BOSTON, Mass. – The Yale men's track and field team concluded its indoor campaign Sunday at the ICAAAA Indoor Championships, hosted by Boston University. The two-day meet featured 10 Bulldogs across six different events, and was highlighted by a victory in the mile by Nick Dahl with a huge personal record of 4:05.10. Several other Bulldogs set new personal and seasonal bests over the weekend, and the team combined for a total of 33 points, placing seventh.
The final day of competition got started for the Bulldogs with the mile run finals, in which Dahl and Allen Siegler were set to take part. Once the race got underway, Dahl positioned himself perfectly on the shoulder of the leader and maintained contact with the front of the pack until he made his move with just over 400 meters remaining. He ran a gritty final lap, holding off his challengers for a dramatic victory. When asked about what this race meant to him, Dahl cited his comeback from injury being a major motivating factor, saying, "It's been such an affirming season, getting to progress from injury to achievement and ending it all with a win for the Y. I was really able to accomplish what I wanted today because of my teammates, namely Allen, who's been step for step with me all season. We are going to keep this momentum riding into the outdoor season where more awaits us."
Siegler also had a successful race, scoring for the Bulldogs with a sixth place finish and time of 4:07.16. He really progressed into form this season, and has his eyes set on continuing that progression in the spring.
In the 3,000m run, Robert Miranda ran the race of his career, finishing fifth with a new personal record of 8:11.19. Miranda's time is a new Yale First-Year record, smashing the previous record by over four seconds, which was previously held by Yale great Kevin Dooney, class of 2016. Miranda is now the 22nd-ranked First-Year in the country. Going into the upcoming outdoor season, and the rest of his career, he will certainly be a Bulldog to watch.
In the final jump of his indoor career, Austin Laut cleared 5.20m (17' 0.75") to tie his personal best in the pole vault. Laut tied a jumper from Harvard for the win, but ultimately lost in a jump-off for the title, capping his senior season with back-to-back runner-ups from Ivy Heps and IC4A's. Laut has been one of the best vaulters in the region throughout his career as a Bulldog, and he proved that this season.
Jimmy Shih finished second in his flight of the triple jump with a mark of 14.45m (47' 5.0"), his second best jump of the season and his best since early January. Shih ended up placing 13th overall.
In the finals of the 200m dash, Ekrem Ayhan placed 10th of 13 finalists after setting a new personal record of 21.69 in Saturday's preliminary round.
The Bulldogs will now focus on training for the upcoming outdoor season, which is set to begin March 30 at the Raleigh Relays. Results from this weekend's meet can be accessed here.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity