May 9, 2009
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - At the end of the first day of the Heptagonal Championships, the Yale men are in seventh with 9 points. While the majority of the events contested on Saturday were preliminary heats, the Bulldogs managed to take home points in two events: the long jump and the weight throw. A handful of Bulldogs also ran well enough to qualify for a number of finals in the running events, which will be contested on Sunday along with the relays and the remaining field events.
Princeton is on top of the team standings with 37 points. Points are awarded to the top six finishers in each event: 10 points for first place, 8 for second, and 6, 4, 2, and 1 point for the next four places.
Junior Reynolds Holmes started the day off strong for the Bulldogs, finishing second in the long jump with a season-best leap of 7.14 meters (23'5.25"). Holmes trailed three other athletes in his flight up until the final jump, when he outdistanced Dartmouth's Mike Poppler by 1 centimeter to win the flight. Cornell's Duane Teixeira won the overall title for the second year in a row, after winning the second flight of the long jump.
Also contributing to the Bulldogs' first-day score was senior Jeffrey Lachman, who placed sixth in the hammer throw with an effort of 55.19 meters (181'1"). However, tomorrow should be a bigger day for Lachman, as he attempts to take home his second Ivy-League win in the discus. He is currently ranked first in the league with a mark of 191'3".
On the track, the Bulldogs had a successful day, with sixth athletes advancing to the finals in their respective events. Starting off the day was junior Remi Ray, who ran the 400-meter dash in a season-best 47.66 to win his heat and automatically qualify for Sunday's final. In the 400-meter hurdles, fellow junior Ted Galligan cruised to a spot in the finals after placing second in his heat with a time of 53.73.
The Bulldogs fared well in the middle-distance events, with seniors Murat Kayali and Jake Gallagher both qualifying for the finals of the 1,500-meter run. Kayali placed third in his heat with a time of 3:50.12. Gallagher's heat went out at a more leisurely pace, but he had a fierce finishing-kick, running his final 400 meters in 56 seconds to place second in a season-best 3:51.00. Junior Chris Labosky also ran a season-best in his preliminary heat, running 1:50.43 in a very fast heat of the 800-meter run to advance to Sunday's final. Labosky was a mere 0.03 seconds off of the NCAA regional-qualifying standard.
At the end of the day, sophomore Marty Evans won his heat of the 200-meter dash in a personal-best time of 21.86, automatically qualifying for the final.
In the 100-meter dash, senior Brandon Giles missed finals by a mere 0.02 seconds, running 10.94. Holmes was right behind him in the standings with a time of 10.96. Both times were season-bests.
In addition to the individuals who qualified for the running finals during Saturday's heats, the Bulldogs will have competitors in the 5,000-meter run (Gallagher, Kayali, freshmen Jake McKenzie and Julian Sheinbaum, and sophomore Max Walden), shot put (Lachman and sophomore David Smith), discus throw (Lachman, Smith and senior Nathan Noll), high jump (senior Samuel Fox) and all three relays.
Live results will be posted during the meet at www.HepsTrack.com.
Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity