Elis Take Third at New England Championships

Matthew Thwaites. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Matthew Thwaites. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Sandry Shines as PRs Abound

WESTFIELD, Mass. – The Bulldogs lived up to their own high expectations at the New England Championships on Sunday, riding their tight grouping to a third-place finish out of 37 competing teams. Personal records were set by six of Yale's front seven, combining for a point tally (142) that was bettered only by Dartmouth (83) and Boston College (123). Among those bested by the Elis were defending champs UConn (364 points) and nine other Connecticut teams.

The Bulldogs' day was highlighted by the performance of sophomore Jacob Sandry, who became the fourth Eli this year to break the 25-minute barrier. Sandry's time of 24:36.45 earned him tenth place and stands as the second-fastest time on the team this season. It also marked a personal record for Sandry, who was the fourth-fastest freshman in the Ivy League at Heps last year.

Sandry's individual effort notwithstanding, the real story was the pack running of the rest of Yale's scorers, who all finished within twelve seconds of one another. Senior Matthew Thwaites crossed the line in 27th place with a new PR of 25:06.39. Senior Sam Kirtner was next (31st – 25:10.10), just outkicking freshman Duncan Tomlin (32nd – 25:10.48). Sophomore Isa Qasim rounded out the Yale scoring in 42nd place (25:17.64). Just behind him was junior Michael Cunetta (43rd – 25:19.63), and then sophomore Tom Harrison (71st – 25:36.90).

With the exception of Kirtner, all times were PRs. But perhaps the most telling statistic of the day was the team's average time of 24:54.63, a feat made all the more impressive in consideration of the absence of many of the team's best runners, who were given the weekend off to rest for next week's Wisconsin Invitational. In light of Sunday's performances, coach Paul Harkins may have some tough choices ahead as he chooses the team to send to that meet.

Not to be outdone by the others, junior Ryan Laemel opened the day by winning the individual title in the sub-varsity race. His time of 25:26.72 would have placed him among the top 60 finishers in the varsity race. Freshman Ahmad Aljobeh took third in the same race, knocking 50 seconds off of his previous PR to finish in 25:42.72. Senior Michael Pierce (15th – 26:01.75) and sophomore Alec Borsook (19th – 26:08.78) also set new PRs.

This Friday, the Bulldogs will be in Wisconsin for the highest-profile meet of the season.

Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity