for purchase on the Ivy League Network. Results will be posted after the meet.

 

Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity