January 12, 2008

Bulldogs Compete Well at Yale Invitational

Jan. 12, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - This weekend, the Bulldogs had another chance to compete on their home turf before beginning league competition this indoor track season. The Elis hosted other local schools in the unscored Yale Invitational, held in Coxe Cage on the Frank Shorter '69 track, winning two events and giving a fine showing after a month of solid training since the previous indoor meet.

Yale started off the day strong in the field events, with junior Jeffrey Lachman winning the weight throw in a new personal best of 17.00m and placing third in the shot put with an effort of 15.68m. Last year's track captain, John Langhauser '07, returned to New Haven to win the shot put with a throw of 16.84m

The success continued in the jumps, with a first place from junior Samuel Fox in the high jump with a height of 1.99m, and a sixth place finish from sophomore Reynolds Holmes with a 6.71m long jump.

In the sprints, senior captain Dan O'Brien led the way with a 3rd place finish in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.22. In the 60 meter dash, senior Victor Cheng placed third in 6.94 and junior Brandon Giles placed sixth in 6.99.

The Bulldogs entered multiple relays in the competition in order to give racers more experience early in the season. The `A' distance medley placed third with a time of 10:17.47, followed closely by the `B' team in 10:17.98. Since many members of the distance squad opted not to compete in the open races this weekend, some raced on the distance medley relays instead. Yale also entered a 4x800 meter relay, which placed fourth in 7:51.46. An injury midway through the 4x400 meter relay prevented the Yale team from finishing.

Next weekend, the squad will travel to Hanover, N.H. to compete in the first Ivy League competition of the season against Dartmouth and Columbia.

Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity

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