Gomes and McCord Take Runner-Up, Team Seventh at Ivy Heps

CJ McCord (photo by Steve Musco)
CJ McCord (photo by Steve Musco)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's track and field team wrapped up competition earlier today at the Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships, hosted by Dartmouth. The Bulldogs finished the meet with 46 points, placing them seventh overall. Princeton won the meet with 169 total points.

Today's efforts were led by a pair of runner-up finishes in the 60mH and the high jump. Captain Paedyn Gomes set a new personal record of 7.82 in the 60mH, which is the 28th fastest time run this year among NCAA Division I athletes. Gomes is now the fastest Bulldog to ever run the 60mH, as 55 meters used to be the conventional hurdling distance until the late 1980's. When his mark is appropriately converted down to the outdated distance of 55 meters, he moves to second all time for Yale athletes.

In the high jump, CJ McCord shocked the rest of the field with his second place performance after entering the meet ranked 15th in the Ivy League. His jump of 2.08m is a new college best for him and currently places him fourth on Yale's all-time indoor list.

Spencer O'Neill and Cody Clements joined McCord in the high jump, placing seventh and ninth, respectively. O'Neill tied his current college best mark of 2.00m. After competing in the shot put yesterday, Andrew Rochon returned to the pit for today's weight throw where he placed 12th.

In today's final of the 800m run, Cameron Wyman finished in sixth, scoring points for the team in his first indoor Heps. Wyman was ranked 20th in the league leading in to the meet. In the finals of the mile run, Thomas Gmür finished in ninth place after entering the meet ranked 18th. In the 5,000m run, Nick Dahl and Charlie Gardner, in their first indoor Heps, placed 15th and 19th, respectively.

In the finals of the 60m dash, Kyle Macauley and Vincent Vaughns came into the day looking to score big for the Bulldogs, following their impressive performances last year. Vaughns finished in fourth with a time of 6.93, while Macauley placed fifth, running a time of 6.94. Macauley returned to the track for the 200m finals, running 22.30 and placing sixth.

The final three events of the day were the relay events, where the Bulldogs had a strong showing in each. The distance medley relay team of Allen Siegler, Kyle Macauley, Cameron Wyman and Trevor Reinhart finished in fourth place, with a total time of 9:57.54. The Bulldogs finished fifth in the 4x800m relay with a time of 7:42.20, and a team of Will Laird, James Lewis, Thomas Gmür and Matt Chisholm. Concluding the day for the Bulldogs was the 4x400m relay team of Ekrem Ayhan, Connor Hill, Alex McIntyre and Gregory Campbell, Jr., placing seventh with a time of 3:18.49.

Today marked the end of the indoor season for many of the Bulldogs, but those who have met the qualifying standards will continue competition at the IC4A Championships on March 3rd and 4th hosted by Boston University. Those who have not qualified for IC4A's will continue to train until the beginning of the outdoor season.


Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity