April 27, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After sending some athletes to the Penn Relays in Philadelphia earlier this week, the Bulldogs returned home to host the Yale Springtime Invitational at the Dwyer Track/Cuyler Field complex, which will also be the site of this year's Heptagonal Championships. Despite competing with an incomplete squad, Yale was a dominant presence at the meet, winning two events and earning fourteen top-five finishes at the meet. The wins both came in the running events, as junior Murat Kayali and sophomore David Soiles posted good times in spite of the somewhat cool and windy conditions.
Kayali won the 800-meter run in a personal best 1:53.06, holding off Iona's Pat Fullerton, who finished in 1:53.28.
Soiles came into the meet having already run on two relays on Friday at Penn Relays. It did not seem to make a difference though, as he ran 48.86 to win the 400-meter dash, producing a time not far off his personal best. Senior Michael Camarda ran 50.86 in the second heat to place sixth overall in the event.
While many of the athletes who raced at Penn took the day off from competition, Yale still managed some other significant performances in the running events.
Freshman Matt Bogdan ran a huge personal best in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, placing second in a time of 9:25.88, a 17-second improvement from last weekend's race. Not far behind was junior teammate Andrew Samuel, who finished third in 9:36.54.
Yale had three other athletes earn top-four finishes in the running events. Sophomore Kevin Brown placed fourth in a personal best 3:53.81 for the 1,500-meter run. Later in the meet, sophomore Ted Galligan placed third in the 400-meter hurdles in 55.70. Near the end of the meet, Freshman Chris Stanley placed fourth in the 200-meter dash, finishing in 22.79 despite a strong headwind.
The throwing squad earned a significant portion of the top-five finishes for the team, starting with the discus throw where juniors Nathan Noll and Jeffrey Lachman finished second (48.46m) and fourth (46.68m), respectively. In the hammer throw, Noll finished fourth (52.17m) and Lachman finished fifth (50.53m). Another junior, Kevin Hickenbottom, placed second in the javelin throw (55.47m).
In the shot put, former track captain John Langhauser '07, competing on behalf of Nike Central Park Track Club, took the win in the shot put with an effort of 16.76m. Noll finished fifth (15.21m) and Lachman was sixth (15.10m) in the event.
Also in the field events, freshman Stephen Paquin was fourth in the long jump with a mark of 6.73m.
The Springtime Invite is the last meet of the regular season, but the Bulldogs will be back in action for the Outdoor Heptagonal Championship. This Ivy League Championship will be hosted by Yale at the Dwyer Track/Cuyler Field complex on May 10-11.
Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity