February 22, 2006

Elis Fired Up for Heps

Feb. 22, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs look to build upon last year's fourth-place finish this weekend at the annual Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track & Field Championship. Competition will take place February 25 and 26 at Dartmouth's Leverone Field House.

Yale has a number of athletes looking to make a mark this year both on the track and in the field:

60-meter Dash: Victor Cheng is currently ranked third in the Ivy League with a time of 6.96 and is ready to improve upon his fifth place finish from last year. Fellow sprinter Russell Kempf hopes to surpass an impressive second place finish from his freshman year.

400-meter Dash: Columbia's Erison Hurtault has dominated the 400-meter dash the past two years, but Kevin Alexander looks to challenge the defending champion, having placed third last year. Alexander has already run 48.13 after running 48.61 the previous indoor season.

500-meter Dash: Robert deLaski and Shomari Taylor barely missed qualifying for finals last year, but hope to get it done this year in their final year of competition, having already posted top-10 marks in the Ivy League.

800-meter Run: Matthew Bordoni has already run 1:53.97 this season and will be looking to make an impact in this event.

1000-meter Run: Courtland Keteyian's 2:26.67 run at the first meet of the season would have won last year's Heps and is the sixth fastest time in the Ivy League, with all other times ahead being within 2:26, except for Cornell's James Wyner (2:24.58). As a result, Keteyian should be right in the mix to score at the meet, as well as teammate Mark Falco, who has also posted a top-10 mark in the league.

Mile Run: After breaking the Yale freshmen mile record with a time of 4:11.18, Jared Bell should continue to improve, having already run himself into the top-10 in the Ivy League. Brian Gertzen is close behind with a time of 4:12.21, and should contribute as well.

3000-meter Run: There have already been multiple runners under 8:10, with Yale's Patrick Dantzer currently third in the Ivy League with 8:09.27 and looking to win.

60-meter Hurdles: After placing third last year, Dan O'Brien will be looking to win the hurdles and is currently ranked fourth in the league.

High Jump: Jihad Beauchman is currently third (2.06) in the Ivy League after placing fifth in a stacked field last year that saw six people go 2.09 meters and above. Samuel Fox is a potential scorer as well, having tied Yale's freshman record at 2.03 meters. He is ranked seventh in the league.

Triple Jump: Beauchman also placed second in the triple jump in last year, and looks to surpass the mark of 15.35 meters he had at Heps last year. He is currently ranked sixth in the league.

Shot Put: Having emerged as one of the best throwers in the league, John Langhauser looks to dominate the shot put, having already thrown a league-leading 16.77 meters.

Weight Throw: As part of his breakout season, Langhauser is also ranked second in the weight throw with a distance of 17.23 meters, behind Princeton's Alex Pessala (18.61 meters).

Relays: Among Ivy League teams, Yale is ranked second in the 4x400-meter relay (3:14.33), close behind Cornell (3:14.16). The DMR team is also second with a time of 9:47.63, just behind Penn's 9:44.20. In the 4x800-meter relay, Yale is third with a time of 7:46.85.

Ivyleaguesports.com will be providing up-to-the-minute coverage of the Heptagonals throughout the weekend.

Report filed by Victor Cheng '08, Yale Sports Publicity

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