Dec. 6, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs launched the track season off to a solid start at the Yale Season Opener, held at Coxe Cage this weekend. The meet brought together mostly local schools to compete in an un-scored meet. Yale men won seven events, including both relays. Also, five men met the qualifying standards for the indoor IC4A Championships, which will be held in March.
The meet started out with strong showings in the field events. Seniors Jeffrey Lachman and Nathan Noll each earned top-three finishes in the shot put and the weight throw. Yale took spots 2-4 in the shot put with solid performances by Lachman (15.70m), Noll (14.54m) and sophomore David Smith (14.28m). Lachman qualified for IC4As with his shot put performance.
The jumps squad also started the season well, with wins from junior Reynolds Holmes in the long jump (7.05m) and senior Sam Fox in the high jump (2.04m). Both men had IC4A-qualifying marks.
In the sprints, senior Brandon Giles placed third in both the 60-meter dash (7.06) and the 200-meter dash (22.53). The 400-meter dash had a strong showing by the Bulldogs, with sophomore Marty Evans taking the win in 50.40. Freshman Matt Biezard placed a close second, finishing with a time of 50.41 in the second heat.
One of the most impressive Eli performances of the day came from junior David Soiles, who came from behind to with the 500-meter dash with a formidable time of 1:04.04, beating the IC4A-qualifying standard by over a second. Soiles' time places him No. 9 on Yale's all-time performance list.
The distance events were dominated by Elis as well. In the first running event of the day, the Bulldogs swept the first four places of the 5,000-meter run, led by sophomore Max Walden (15:14), who was followed by freshman Jake McKenzie (15:24), senior John Hinkle (15:24) and freshman Nathan Richards (15:27). Later in the day, Murat Kayali won the 3,000-meter run in an IC4A-qualifying time of 8:23, breaking away from the competition midway through the race. Freshman Julian Sheinbaum took third in 8:46, competing for the first time since September after being sidelined with an injury during the cross-country season. In the mile run, Yale took three of the top four spots, with good efforts from junior Kevin Brown (4:15), sophomore Itse Begho (4:19) and junior Alex Harris (4:20).
Yale's men closed the meet in convincing fashion with wins in both the 4x400-meter and 4x800-meter relays. A Yale team also placed second in the 4x800m relay.
The Bulldogs will spend the next month training in preparation for the rest of the indoor track season. Their next competition will be the Yale Invitational, held at Coxe Cage on Jan. 10.
Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity