May 8, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - This Saturday and Sunday, May 10-11, the Bulldogs will host the seven other Ivy League teams in the Outdoor Heptagonal Championships. The annual championship meet, which will take place at Cuyler Field and Dwyer Track, was last hosted by Yale in 2005. Saturday's competition will consist of preliminary heats in the running events with the exception of the 10,000-meter run, and finals in men's hammer throw, pole vault, long jump, javelin and shot put. All of Sunday's events will be finals.
Yale brings a strong returning squad of Heps scorers, including three defending champions: junior Brandon Giles (100-meter dash), senior Dan O'Brien (100-meter hurdles) and junior Jeffrey Lachman (discus throw). The team was third overall at the 2007 outdoor championships, finishing with 90 points, behind Cornell (180) and Princeton (133).
The Bulldogs took another third-place finish at the 2008 Indoor Heps (< href=http://www.ivyleaguesports.com/documents/hepsm.htm>results), held at Cornell in March. Cornell and Princeton once again went 1-2. Top finishes by Yale athletes included senior Victor Cheng (second, 60-meter dash), junior Jake Gallagher (third, 3,000-meter run), O'Brien (third, 60-meter hurdles) and sophomore Eric DePalo (second, pole vault).
So far this outdoor season, the Elis have turned in plenty of competitive marks within the league. Going into the Heps this weekend, Yale has a number of top-ranked athletes. In the sprints, Cheng and Giles are ranked one-two in the 100-meter dash (and second and fourth in the 200-meter dash), and the 4x100-meter relay is ranked third (41.59). Junior Jared Bell is ranked second in the 1,500-meter run after running a regional-qualifying 3:44.69 at the Bison Outdoor Classic. In the pole vault, DePalo is ranked second for his height of 5.00-meters (16'4.75"). Two Yale juniors top the throwing rankings, with Jeffrey Lachman ranked first with a 52.92-meter discus throw (173'7') and Kevin Hickenbottom ranked first in the javelin throw with a mark of 60.50 meters (198'6").
Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity