Elis Complete First Day of Heps

Feb. 24, 2007

New York, N.Y. - Yale had many qualifiers come out of the trial/semifinal rounds the first day of competition Saturday afternoon at Indoor Heps. The 60-meter dash proved to be Yale's strongest event, with three qualifying for Sunday's final - Victor Cheng (Seattle, Wash.), Brandon Giles (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Russell Kempf (Clemmons, N.C.).

John Langhauser (Basking Ridge, N.J.) was the first Eli to score when he placed fifth in the weight throw with a toss of 16.59 meters. Reynolds Holmes (Los Angeles, Calif.) finished fifth in the long jump with a distance of 7.11 meters. Eric DePalo (Westborough, Mass.) placed sixth in the pole vault, finishing at a height of 4.65 meters.

In the mile run, Brian Gertzen (Linwood, N.J.) qualified for finals, placing second in his heat with a time of 4:11.44.

Dan O'Brien (Providence, R.I.), Yale's lone entry in the 60-meter hurdles, was second in his heat with a time of 8.18, and is ranked third going into finals.

Yale also had a pair of qualifiers in the 1,000-meter run. Connor Kilpatric (Seattle, Wash.) and Matthew Shaffer (Delmar, N.Y.) were both second in their respective heats, running times of 2:33.16 and 2:27.13.

In the 60-meter dash, both Cheng and Giles won their heats while running the same time of 6.88. Kempf was second just behind Cheng with a time of 6.99.

Princeton ended the day in the lead with 55 points. Yale was tied with Harvard for seventh with five points. Competition resumes Sunday morning.

Report by Victor Cheng '08, Yale Sports Publicity