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Vaughns and Laut Claim Victory at the Villanova Invitational  

Vincent Vaughns (photo by Greg Sohanchyk, Yale Sports Publicity)
Vincent Vaughns (photo by Greg Sohanchyk, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's track and field team traveled to the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Center in Staten Island, N.Y., for the Villanova Invitational earlier today. Vincent Vaughns claimed victory in the 200m dash against an impressive field, setting a new personal record of 21.61 seconds. Vaughns' time is second all-time for the Elis, just 0.02 seconds away from the school record set last year by Marc-Andre Alexandre. Coming off a personal record performance in the 60m dash from last week, Vaughns' season is shaping up very well. The Bulldogs also found victory with Austin Laut in the pole vault, where he jumped 4.85m.

Vaughns also competed in the 60m dash, where he ran 6.95 in the preliminaries and 7.00 in the finals, placing seventh. Kyle Macauley placed 12th in the 60m dash with a time of 7.05, followed by Alex Young in 18th with a time of 7.18. Joining Vaughns in the 200m dash were Connor Hill, Gregory Campbell, Jr. and Alex McIntyre, placing 10th, 16th and 17th, respectively. Hill matched his season best of 22.56, and McIntyre set a new season best time of 22.84. Ekrem Ayhan represented the Bulldogs in the 400m dash, placing 13th with a time of 50.26. Considering that a number of the Bulldogs' sprinters sat out this week in order to rest, the sprinting squad is looking polished heading towards the Ivy League Championships later this month. 

The Elis' field athletes were led by Laut's victory in the pole vault and Carl Mansson's new season best mark of 6.48m in the long jump. Kyle Brown joined Laut in the pole vault, placing sixth with a mark of 4.55m. Cody Clements and Spencer O'Neill competed in the high jump, placing fifth and sixth, respectively. Clements finished with a mark of 1.97m, and O'Neill jumped 1.92m. The Elis' throwers were led by Jacob Hoops and Andrew Rochon in the shot put, where they placed seventh and eighth, respectively. Hoops finished with a mark of 14.00m, and Rochon threw 13.65m. Rochon also competed in the weight throw, placing sixth with a throw of 14.71m.

The Bulldogs will travel to Boston next Saturday, February 9th for the Valentine Invitational, hosted by Boston University. Full results from today's meet can be found here.

 

Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity