NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's track and field team competed yesterday at the Mark Young Invitational, held at its home track. Temperatures were low and wind speeds were high, but several Bulldogs braved the conditions, taking the opportunity to get in some early-season racing.
In the 800m run, Michael Yuan stormed down the home-stretch to take second place with a solid time of 1:56.89. Alex Whittaker and Kohl Swift closely chased Yuan, finishing fourth and fifth, with times of 1:57.22 and 1:57.49, respectively.
In the first section of the 1500m run, all four Elis competing finished within 0.6 seconds of each other. Austin Stoner, Jonathan Lomogda, Patrick Perry and Neil Braganza all raced well, running 4:06.35, 4:06.66, 4:06.78 and 4:06.92, respectively. In the second section of the 1500m run, Zach Capello ran 4:21.14 in his first race back as a Bulldog in over two years.
In his first collegiate contest of the 400m hurdles, Jackson Chapman won his section, in impressive fashion, with a time of 57.63.
In the high jump, CJ McCord continued to be victorious, now holding onto a perfect season, with a jump of 2.00m. Spencer O'Neill, in his outdoor season debut, placed third in the high jump, with a mark of 1.90m. After three fouls, Jimmy Shih found his rhythm in the triple jump, winning the event with a distance of 14.41m. Mike Koller competed in the long jump, for the first time in his collegiate career, placing 10th with a jump of 5.87m.
Another Eli holding onto a perfect season after this weekend's meet is Austin Laut in the pole vault. Laut won the event with a mark of 4.95m.
In the shot put, Jake Hoops threw far out of the gate, placing third with his first mark of 14.82m. Andrew Rochon placed fifth in the shot put, with a throw of 13.80m, and eighth in the hammer throw, with a mark of 38.75m.
Results from the meet can be found here. The Bulldogs will compete again next Saturday at home for the Harvard-Yale meet.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity