Yale Defeats Harvard, Falls to Princeton at Annual Tri-Meet

Yale Defeats Harvard, Falls to Princeton at Annual Tri-Meet

Feb. 16, 2008

Complete Results

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A perfect league record eluded the Bulldogs this indoor season, as a deep Princeton team scored 92 points to overcome Yale's 52 and Harvard's 25. The annual triangular meet, this year held on Yale's home track at Coxe Cage, is a longstanding tradition that leads up to the indoor Heptagonal Championships in two weeks. The competition dates back many decades to include the years when current Director of Yale Track and Field Mark Young competed for the Bulldogs. Young still holds the meet record of 1:02.04 for the 500-meter dash, set in 1968.

Yale started off the day by scoring points in the field events, with juniors Jeffrey Lachman and Nathan Noll taking third and fourth, respectively, in the weight throw. Lachman also placed second in the shot put. Freshman Stephen Paquin was fourth in the long jump, sophomore Reynolds Holmes was third in the triple jump and sophomore Eric DePalo placed second in the pole vault.

The first two wins of the day came in the sprints: senior Dan O'Brien won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.21, and shortly after fellow senior Victor Cheng won the 60-meter dash in 6.87.

Sophomore Kevin Brown had a break-out race in the mile run, placing third in a time of 4:11.44, barely being caught at the line by Harvard's Daniel Chenoweth. Junior Jared Bell took out the pace early, leading the first half of the race, but faded to finish sixth in 4:14.02.

In the 400-meter run, sophomore David Soiles took second overall after winning the second heat in 49.51. Freshman Marty Evans placed second in the first heat in 49.76 to place fourth. Both Bulldogs earn a spot on Yale's top-15 all-time indoor list with these efforts. Moments later, sophomore Remi Ray placed second in the 500-meter run in 1:04.06

In the 800-meter run, senior Matthew Bordoni flew down the final stretch to win in 1:54.83.

Middle-distance success continued into the 1,000-meter run, where sophomore Chris Labosky dominated the later stages of the race to win in a three-second personal best of 2:25.54, moving him up to No. 9 on Yale's all-time indoor list. Not far behind was senior Tadhg O'Callaghan, who placed third in 2:27.37. Both men were well under the IC4A standard of 2:29.95.

Yale frosh Chris Stanley and Nathan Molina went 1-2 in the 200-meter dash, which was an un-scored event since it is not contested at the Heptagonal Championships.

In the 3,000-meter run, an astounding seven finishers met the IC4A-qualifying standard, including freshman Johnny Van Deventer (fifth, 8:21.09) and senior Eric Kerchberger (seventh, 8:29.48).

Yale cleaned up in the relays at the end of the meet, with convincing wins and season bests in both the 4x400 meter relay and the 4x800 meter relay, in 3:17.09 and 7:41.03, respectively.

This meet concludes the regular season for the Bulldogs. In two weeks, the Elis will get another shot at taming the Tigers at the 2008 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, which will be held at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. on March 1st and 2nd. Princeton won the Indoor Heps Championships in 2007 with 154 points, and Yale placed sixth.

Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity