NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's track and field team will travel to Boston University on Saturday to compete in the 2018 David Hemery Valentine Invitational. This meet is one of the largest and most competitive of the year for the Bulldogs, featuring thousands of the country's best collegiate and professional athletes. Even with such stiff competition, expect to see many Bulldogs still finishing high in their events. Most of the athletes on the team will be competing in their ideal events on Saturday, and a few athletes will be making their season debuts.
Kyle Macauley and Vincent Vaughns will both be competing in the 200m dash, which has been notoriously fast at this meet in past years. Vaughns is coming off a stellar performance in the 200m dash from last weekend at the Villanova Invitational, missing the school record by 0.03 seconds. Since the oval at Boston University is known for producing fast times, expect to see most of the Bulldog sprinters opt out of the shorter 60m dash and instead compete in a longer race, such as the 200m dash or the 400m dash. Captain Paedyn Gomes will be looking to gauge his fitness against some of the nation's best in the 60mH, an event that he has dominated since winning Ivy Heps indoors last year. The Bulldogs' 4x400m relay team will also take to the track, as they only have a few more weeks before Ivy Heps to polish their squad.
Distance events at the Valentine Invitational are always quick and competitive, and this year should be no different. Headlining the distance effort will be the mile crew of Matt Chisholm, Thomas Gmür, Will Laird, Trevor Reinhart and Allen Siegler. Last year, the mile featured more than 300 competitors, with 31 athletes running faster than 4:10 and two athletes breaking 4:00. As usual for this meet, many of the Bulldogs' distance runners will be competing in either the 3,000m run or the 5,000m run, as those events are known to produce fast times.
Off the track, Austin Laut will lead the jumps squad this weekend, as he continues to aim higher and higher in the pole vault. Cody Clements and Spencer O'Neill will be competing in the high jump, and expect to see Jimmy Shih hunt for a top spot in the triple jump. In the throws, Jake Hoops will compete in the shot put, and Andrew Rochon is likely to compete in both the shot put and the weight throw. Success in the field events will be key for the Bulldogs at Ivy Heps later this month, so expect to see hard efforts this weekend as they gauge their fitness against such stiff competition.
Live video of the meet will be available for purchase on flotrack.org, a schedule of events can be found here and results will be available on lancertiming.com. A full recap will be posted after the meet.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity