May 27, 2005
New York, N.Y. - Jihad Beauchman broke the school record in the high jump to highlight Yale's performance on day one of the NCAA East Regional Friday at Icahn Stadium in New York. Beauchman's 2.11m mark (6'11") bested Kevin Gaugush's mark from 1990 by one inch.
Beauchman's sixth-place finish may also earn him a trip to Sacramento, pending the outcome of the other Regionals. The top five in each region automatically qualify, with the next three having to await the outcome of all four regionals to see if they advance.
"It's always good to have your best performance at what could be your final meet," said Associate Head Coach Dave Shoehalter of Beauchman's day.
Ironically, Beauchman nearly didn't make it past 2.06 meters, the initial height of the bar. He cleared it on his third attempt, becoming one of 12 to make it past that height.
"His run has been erratic," Shoehalter said. "He just made a correction, got more aggressive on the run, and it made a difference."
Beauchman and eight others made it over at 2.11 meters, but at 2.16 meters the crowd thinned. Only Florida's Mike Morrison, the eventual champion at 2.19m, and VMI's Garrett Brickner make it over. Beauchman missed on his three attempts at that height to finish sixth.
In preliminary action Friday, Josh Yelsey advanced to Saturday's final in the 1500m run with a time of 3:47.32, the 10th best time of the day (the top 12 advance to the Regional final). Shomari Taylor was 16th in the 400m hurdles (52.33).
The three points from Beauchman's performance have Yale tied for 20th after five events. Yelsey will run in the 1500m finals Saturday at 4:52. Beauchman is in the triple jump at 5:00 and Lucas Meyer is in the steeplechase at 7:00.
report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity