October 30, 2009

Bulldogs Compete at Heptagonals

Dooney Earns All-Ivy Honors

Complete Results

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Bulldogs competed at the 70th annual Ivy League Heptagonal Championships at Van Cortland Park on Friday and finished seventh with 160 points. Although the Bulldogs had set their goals higher, sickness among several of the runners prevented them from racing at their potential.

The men's 8K race kicked off at 12:15 p.m. in mid-50 degree weather ideal for running. In his first appearance at the conference meet, sophomore Conor Dooney made the second All-Ivy team by placing 13th with a time of 25:50.2. Junior Jeff Perella finished not far behind in 19th place in 26:00.2, followed by junior Max Walden in 47th place (26:49.9) and sophomore Nathan Richards in 48th place (26:52.4). Sophomore Jake McKenzie came in 58th place (27:03.7) to round out the Bulldogs' top five.

Head coach Dan Ireland said he was impressed by the performances from Dooney and Perrella, but the fact that several other runners were sick during the race hurt the team's overall score.

"The other guys tried, but they were just sick," Ireland said.

Dooney ran with the top pack throughout the race but said he might have pushed a little too hard at the beginning.

"I was about eighth with about 300 meters to go, but a couple people passed me in the last 200 meters," Dooney said. "But it was a nice feeling to run with the top of the league."

Columbia narrowly defeated Princeton for the men's title by one point with 60 points, withstanding Princeton's bid for a fourth consecutive championship. Dartmouth and Cornell tied for third place. Harvard's Dan Chenoweth, who made All-Region last season, ran away with the individual title in 25:09.2.

Even though the Bulldogs feel like they could have ran better at Heptagonals, they remain optimistic for next season.

"(Almost) everyone who ran Heps this year will be back next year," Dooney said. "We will do better next year."

The Bulldogs next compete at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships on Nov. 14., hosted by Boston University at Franklin Park in Boston, Mass. The top two teams and the top four individual finishers automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships on Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind. 

Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity