May 16, 2004
West Haven, CT - Jihad Beauchman recorded the second-best triple jump in Yale history and Josh Yelsey added a second-place finish in the 1500-meter run as Yale wrapped up competition at the IC4A Championships Sunday at the Dewitt Cuyler Athletic Complex. Beauchman's 14.90m placed him seventh in the competition, behind Liberty's Chad Wilson (15.24m). Yelsey's 3:47.56, a personal record just like Beauchman's mark, was just .05 seconds behind Army's Phil Sakala. Beauchman and Yelsey's performances helped Yale to a 19th-place finish with 19 points, with Army winning (50 points).
Yale's 4x800-meter relay team also competed on Sunday, finishing eighth (7:35.81). St. Francis won in 7:30.17, besting the track record the Bulldogs had set the day before (7:32.39) in the preliminaries.
All of Yale's performances on Sunday earned All-East recognition, adding to the one already earned by Lucas Meyer (2nd in the 3000-meter steeplechase, 8:47.59) on Friday to give the Bulldogs a total of four.
Yale will now send four athletes to the NCAA East Regional in Gainesville, Fla. on Memorial Day Weekend: Yelsey in the 1500-meter run, Meyer in the 3000-meter steeplechase, Rob Lobue in the 800-meter run, and Eoghan O'Dwyer in the hammer throw. Both Lobue and O'Dwyer qualified at the IC4As on Saturday, while Meyer and Yelsey had qualified earlier in the season.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity Department