Track to Compete at First Ivy League Competition of Season

Jan. 17, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale will travel to Hanover, N.H., on Saturday to compete against the Dartmouth Big Green on their home turf, in addition to battling the Columbia Lions. This tri-meet will be the Bulldog's first Ivy League competition of the 2008 season. The Bulldogs hope to add a fifth consecutive win at this meet to their list.

The Yale men will face their share of challenges from their fellow Ivy competitors this weekend. Columbia has a history of strength in the middle-distance events, as seen in their top-three sweep of the mile at the Yale Season Opener in December. Dartmouth is a consistent threat in the distance events. At the Dartmouth relays last weekend, where Dartmouth prevailed as the team champion, the Green took six of the top ten spots in the men's 3000, and also had a strong win in the 800m.

However, the Yale team looks to a well-rounded group of veteran athletes to lead the way in this weekend's meet. The Bulldogs have already obtained IC4A-qualifying standards at this early point in the season from captain Dan O'Brien (60h), senior Victor Cheng (60m), junior Jeffrey Lachman (shot-put and weight throw) and both the 4x800m and distance medley relays. This meet will serve as the first real test for the Elis against the Ivy League competitors whom they will face at the close of the season.

"As coaches we use this meet to get a gauge on how competitive the guys are," head coach David Shoehalter stated.

"It's still very early in the year, and we're resting a number of our middle-distance and distance athletes, but that shouldn't stop the team from getting out there and trying to beat people," Shoehalter added. "Non-scoring `invitational' type meets have their usefulness, but when it comes down to it the sport of track and field is about stepping to the line or the circle or runway and trying to beat the person against whom you're competing. Our focus this weekend will be just that."

The meet this weekend signals the full-blown commencement of Ivy League track competition for the Bulldogs, but it is not the end of the road. The league's indoor contests will culminate in the Indoor Heptagonal Championships, which will be held at Cornell in early March.

For results of this weekend's meet, check back at www.yalebulldogs.com after the conclusion of the competition on Saturday evening.

Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity