March 29, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs had to brave temperatures in the thirties and heavy wind at the Southern CT Owl Invitational, yet the results were still impressive. Despite missing many key competitors, Yale managed a third place finish overall with 68.5 points, behind Rhode Island (148 points) and host Southern CT (113 points). The less-than-ideal conditions didn't prevent Nathan Noll from delivering a notable performance for Yale, however. The junior, last year's third place finisher at Heps, threw a personal best of 50.32m in the discus throw to win the meet. This performance moves him up to a No. 12 ranking on Yale's all-time outdoor performance list.
Fellow junior Jeffrey Lachman was not far behind Noll, finishing third in the event in 45.36m. Lachman also placed second in the shot put with a distance of 15.33m. Freshman David Smith took third-place in the shot with 14.94m, and Noll placed fifth with his throw of 14.82m.
Another pair of juniors, Kevin Hickenbottom and Jackson Womack, also represented Yale well in the throws. Both competed in the javelin for the first time this year, since javelin is only contested during the outdoor track season. Hickenbottom placed second in 60.50m, and Womack earned a fifth-place finish with his throw of 51.71m.
Other top individual finishes for Yale came from freshman Nathan Molina (fifth, 100-meter dash), sophomore David Soiles (third, 400-meter dash), freshman Marty Evans (fourth, 400-meter dash), senior Christopher Smitson (fifth, 800-meter run), freshman Itse Begho (sixth, 1,500-meter run), and junior Andrew Samuel (fifth, 3,000-meter steeplechase).
Next weekend, the Bulldogs will travel with a split squad, with some athletes competing at the Princeton Invitational in Princeton, N.J, and others heading further south to the 43rd Annual Colonial Relays held at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity