Dec. 9, 2007
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 unscored meet. Yale men won eight events, including both relays.
The meet started out with strong showings in the field events, with juniors Jeffrey Lachman and Nathan Noll each earning top-three finishes in both the shot put and the weight throw. Lachman and Noll were second and third, respectively, in the weight throw. Lachman won the shot put with a personal best throw of 15.91m, with Noll taking fourth place and freshman David Smith taking fifth.
In the jumps, sophomore Reynolds Holmes added another first place finish to Yale's list with a long jump of 6.80m. Freshman Stephen Paquin placed fifth in the long jump, making his first collegiate appearance. Junior Samuel Fox won the high jump with a height of 2.01m, with sophomore Eric DePalo taking sixth in the event. Depalo came back later in the day to win his focal event, the pole vault, with an effort of 4.65m.
The success of the Elis continued in the running events, with senior captain Dan O'Brien winning the 60-meter hurdles in 8.34s, junior Brandon Giles placing fourth in the 60-meter dash, senior Chris Tingue winning the 500-meter dash in 1:06.39, junior Mat Trachok taking fourth in the mile run, and sophomores Ted Galligan and Remi Ray obtaining third and fifth place finishes, respectively, in the 800-meter run. Both Galligan and Ray usually compete in the shorter distances, but used this meet as a chance to test their endurance in the longer event.
The 1000-meter run proved to be one of the most exciting races of the day. Freshman Itse Begho led the first half of the race until senior teammate Christopher Smitson took over, only to be caught at the line by SCSU's Corey Mosley. Smitson and Begho finished second and third, respectively.
Yale's men closed the meet in convincing fashion with wins in both the 4x400-meter and 4x800-meter relays. The 4x800-meter relay team won by a margin of over 10 seconds.
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. 12.
Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity