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Bulldogs Score Victory in Dominant Fashion at CCSU

Alex Conner (left) and Kevin Lunn (right). (Photo by David McNamara '78)
Alex Conner (left) and Kevin Lunn (right). (Photo by David McNamara '78)

Team Takes Half of Top 10 Spots

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – All five of Yale's scorers placed in the top 10, and the Elis came away with a resounding victory at the Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) Mini-Meet on Friday afternoon. The Bulldogs bested 11 other teams, and their total score of 26 points was a full 60 beneath second-place CCSU. Times on the five-kilometer course at Stanley Park were slowed by rainy weather and muddy conditions, but the team raced as a pack and saw some standout individual showings.

Junior Ryan Laemel paced the Bulldogs, covering the 5K distance in 15:33.75 and taking second place behind CCSU's Colby Delbene. The trio of sophomore Isa Qasim (4th – 15:41.51), junior Michael Cunetta (5th – 15:42.34) and senior Sam Kirtner (6th – 15:44.87) followed up with a 4-5-6-punch, all finishing within a few seconds of one another. Freshman Ahmad Aljobeh earned his first varsity points by claiming 9th place in 15:50.56. Freshman Duncan Tomlin (16:02.40) and sophomore Alec Borsook (16:02.75) functioned as displacers, placing 14th and 15th, respectively.

The Elis' scorers posted a mean time of 15:42.61, making them the only team in the race to average a sub-16-minute-finish. They were able to accomplish this even without the help of several of their best athletes, whom coach Paul Harkins opted to rest in advance of Heps next week.

Sophomore Tom Harrison (16th – 16:04.28) and senior Michael Pierce (44th – 16:30.66) also competed for the Bulldogs.

The team is bound for Princeton, N.J. next Saturday to compete at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships.

Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity