Yale Gears up for First Ivy Competition of 2009

Jeffrey Lachman (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Jeffrey Lachman (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Jan. 15, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Sunday, the Yale men's track and field team will face its first Ivy League competition of the 2008-09 season. The Bulldogs will host the Columbia Lions and the Dartmouth Big Green on their home track at Coxe Cage. After competing in only un-scored invitationals so far this season, the Bulldogs hope to win this tri-meet for the sixth consecutive year and bring home their first official win of the 2009 season.

The Bulldogs aim to step up the competition this Sunday, after competing without the middle-distance and distance squad and limiting entries of sprinters and field specialists at their previous meet. Both visiting teams could prove to be formidable competitors. The Big Green took home their second-straight Dartmouth relays title last weekend, with the most impressive performance coming from Dartmouth senior Ben True. True won the 3,000-meter run in 8:05.55, edging past the NCAA Provisional qualifying mark for nationals in his first-ever indoor race. The Lions have not yet competed this season, but have traditionally shown strength in the middle-distance events in particular.

Last year at this meet, the Bulldogs sealed a narrow win over Dartmouth, 74 to 67, by winning the final event: the 4x400-meter relay.

The first men's event of the day will be the weight throw, which is set to start at 10:00 a.m. The meet will conclude with the 4x800-meter relay at 4:05 p.m. A complete schedule of events can be found here.

Buses will be available to transport spectators to and from the meet, and will be leaving Payne Whitney Gym every 15 minutes.

Results will be posted on www.yalebulldogs.com at the conclusion of the meet on Sunday.

Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity