Bulldogs to Face Toughest Test Yet at Paul Short Invitational
Deep Field Will Push Team to Bring Its Best
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a week off, the Bulldogs are back in action this Friday when they travel to the campus of Lehigh University to compete in the Paul Short Invitational. Due to its size and caliber, the team has been looking forward to this race all year.
Yale's race will feature 38 teams, including seven of the eight Ivy League schools. With four nationally ranked teams in the field (No. 15 Georgetown, No. 17 Princeton, No. 22 Villanova and No. 28 Columbia), the competition will be the stiffest the Elis have seen this year.
Senior captain Kevin Lunn is not shying away from the challenge, and instead views the meet as an opportunity for the Bulldogs to "make [their] presence known at the national level." If Yale's core runners perform to their potential and others on the team rise to the occasion, they may do just that.
Last year, the Elis placed 19th out of 45 teams in the race. If they are to improve upon that result this year, it will likely be Lunn leading the charge. The captain, along with eight of his teammates, set a personal record in his last race (24:39.02), a time 50 seconds faster than what he ran at the Paul Short Run last year. Yale has also received consistently strong performances this year from seniors Demetri Goutos and Timothy Hillas and sophomores John McGowan and Matthew Nussbaum.
The Bulldogs will be racing in the Men's College Gold division, with the gun going off at 11:00 a.m. A complete schedule along with a table of entrants is available at the meet website. Results will be available at the same site and on www.yalebulldogs.com.
Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity