Seniors Lead the Way as 3 Elis Break the 25-Minute Mark
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Running on their home course, the Bulldogs fell to Harvard by a score of 21 points to 38. The team result notwithstanding, the Elis have much to be proud of from the race. Freshmen Ahmad Aljobeh, Alex Conner and Duncan Tomlin, sophomores Tom Harrison, John McGowan and Matthew Nussbaum, and seniors Timothy Hillas, Kevin Lunn and Matthew Thwaites all bettered their personal records at the 8-kilometer distance.
It was the captain, Lunn, leading the way for Yale with his fourth-place finish (24:39.02). Fellow senior Demetri Goutos (5th – 24:53.50) and Nussbaum (6th – 24:54.23) followed closely behind, also eclipsing the 25-minute barrier. Seniors Thwaites (11th – 25:21.76) and Hillas (12th – 25:24.40) were the next Elis across the line, with sophomore McGowan (13th – 25:27.32) and freshman Conner (14th – 25:32.11) rounding out the scorers.
Though the team would have wanted a victory, the results can only be encouraging based on the number of personal records set. The core group of seniors – Goutos, Hillas, Lunn and Thwaites – has looked especially strong so far this year. While Goutos' 2011 season was marred by injury and Hillas focused on track and field, Lunn and Thwaites were consistently among Yale's front seven last year. As a foursome, they appear poised to make the most of their final year of eligibility.
Nussbaum has also been turning heads, following up his first-place victory from last week with an even stronger race today. Meanwhile, McGowan has been Yale's number six runner at both meets to date, and Alex Conner managed to crack the top seven in only his second career race.
The Bulldogs have a week off before heading to the Paul Short Invitational on Sept. 28. As one of the largest meets in which they will compete this year, that event will truly be a test of where the team stands.
Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity