May 3, 2006

Elis Ready For Heptagonal Championship

May 3, 2006

The Elis look to build upon last year's fifth-place finish this weekend at the annual Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field Championship. Competition will take place May 6 and 7 at Penn's Franklin Field.

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

100-meter Dash: Victor Cheng was third in the 60-meter dash (6.93) indoors earlier this year and is currently ranked third in the 100 with a time of 10.77. Currently tied for first are Fatih Stanley of Dartmouth and Grafton Ifill of Penn at 10.73, so this could be anyone's race.

200-meter Dash: Two years ago, Russell Kempf was second in this event and will be looking to surpass that this year.

400-meter Dash: The gap between defending champion Erison Hurtault of Columbia and Kevin Alexander has slowly closed over the year. Hurtault leads with 47.06 so far this season, but Alexander is close behind at 47.39 and is ready to run 46.

5,000-meter Run: Patrick Dantzer will be looking to improve upon last year's fifth place finish and is on track to do so as he is fourth in the league with a time of 14:10.59.

110-meter Hurdles: Currently ranked third in the league at 14.31 is Dan O'Brien. He was fourth in this event last year and will be ready to improve.

400-meter Hurdles: Last year, Shomari Taylor ended up third with a time of 52.62 and is currently ranked third with a time of 52.53.

High Jump: Yale could have two score in this event with Jihad Beauchman and Samuel Fox. Beauchman is currently ranked second at a height of 2.10 meters, while Fox is fifth at 2.06 meters.

Triple Jump: Beauchman was fourth in this event last year and is currently ranked second in the league.

Shot Put: John Langhauser leads the league by almost a meter at 17.02 meters. The next closest is Robert Kerris of Dartmouth, who has thrown 16.26 meters. Langhauser is the only one who has qualified for regionals in the shot put and is the favorite to win.

Discus Throw: Not as dominant in this event as the shot put, Langhauser is still ranked sixth in the league. However, the two names to look for in this event are Yale freshmen Jeffrey Lachman and Nathan Noll. Lachman is currently second while Noll is fourth.

Javelin Throw: Another pair of freshmen will be looked to for points as Kevin Hickenbottom and Jackson Womack are ranked fourth and sixth in the league. They are currently the top underclassmen in the league.

Hammer Throw: This is Langhauser's third event and he is currently ranked seventh in the league.

Relays: As defending champions in the 4x100-meter relay, Yale will be looking to defend their title and have a good chance at doing it as they are currently ranked third with a time of 41.35. The 4x400-meter relay team is also ranked third, close behind Penn and Princeton.

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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