Dooney, Perrella Seek All-Region Honors
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After having many of their runners sick at the Heptagonals Championships two weeks ago, the Bulldogs look forward to racing healthy this Saturday. They will head to Boston, Mass., for the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships, hosted by Boston University at Franklin Park.
All of the Ivy League schools from Heptagonals, except Penn and Princeton, will also compete at the regional meet. Head coach Dan Ireland said the Bulldogs would like to get another race with them with the Bulldogs at their peak potential.
"We had a number of individuals that did not perform up to their potential because of illness at Heps," Ireland said. "This is a chance for us to run what (we're) capable of doing."
The Bulldogs will run juniors Matt Bogdan, Jeff Perrella and Max Walden and sophomores Conor Dooney, Jake McKenzie, Nathan Richards and Julian Sheinbaum. Coach Ireland said he has high hopes for Dooney and Perrella, who have the potential to make the All-Region team this year. The top 25 finishers earn All-Region honors.
The Bulldogs have tested out the course at Franklin Park before at the Harvard-Yale dual meet earlier this year, but the regional venue will involve a much larger field of runners. The Northeast Regional is the largest region in the NCAA with 43 schools competing. The Bulldogs placed 11th last year.
Iona, which is currently ranked number one in the northeast by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, looks for a second regional title. No. 2 Syracuse, No. 3 Providence and No. 4 Columbia will also be chasing after the Gaels.
As the season nears its end, the Bulldogs will try to make the regional meet a springboard into next year.
"We want to end on a positive note," Ireland said.
The men's 10K race will kick off at 2:30 p.m. and results will be posted on Yalebulldogs.com and directathletics.com. 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