NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Two members of the Yale men's track and field team competed today at the first day of the NCAA East Preliminary Round, hosted by South Florida in Tampa, Fla. Temperatures were as high as the level of competition, with the top 48 athletes from the east region fighting for qualification to the NCAA National Championships. The Bulldogs were represented by Austin Laut in the pole vault and Trevor Reinhart in the 1500m run.
Laut was perfect over his first two vaults, clearing 4.85m and then 5.00m without fault, before knocking down the bar for each of his attempts at 5.15m. Laut immediately recognized that the warm temperatures caused him to feel looser and more powerful, and commented after the event, "It's weird – that I didn't clear the bar, but am still happy with my final jumps. I can't complain because they were good jumps and I felt so good for all of my attempts."
Laut placed 22nd, after entering the meet ranked 31st. At this meet in 2017, Laut placed 39th, so this year's result is a large improvement on his performance. Today marked the end of Laut's outdoor season.
Reinhart entered the first round of the 1500m with the 10th seed in the east region, but what many did not know was that he has been battling sickness in the recent weeks. Nevertheless, Reinhart fought hard from the gun, even leading the race at one point, before fatigue took over toward the end of the race. Reinhart finished 46th in the event with a time of 3:56.87. His next move will be to rest and recover to full health before preparing for the 2018 cross country season – his last as a Bulldog.
Paedyn Gomes is set to race in the first round of the 110mH tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. If he qualifies for the quarterfinals, he will race again Saturday at 1:35 p.m. A recap with results will be posted following Gomes' race tomorrow.
Results from today are available here.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity.