March 7, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - This weekend, the Bulldogs will head to Boston to wrap up the indoor track season at the IC4A Indoor Championships. The meet, which will be hosted by Boston University on Saturday and Sunday, features athletes from some of the IC4A's 70 Division I member schools from around the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, including other Ivy competitors. The Bulldogs look to build off last weekend's strong third-place finish at the Heptagonal Championships.
Last year at this meet, Yale placed 15th with 16 points, led by former captain John Langhauser's second-place finish in the shot put. Cornell won the team title with 50 points, ahead of track powerhouses Seton Hall and Georgetown, becoming the first Ivy League team in 35 years to claim the coveted trophy.
The relays are often a key contributor to Yale's point total at this meet: look for the Bulldogs to improve upon last year's All-East performances in the 4x800-meter and distance medley relays. In 2007 the distance medley relay, anchored by junior Jake Gallagher, placed fifth at this meet with a time of 9:58.23 in a close race that was won by William and Mary in 9:54.10. The 4x800-meter relay could be the event to watch for the Bulldogs this weekend, though. Last year the Bulldogs finished seventh in 7:46.68. Last weekend, however, Yale's relay blazed to a second-place finish at Heps in 7:39.47, a formidable time for Cornell's flat track.
A number of individuals have also qualified for the IC4A meet and will compete this weekend. In the distances, juniors Murat Kayali and Jake Gallagher will compete in the mile and the 3,000-meter runs, respectively. Captain Dan O'Brien, who competed at this meet last year, will compete in the 55-meter hurdles. Senior Victor Cheng, coming off an All-Ivy second-place finish at Heps last weekend, will compete in the 60-meter dash.
Another All-Ivy performer, sophomore Eric DePalo, has one last chance this weekend to go after the indoor school pole vault record of 5.15m. A competitor at the IC4A meet last year, DePalo tied his personal best 5.00m in the pole vault to finish second at Heps last weekend.
Additionally, sophomore Reynolds Holmes and junior Samuel Fox will compete in the jumps; both finished in the top five at Heps. Junior Jeffrey Lachman will compete in the throws after setting a new personal best in the weight throw last weekend to finish fourth at Heps.
For a complete schedule of events, click here. Results will be posted at the conclusion of the meet each day.
Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity