Yale Finishes Third at the Heptagonal Championships
March 2, 2008
ITHACA, N.Y. - The final day of the Heptagonal Championships was a good one for the Bulldogs: Yale finished up the competition with a third place effort of 58 points, behind only Cornell's 205 and Princeton's 149. This is the highest finish for the men's team at the Indoor Heps Championship since 1991.
The Bulldogs built off a strong first day which was highlighted by Reynolds Holmes' fourth place finish in the long jump. Eric DePalo's second place finish in the pole vault and Jake Gallagher's third place in the 3,000-meter run.
The highest individual finish of the day came from senior Victor Cheng, who placed second in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.91. Just moments before, fellow senior Dan O'Brien placed third in the 60-meter hurdles in a season best 8.15.
The success started much earlier, however; the mile run saw two Elis finish in scoring position. Junior Jared Bell placed fifth in 4:11.29, and sophomore Kevin Brown came from the back of the pack in the final stages of the race to place sixth behind Bell in 4:14.04.
In the 1,000-meter run, Chris Labosky was fifth in 2:28.32. Labosky came back a couple hours later to anchor the successful 4x800-meter relay along with team members Matt Bordoni, Jared Bell and Tadhg O'Callaghan. They gave an outstanding effort to place second in 7:39.47.
The 4x400-meter relay (Marty Evans, David Soiles, Victor Cheng and Ted Galligan) placed sixth and the distance medley relay team (Joe Kingsbery, Chris Tingue, Nate Clute and Jake Gallagher) placed fifth in 10:09.
The field events also earned points for the team today, with a fifth place finish from junior Samuel Fox in the high jump with 2.04m. Another junior, Jeffrey Lachman, placed fourth in the shot put with a throw of 15.90m, building on his fourth place in the weight throw from Saturday.
The athlete of the meet was senior Muhammad Halim of Cornell. Halim placed first in the long jump on Saturday with a leap of 7.46m, just off the NCAA provisionally-qualifying mark of 7.50m. He came back on Sunday to win the triple jump with an effort of 16.04m, well beyond the provisional mark of 15.40m.
Photos from both days of the meet, courtesy of Dan Grossman, can be viewed here.
The Bulldogs return to action next weekend at the IC4A Championships, which will be held at Boston University on Mar. 8th and 9th.
Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity