NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's track and field team began their outdoor season yesterday at the Ross and Sharon Irwin Collegiate Scoring Meet, hosted by Point Loma University in San Diego. The Bulldogs placed fifth of 12 teams, scoring 95 points. Navy won the meet with 224 points. In total, four Bulldogs were victorious in their events: Paedyn Gomes in the 110mH, Austin Laut in the pole vault, CJ McCord in the high jump and Vincent Vaughns in the 200m dash.
In the running events, many Bulldogs set new personal records and earned places on Yale's all-time top 15 lists. In the 100m dash, Vincent Vaughns was barely edged-out for second with a time of 10.59. Kyle Macauley placed fifth, tying his personal record of 10.84, Ekrem Ayhan finished eighth with a new personal record of 11.03, Alex Young placed 14th with an 11.15 and Alex McIntyre ran an 11.27, placing 19th. The Bulldogs dominated the 200m dash, nearly sweeping the top five spots, taking home first, third, fourth and fifth place. Vaughns won the race in impressive fashion, setting a new personal record of 21.18, the 7th fastest time in school history. Paedyn Gomes finished third in the 200m dash, a change of pace for the hurdler, setting a new personal record of 21.72. Macauley took fourth with a new college best time of 21.96, followed closely by Ayhan in fifth with a 21.98.
Gomes' day, however, was not highlighted by his performance in the 200m dash, rather his victory in the 110mH. His winning time of 14.06 is a new personal record and places him second all-time on Yale's top-15 list, less than 0.2 seconds behind the school record of 13.87. Also earning a spot on the all-time top 15 list was the 4x100m relay team of Gomes, Vaughns, Macauley and McIntyre. They placed second with a time of 40.97, which is sixth all-time at Yale.
CJ McCord distanced himself from the rest of the field in the high jump, winning the event with a jump of 2.01m, placing him tenth all-time on Yale's list. Austin Laut won the pole vault, almost a foot higher than second place, with a jump of 5.11m. Andrew Rochon was the only Bulldog to compete in the throwing events, setting new college bests in both the shot put and hammer throw. He placed seventh in the shot put, throwing 14.44m, and eighth in the hammer throw, with a mark of 40.37m.
The Elis will next compete at the Raleigh Relays March 30-31 in Raleigh, N.C. Complete results from yesterday's meet can be found here.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity