September 6, 2012

2012 Season Dawns at Fordham Fiasco Meet

Confident Bulldogs Eager to Open Competition

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Elis kick off their cross country season this Saturday at the Fordham Fiasco meet, an event so named for the miscues that any opening day might bring. 22 teams will descend upon the Bronx-area campus, including Columbia and a number of strong Division III schools. Having managed an impressive third-place finish at this meet last year, the Bulldogs know the course at Van Cortlandt Park well and have succeeded upon it before.

Coach Paul Harkins is eager to observe the results of the intense summer training regimen he prescribed, and also to get his first look at the freshman class.

"The majority of the team took their summer training pretty seriously, as we're looking to make a big jump as a team this fall," he said. "I'm excited to get things started at Fordham."

Senior captain Kevin Lunn, the Bulldogs' top performer last year, leads a talented group of upperclassmen founded upon seniors Demetri Goutos, Sam Kirtner, Michael Pierce and Matthew Thwaites. Junior Michael Cunetta and sophomore Jacob Sandry were also regulator contributors last season, and the team welcomes the addition of senior track and field captain Timothy Hillas.

Harkins tapped Kevin Dooney, who spent the summer competing at the World Junior Track and Field Championships, and Alex Conner as the freshmen to watch this weekend.

Lunn echoed Harkins excitement and optimism, commenting that the team "is looking very strong and committed from the senior class down to the freshmen" and anticipating "some of the best results we have ever achieved as a cross country program here at Yale."

The men's race is set to begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. Results will be available through the Fordham athletics website and at www.yalebulldogs.com upon the meet's conclusion.

Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity

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