Bulldogs Reclaim Title at Harvard-Yale

Jeff Perrella. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Team Wins Narrow Race

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs took back the trophy at their annual Harvard-Yale dual meet, defeating Harvard at home by 10 points. Battling the unusual fall humidity, they carried out the race plan that head coach Dan Ireland had given them before the meet.                                

"I told our guys that we would beat them in the last five minutes in the race," Ireland said.

At the four-mile marker, the Crimson was still winning the race, running in first, second and third positions. Senior Jeff Perrella then passed the Crimson's second and third runners to cross the line first for the Bulldogs in second place overall (25:35.53). The pair of sophomore Julian Sheinbaum and junior Sam Lynch returned their impressive performances from their last meet by passing the Crimson's runners with only 400 meters to go and finished second (25:39.45) and third (25:40.30), respectively. Junior Conor Dooney led the next pack of Bulldogs to place seventh (25:57.52), followed by senior captain Max Walden in eighth (26:02.92) and sophomore Nathan Richards in ninth (26:07.67). Freshman Blake Hofmeister also had an impressive race as the Bulldogs' seventh runner in 11th place overall (26:19.04).

The Bulldogs finished the meet with 34 points. The Crimson's Daniel Chenoweth, the Ivy League Heptagonals champion from last season, won the individual title in 25:10.70, setting a new meet record.

The Bulldogs' victory over their long-standing rival sets them on a good foot for the rest of the season.

"It's still really early in the season but to get this win in is good for them," Ireland said. 

The Bulldogs will take next weekend off from competition to train for the New England Championships on Oct. 9.

Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity