Holmes Finishes Fourth in Long Jump at Heps

Reynolds Holmes (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Feb. 28, 2009

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - After the first day of the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, the Bulldogs are tied for sixth place. While most running events were only preliminary heats on Saturday, a few field events gave the Bulldogs an opportunity to score some points before heading into the final day of competition on Sunday. Junior Reynolds Holmes brought in the Bulldogs' first points of the meet, placing fourth in the long jump. Holmes leaped 7.04 meters (23'-1.75") on his third attempt, securing four points for the team, and besting the IC4A-qualifying mark in the event.

The only final in a running event on Saturday was the 3,000-meter run. Junior Jeff Perrella moved up in the later stages of the race, but missed scoring by a mere second, placing seventh in 8:28.49.

Throughout the day, the Bulldogs had athletes qualify for the finals of the running events, which will take place on Sunday.

Freshman Matthew Bieszard qualified for the 400-meter dash with his time of 49.58 after placing second in his preliminary heat; this time ranks Bieszard No. 15 on Yale's All-time indoor performance list.

Moments later, juniors Remi Ray and David Soiles advanced to the finals of the 500-meter dash. Ray, who has run the fastest 500m time in the Ivy League so far this season, easily won his preliminary heat with a time of 1:03.39. Soiles cruised to victory in his heat as well, crossing the line in 1:04.50.

In the 1,000-meter run, senior Murat Kayali qualified with his time of 2:26.65, which is No. 14 All-time for Yale indoors.

Seniors Jared Bell and Jake Gallagher earned automatic qualification for the mile run by placing second in their preliminary heats, running 4:10.26 and 4:10.80, respectively.

The Bulldogs will compete on Sunday starting at 10:30 a.m. with the men's high jump final. For live results and meet information, visit the Ivy League Heps Track & Field Blog.

Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity