NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's cross country and track and field program has announced its incoming first-year class for the 2018-2019 seasons. In total, 11 athletes will be joining the Bulldogs' effort, including six distance runners and five athletes to compete as sprinters, jumpers or throwers. Following a handful of successful seasons by the Bulldogs, these athletes are joining a rapidly-improving team and will enter this year looking to contribute to the journey for an Ivy League team title.
The incoming first-year class is not only well decorated on the track, but also in the classroom. The group includes student-athletes who have won state championships, set state records and competed in international competitions on the track, and are also national merit finalists, served as school presidents and received numerous academic scholarships as students. Their impact on the team will exceed athletic ability, as they will also be successful students and peers outside of practice and competition – in classrooms and around campus.
In the past, first-years have proven to be competitive for the Bulldogs at big meets, so these incoming athletes will have the opportunity to make a meaningful impact as early as their first season. Last season, Ekrem Ayhan scored at Ivy Heps outdoors as a first-year in the 400m dash, and during the 2017 season, Vincent Vaughns placed third in the 200m dash at Ivy Heps indoors as a first-year.
These athletes are the future of the Yale program, and each individual is listed below along with a description, including his event(s) and accomplishments.
Bellingham High School
Before Yale: Cross country team captain for four years… Two-time District 1 Champion in 3200m run… Northwest Conference and District 1 cross country Champion 2016 and2017… 2017 2A State Champion in cross country… ASB President Junior and Senior years.
Wilton High School
Before Yale: Captain of high school track and field team for three years… FCIAC Indoor Champion 300m… FCIAC Outdoor Champion 200m and 400m… High school record holder 300m indoors, 400m indoors and 400m outdoors… FCIAC meet record holder 300m indoors… Second place at Connecticut State Championships 200m and 400m.
Barrington High School
Hammer Throw 158-00 ft.
Weight Throw 64-8 ft.
Before Yale: Outdoor and indoor throws captain ... Sixth at 2017 Rhode Island Class B Championships in hammer throw… 2017 Eastern Division Champion in hammer throw.
Arcadia High School
Long Jump 24-1.5 ft.
Before Yale: District record holder for the long jump… Two-time first team all Pacific League… Team M.V.P… Recipient of Foot Locker Scholar Athlete scholarship… Commended National Merit Scholar… Co-founder of non-profit helping less-fortunate in Los Angeles… CEO and co-founder of a successful clothing brand.
5K XC 15:09
Before Yale: Team captain three years… Third at California State Cross Country Championships… Competed at California State Championships twice in the 3200m… Helped start a music therapy program at a children's hospital.
Cheshire High School
5K XC 15:36
Before Yale: Third in 1600m at 2018 SCC Championships… Fourth place in 3200m at 2016 New England Championships… Second at 2017 Connecticut Cross Country State Championships.
La Canada Flintridge, Calif.
3 miles XC 14:42
Before Yale: Cross country team captain junior and senior years… 2017 Pasadena Star News Runner of the Year… Division 4/5 Mt. Sac Invitational Cross Country Champion… Division 4 CIF(ss) 3200m Champion… Division 5 CIF State Cross Country Champion… Vice President of Politics Club.
Before Yale: Represented Great Britain in Great Edinburgh International Cross Country meet 2018… Finished 12th in English Schools Cross Country Championships 2016… Finished seventh in Liverpool Cross Country Challenge… Finished 13th in English Nationals Cross Country Championships 2017.
The Catlin Gabel School
Before Yale: Oregon 3A Outdoor Track and Field Champion in the 400m 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018… Oregon 3A Outdoor Track and Field Champion 4x400m 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018… 2018 Oregon 3A Outdoor Track and Field Champion in 100m and 200m… Oregon 3A Outdoor Track and Field 4x100m Champion 2017… Oregon 3A Outdoor Track and Field Champion 800m 2016 and 2017… Oregon 3A Outdoor Track and Field 100m Runner-Up 2016… Holds Oregon 3A state records in the 100m, 200m and 400m… Team captain 2016, 2017 and 2018… School record holder in 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x400m and Distance Medley Relay… Oregon Sports Awards male track and field Athlete of the Year 2018.
Southend-on-Sea, Essex, U.K.
Southend High School for Boys
Before Yale: Triathlete and duathlete turned runner… British U20 Triathlon Champion… European and World U20 Duathlon Champion… State 1500m Champion.
Saint Ignatius High School
Before Yale: 2016 4x100m State Champion… School record holder 200m, 4x100m and sprint medley… Team M.V.P. junior and senior year… National Merit Finalist… Leads the LabreMinistry to the Homeless.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity.