Dec. 9, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Elis had a strong start to the season competing at the Yale Season Opener, Saturday afternoon at Coxe Cage. Captain John Langhauser led the way by winning the shot put with a distance of 17.08 meters, which is second all-time. The previous mark was 17.05 meters by Charles Mercein in 1964.
"It was a good start to the season," said head coach David Shoehalter. "We've got a very good team this year and the coaching staff is optimistic about how well they're going to perform this season."
Reynolds Holmes won the long jump with a distance of 6.88 meters, while the 4x800-meter relay team of Sean McCusker, Justin Thaler, Christopher Smitson and Matthew Bordoni was Yale's only other winner for the day.
The Bulldogs had a number of other top three placings. In the sprints, Victor Cheng was second in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.92, while Russell Kempf took third in the 200-meter dash. Kempf's time of 22.19 puts him at fifth on the all-time list. Kempf also ran the third leg of the 4x400-meter relay team (Dan O'Brien, Ted Galligan, Brandon Giles) that took second with a time of 3:20.64.
In the longer events, Smitson placed third in the 800-meter run (1:56.51), while Murat Kayali was second in the mile run with a time of 4:15.27.
Eric DePalo was third in the pole vault at a height of 4.35 meters.
Report by Victor Cheng '08, Yale Sports Publicity