NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's track and field team will be traveling to New Jersey for the Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Championships, to be held Saturday and Sunday at the Weaver Track on Princeton's campus. Relevant links, including live results, meet schedules and live video, along with previews for each day of competition can be found below.
The Bulldogs are going into the first day of competition with a deep squad, looking to qualify as many athletes as they can to Sunday's finals. The highlights of Saturday's competition will be the finals of the long jump, hammer throw, pole vault and 10,000m run, in which team points will be up for grabs.
Jack Dunn and Andrew Rochon will kick things off with the hammer throw, in which Dunn is ranked 12th and Rochon is ranked 14th. Following them will be Darius Jing competing in the long jump. The pole vault, a crucial event for the Bulldogs, will feature Austin Laut in his final Heptagonal appearance. He currently sits on the second-ranked position in the league, and will be chasing his first Ivy Heps championship – he was fifth in 2018, and runner-up at the 2019 indoor championships.
On the track, most of the action will be in the form of qualifying rounds for Sunday's finals, with the exception of the 10,000m run, set to feature Cade Brown, Evan Pattinelli and Patrick Perry. Brown has already shown his prowess in that distance earlier this season and is entering the race ranked ninth.
The Bulldogs will seemingly rely a good bit on their sprinters this week, as they are entered heavily and rank highly in each event. Kyle Macauley, Vincent Vaughns, Alex Young and Phil Zuccaro will be competing in the 100m dash, the shortest on the track. Vaughns is currently ranked fifth and also placed fifth in 2018, Zuccaro is ranked 11th and Young is ranked 15th. In the 200m dash, expect the Bulldogs to be lethal: Vaughns is currently ranked third after finishing runner-up in 2018 and Ekrem Ayhan holds the sixth-fastest time of league this season. Young, Zuccaro and Alex McIntyre will also be competing in the 200m dash. The 400m dash is just as stacked for the Bulldogs, and will include Ayhan, Fergal Burnett Small, Chris Colbert, Connor Hill and Juma Sei. Sei is going into the meet ranked second, Ayhan is ranked fourth and finished sixth in 2018, Hill is ranked 10th and Colbert is ranked 15th. All of these athletes will be vying for a spot in Sunday's final, and they all have proven that to be possible with their performances so far in 2019.
In the 1500m run, Nick Dahl, Will Laird and Allen Siegler will all try to slide into Sunday's final in what is always an exciting event at the Heptagonal Championships. Dahl secured the top time in the league this season, while Siegler currently sits on the eighth ranking. Both of these athletes scored in the mile at the indoor championships this year. Cameron Wyman will be the sole Bulldog in the 800m run, and is currently ranked 11th. Jackson Chapman will also see the track Saturday, as he is set to compete in the 400m hurdles, in which he is ranked 15th.
Going into the final day of competition, the Bulldogs will be aiming their sights on scoring points, as the majority of the finals will take place Sunday. The recap to be posted Saturday evening will detail which athletes qualified for their finals. Aside from those events with qualifying rounds, the remainder of the field events, the 5,000m run, the 3,000m steeplechase and the relays will take place Sunday.
Jimmy Shih is entering the triple jump with the 11th best mark of 2019, and placed seventh at this meet in 2018 – in his final Heps as a Bulldog he certainly will be looking to make the podium and score for the team. Rochon will return in the shot put, in which he holds the 13th ranking. CJ McCord, a prolific point-scorer for the Bulldogs, will be competing in the high jump and is currently ranked fourth. Spencer O'Neill will join McCord in the high jump with the 10th highest mark in the league this season.
The Bulldogs are looking strong again in the 3,000m steeplechase, thanks to the help of Harrison Smith and Robert Miranda. Miranda is coming off a breakout performance from the Penn Relays and is now ranked eighth in the league, Smith is close behind with his ranking of 15th. Jonathan Lomogda and Brendan Murray are slated to compete in the 5,000m run, in which Lomogda currently holds the 14th fastest time in the league this season; he was 18th in 2018.
The remaining finals to take place Sunday are the relay events, which the Bulldogs historically rely upon for big points. The 4x100m relay team of Ayhan, Macauley, Sei and Vaughns is currently ranked second and will have its eyes on the top spot. The 4x400m relay squad of Ayhan, Hill, Macauley and Sei currently holds the third-fastest time in the league. The 4x800m relay will feature a team of Dahl, Laird, Siegler and Wyman, and while they have yet to race this event this year, the Bulldogs finished third in 2018 with a team that included Siegler and Wyman.
Recaps will be posted following both days of competition.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity