April 26, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldog men's track and field team closed out the home portion of the season by competing strongly at the Yale Springtime Invitational hosted by the Bulldogs at Dwyer Track. The team won two events at the meet and had numerous other athletes turn in very strong performances. A limited contingent of athletes competed at the meet as a number of athletes competed at the Penn Relays, which took place Thursday through Saturday.
The meet was held under sunny skies and the temperature was quite warm, which made for great conditions to compete in. While there was some wind, which made the times in the 100-meter dash wind-aided, the conditions were perfect for the last home meet for the competing seniors.
The biggest individual performance of the day came in the 1,500-meter run by senior Jake Gallagher. He won the race 3:52.49, just less than 1.5 seconds over the IC4A qualifying standard. This strong performance comes on the heels of a strong relay leg by Gallagher in the 4x800-meter relay at the Penn Relays. Gallagher led off the team, which ran the fastest time by a Yale team since 1991, in a time of 1:52.1. Other Bulldogs also did very well in the 1,500-meter run as well. Freshman Jake McKenzie was fifth (3:57.82), junior Maxwell Brown was sixth (4:00.89), sophomore Max Walden was seventh (4:01.73) and freshman Nathan Richards rounded out the top eight in eighth (4:02.15).
The other big win for the Bulldogs came in the 4x100-meter relay in a time of 42.03 seconds. This is an IC4A Championships qualifying time for the relay team and a strong performance considering the team was running without captain Brandon Giles.
Giles, who watched the race from the sidelines, was pleased by what he saw.
"The 4x100-meter relay was the fastest time of the year, even though the handoffs weren't great, which is very encouraging," Giles said. "It is a good sign that our team is on track and hopefully we can bring home our fourth title in the event in five years at Heps. We have a lot of talent on the team, and it will be tough, but I think we can do it with hard work."
The Bulldogs also did well in the 800-meter run, where junior Kevin Brown turned in a stellar performance to take second in a time of 1:54.20. Freshman Julian Sheinbaum was sixth in 1:55.58. These were two impressive performances considering neither Brown nor Sheinbaum normally race the distance, which is shorter than their normal events.
Freshman Matthew Bieszard also did well for the team, taking second in the 400-meter dash in a time of 48.93.
In the 400-meter hurdles, junior Ted Galligan took second in a time of 52.98. This is an IC4A Championships qualifying time.
Sophomore David Smith was the top Bulldog in a field event, taking second in the shot put with a throw of 14.88 meters. He was also eighth in the discus (40.42 meters). Senior Nathan Noll was fifth in the hammer throw (51.97 meters).
In the jumps, the top Bulldog was freshman Adam Bao in the triple jump. He leapt 11.35 meters to take fourth. He was followed by junior Bashir Adeniyi in fifth (12.68 meters) and freshman Yifan Chen in sixth (12.27 meters).
Junior Reynolds Holmes, who specializes in the long jump, took sixth in the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.04.
Giles, the captain was impressed with the performances at the meet.
"The meet went fairly well," Giles said. "Matthew Bieszard ran a great 400-meter for us. In the 800-meter run, a lot of our young guys were winning their heats. All of them do not specialize in the event, so doing that well is very nice to see. Jake [Gallagher] ran a good 1,500-meter and looked strong the entire way. He is getting ready to run very fast in the coming weeks and I think that this week, including his performance at the Penn Relays, showed he is ready to do that. This was a laid-back meet overall with many guys doing very well, which looks good for the future."
The Bulldogs are next in action at the Heptagonal Championships hosted by Penn on May 9-10 at Franklin Field. This weekend, the team will host the New Haven Run4Africa 5k on Saturday. More information on the charity event is available here.
Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity