NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's track and field team will head to Hanover, N.H., this weekend for the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, hosted by Dartmouth. Coming off a tie with Dartmouth for third place at this meet last year, the Bulldogs feel as if they have something to prove this time around. The team's individual efforts this weekend will likely be led by Paedyn Gomes, Austin Laut and Trevor Reinhart, who all have set themselves up nicely to compete for the title in each of their individual events.
Gomes, the team's captain, is the only Eli entering the meet as a defending champion, after winning the 60mH last year. He has been putting together a very solid season, and is currently ranked first in the Ivy League in the 60mH. When asked about what this meet means to himself and the team, Gomes responded, "It means a lot in terms of proving that we can hold our own. Heps always brings out great performances and I think the energy, competitiveness and overall atmosphere can help us come together and perform well when we all need to. My personal goals are to go out there and energize the team, do my best, score some points and prove that my place from last year wasn't a fluke."
Austin Laut will lead the field athletes into action this weekend, entering the meet ranked fourth in the pole vault. Laut finished in fourth place last year, so he will certainly have his sights set on improving his result this weekend. Kyle Brown will also be competing in the pole vault this weekend, entering the meet ranked 12th. In the high jump, Cody Clements and Spencer O'Neill are entering the meet tied for ninth in the rankings, while CJ McCord is ranked 15th and Mike Koller is ranked 19th. Jimmy Shih has been having a stellar season, and is going into the weekend currently ranked 10th in the triple jump and 11th in the long jump. Joining Shih in those events will be Carl Mansson, ranked 17th in the triple jump. Jake Hoops will be going into the meet ranked 14th in the shot put, followed by Andrew Rochon, who ranks 17th in the shot put and 15th in the weight throw.
The Bulldogs' distance squad will be looking to make a sizeable contribution to the team's scoring effort this weekend, led by Trevor Reinhart in the 3,000m run. Reinhart is currently ranked fourth in the 3,000m run, and he will be joined in that event by Armstrong Noonan. In the 800m run, expect to see James Lewis, Kohl Swift and Cameron Wyman. Wyman is entering the meet ranked 20th. Will Laird, Allen Siegler, Austin Stoner and Michael Yuan will all be taking on the 1,000m run this weekend. In the mile run, Matt Chisholm and Thomas Gmür will toe the line against the league's best. Gmür is entering the meet ranked 18th in that event. Nick Dahl, Charlie Gardner and Jonathan Lomogda will all compete in the meet's longest race: the 5,000m run. Gardner is currently ranked ninth in the Ivy League in that event. This weekend, the distance events will be wrapped up with the 4x800m relay and the distance medley relay, in which the Bulldogs always compete well.
In the shorter events on the track, Vincent Vaughns and Kyle Macauley enter the meet ranked tenth and 11th, respectively, in the 60m dash. Vaughns and Macauley are also ranked sixth and 18th, respectively, in the 200m dash. Last year, Vaughns placed fourth in the 60m dash and third in the 200m dash, while Macauley placed sixth in the 60m dash. Ekrem Ayhan will also compete in the 200m dash, in which he is ranked 20th. Gregory Campbell, Jr., is currently ranked 15th in the 400m dash, and is looking to continue what has been a strong season for him thus far. Expect to see the Bulldogs close out the meet with the 4x400m relay. The Bulldogs finished in second place last year, and are currently ranked fifth in that event.
The meet is set to begin on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and continue on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Live video of the meet will be available to stream here via the Ivy League Digital Network. Meet information is available here and live results will be available here. Full results will be posted after the meet.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity