April 23, 2009
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Bulldogs opened the first day of the Penn Relays with competition in the 5,000-meter run. The Penn Relays is a great opportunity for the Bulldogs to test themselves against some of the nation's finest competition at one of the nation's most historic competitions. It is also an opportunity to get experience at the Franklin Field venue which will host the Heptagonal Championships on May 9-10.
In Thursday evening's event finals, the Bulldogs were led by junior distance specialist Jeff Perrella in the 5,000-meter run. Perrella, who ran in the college division, ran a solid race to place 20th in a time of 14:22.62. His time is one of the best in Yale history, placing him eighth on the all-time lists behind greats such as Frank Shorter '69. For Perrella, who transferred to Yale after competing at William and Mary, this is a large improvement from his personal best of 14:35.59 that he entered Yale with. He was last in action at the Brown Invitational, where he took fourth in the 1,500-meter run in a time of 4:03.91. Sophomore Max Walden also was scheduled to compete in the event, but did not finish.
The Bulldogs will continue competition at the Penn Relays on Friday and Saturday. The Penn Relays meet is one of the most historic and popular track meets in the world, with more than 100,000 spectators expected over the three days of competition. The Bulldog squad will also host the Yale Springtime Invitational on Sunday.
Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity