May 10, 2009
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - On the second day of the Heptagonal Championships hosted by Penn at Franklin Field, the Bulldogs had some strong performances, especially by a number of seniors. The top finishes of the day were from Samuel Fox in the high jump and Nathan Noll in the discus throw; both seniors finished second in their respective events, adding to yesterday's second-place finish in the long jump from junior Reynolds Holmes. Yale finished seventh in the team standings with 49 points.
Starting off the day strong for the Bulldogs, Fox tied his personal-best in the high jump to place second, clearing 2.10 meters (6'10.75") on his final attempt at that height. Fox has already qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships in this event after jumping this height earlier this season.
Not long after, seniors Nathan Noll and Jeffrey Lachman went 2-3 in the discus throw, respectively. Noll threw a personal-best 54.07 meters (177'4"), which moves him up to No. 4 on Yale's all-time performance list behind only Lachman and two others. Both men had already qualified for NCAA Regionals, and will be competing there at the end of the month.
On the track, the Bulldogs started off with a third-place finish in the 4x100-meter relay. The team of sophomore Marty Evans, Holmes, sophomore Chris Stanley, and senior Brandon Giles finished in a season-best of 41.55, which was almost a half-second faster than they ran two weeks ago at the Yale Springtime Invitational.
In the next event on the track freshman Nathan Richards had a strong race, but just missed scoring in the 3,000-meter steeplechase after fading to seventh to finish in 9:18.81.
Next on the track, senior Jake Gallagher was fifth in the 1,500-meter run. Gallagher was actually the sixth athlete to cross the line, but was ended up placing fifth after the Cornell's Jimmy Wyner was disqualified. Junior Chris Labosky also fared well in the middle distances, placing fifth in a blazingly-fast 800-meter run, finishing in 1:50.80.
In the shorter distances, junior Remi Ray placed fifth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.49. Towards the end of the day, sophomore Marty Evans was sixth in the 200-meter dash in 21.84: a personal-best time by one hundredth of a second (he ran 21.85 in the preliminaries yesterday), and the first time Evans has scored in an individual event at Heps. Junior Ted Galligan placed fourth in the 400-meter hurdles, running 53.51.
To close the weekend's competition the Yale team of Evans, Galligan, junior David Soiles and Ray placed sixth in 3:17.81.
While this will be the final competition of the season for many athletes, plenty of Bulldogs have qualified for the IC4A Championships, and will be competing at this meet in Princeton, N.J. from May 15-17.
Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity