February 22, 2007

Elis Gear Up for Heps

Feb. 22, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs look to build upon last year's fifth-place finish this weekend at the annual Ivy League Indoor Track & Field Championship. Competition will take place February 24 and 25, hosted at The Armory in New York for the first time in more than 50 years.

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 tied for first in the Ivy League with a time of 6.90 and is ready to improve upon his third place finish from last year. Fellow sprinters Brandon Giles and Russ Kempf hope to surpass their impressive second place freshman year finishes.

500-meter Dash: Currently ranked third in the league, Remi Ray has already run an impressive time of 1:03.50 in his freshman debut.

Mile Run: Brian Gertzen has continued to improve year after year and is now ranked third with a time of 4:08.65

5000-meter Run: Jake Gallagher currently leads the league with a time of 14:23.20 and will be looking to win the event

60-meter Hurdles: After placing fifth last year, Dan O'Brien will be looking to improve as he is currently ranked third in the league.

High Jump: Samuel Fox has the potential to score, having already matched last indoor season's best height of 2.03 meters. He is currently ranked fifth in the league.

Pole Vault: Tied for fourth in the league, Eric DePalo has a chance to make his mark at Heps, having cleared a height of 4.80 meters thus far.

Long Jump: Reynolds Holmes is ranked fifth with a distance of 7.08 meters and should score some points.

Shot Put: School record holder John Langhauser looks to dominate the shot put, having already thrown a league-leading 17.88 meters, a full meter ahead of the next best distance.

Weight Throw: Langhauser will also be a factor in the weight throw, as he is ranked sixth with a distance of 16.29 meters.

Relays: Among Ivy League teams, Yale is ranked fifth in the 4x400-meter relay (3:18.41). The DMR team is looking to repeat last year's victory with a current ranking of second with a time of 9:54.82, just behind Penn (9:54.57). In the 4x800-meter relay, Yale is fifth with a time of 7:44.93.

The Relays Zone, official blog of the Ivy League Heps, will be providing up-to-the-minute coverage throughout the weekend.

Report by Victor Cheng '08, Yale Sports Publicity