Yale Gives Solid Performances at Valentine Invitational

Remi Ray (photo by Mike Boucher)
Remi Ray (photo by Mike Boucher)

Feb. 10, 2008

BOSTON - This weekend, the Bulldogs had their last chance to compete in an invitational setting before heading into the final stretch of the indoor season, which includes competition against Ivy rivals and in championship meets. Although not all athletes chose to compete this weekend, the Elis still had a strong showing across all events, from junior Samuel Fox's win in the high jump to sophomore Remi Ray's outstanding performance in the 500-meter dash.

The Bulldogs saw plenty of success in the field events throughout the day, including their only win of the meet as Fox cleared 1.98m to win the high jump. Sophomores Eric DePalo and Reynolds Holmes also competed well, placing third in the pole vault with 4.90m and seventh in the long jump with 6.70m, respectively. Junior Jeffrey Lachman threw a personal best of 17.08m in the weight throw to place seventh, earning him the No. 11 spot on Yale's all-time indoor list. Lachman also placed 14th in the shot put with a throw of 14.87m.

Ray won his section of the 500-meter dash in 1:03.83, placing third overall (to see a video of the race, click here). This time ranks Ray second in the Ivy League so far this season, and his time of 1:03.50 from 2007 already ranks him No. 8 all-time for Yale in the event. Sophomore Ted Galligan also performed well in the dash, placing third in third heat in 1:05.73 (18th overall).

The middle distance events were another source of success for Yale. Junior Murat Kayali won his heat of the mile run in 4:10.72, eclipsing the IC4A-qualifying time by four seconds to place eighth overall (for video footage of the race, click here). Sophomore Kevin Brown missed the IC4A mark, but ran a personal best of 4:16.43 in the event. Dartmouth's Harry Norton won the race in 4:02.76, posting the fastest mile time in the Ivy League so far this season.

Other impressive performances by members of the middle distance squad included those by sophomore Chris Labosky, who won his heat in the 1000-meter run (11th overall, 2:29.28), and senior Christopher Smitson, who ran a season best in the 800-meter run (15th, 1:53.84).

In the shorter distances, a highlight of the day's competition was captain Dan O'Brien's fifth place finish in the 55-meter hurdle finals with a time of 7.66, just 0.02 seconds off of his personal best from last season (which is No.12 on Yale's all-time list). Another notable finish was freshman Marty Evans' 49.76 effort in the 400-meter run, which broke the Yale indoor freshman record.

"Overall, I think the meet went pretty well," distance coach Dan Ireland noted of the Bulldogs' team performance at this point of the season.

"We need to continue to have key individuals doing well in order to compete well against Harvard and Princeton this coming weekend," Ireland said.

Next Saturday, February 16th, Yale will host Harvard and Princeton at Coxe Cage for an annual triangular meet.

More video footage of the Valentine Invitational can be found on the FloTrack website.

Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity