2014 Yale Men's Cross Country News

December 15, 2014
Dooney Brothers Represent Ireland at European Championships
A pair of brothers represented their family and their home country of Ireland, as well as the Yale men’s cross country team, at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Samokov, Bulgaria, on Sunday. The Bulldogs’ standout junior Kevin Dooney finished first on the Ireland team and 18th overall in Sunday’s under-23 men’s race. His older brother, Conor Dooney ’12, finished fifth on the team and 51st overall in the senior men’s race. The brothers will leave Bulgaria happy both with their performances and the opportunity to have made the trip together.

December 9, 2014
Dooney Named Team Captain and Stanley-Cleary Award Winner
At the Yale men's cross country team’s annual banquet on the evening of Dec. 8, standout junior and All-American Kevin Dooney was elected team captain for the 2015 season and awarded the Mike Stanley-John Cleary Class of 1954 Men's Cross Country Award. The Stanley-Cleary Award, which Dooney also received at last season’s banquet, is given annually to “the outstanding member of the Yale men's cross country team who excels in Dedication, Commitment, and Inspiration to the sport of cross country.”

December 2, 2014
Dooney Brothers to Represent Ireland at European Championships
A pair of brothers from the Yale men’s cross country team will have the honor of traveling to Samokov, Bulgaria, to represent their home country of Ireland at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships on Dec. 14. Junior Kevin Dooney was named to the Irish Under-23 squad for the second consecutive year, while older brother Conor Dooney ’12 will run on the Irish senior team. The brothers will be representing their family, Yale cross country, and Raheny Shamrock AC, an Irish athletics club devoted to competitive running.

November 22, 2014
Dooney is Yale’s First All-American Since 2004
Yale men’s cross country team junior Kevin Dooney did exactly what he set out to do on Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind., placing in the top 40 at the NCAA Division I Championships and thus earning All-American honors. Thanks in large part to a strong start that saw him in the top 30 at the race’s halfway-mark, Dooney finished Saturday’s 10k race in 34th place, with a time of 30:51.4.

November 22, 2014
Dooney Excels at NCAA Championships
Yale men’s cross country team junior Kevin Dooney competed in the NCAA Division I National Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., for the second consecutive year on Saturday afternoon. Running alongside nearly 250 of the country’s best athletes at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center, Dooney finished a remarkable 34th overall in the 10k race with a time of 30:51.4. Of the five Ivy League runners to compete in Saturday’s race, Dooney finished second, behind only Penn junior Thomas Awad. Both Dooney’s time and overall finish marked substantial improvements from last year’s Nationals race, where he placed 98th with a time of 31:18.5. By finishing in the top 40 at Nationals, Dooney also earned All-American honors—becoming the first Yale men’s team All-American runner since Lucas Meyer ’05 finished 18th at Nationals in 2004.

November 20, 2014
Dooney to Run at NCAA Championships on Saturday
Yale men’s cross country team junior Kevin Dooney will represent the Bulldogs at the NCAA Division I National Championships at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind., on Saturday. Although Yale did not qualify for Nationals as a team, Dooney earned a spot at Nationals for the second consecutive season by finishing third overall at the extremely competitive NCAA Division I Northeast Regional Championships last weekend.

November 16, 2014
Dooney to Return to NCAA Championships for Second Straight Year
Yale men’s cross country team junior Kevin Dooney will travel to Terre Haute, Ind., next weekend to compete at the NCAA Division I National Championships on Nov. 22. The NCAA officially announced the list of Nationals-qualifying teams and individuals on Sunday, just two days following the conclusion of the nine different regional meets held across the country, which collectively finalized the field of Nationals competitors. Dooney also qualified for Nationals last season, and he is just the sixth different Yale runner to qualify for Nationals since 1991. Dooney will join a field of approximately 250 runners at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute next Saturday.

November 14, 2014
Dooney Earns All-Region Honors with Third-Place Regionals Finish
Yale men’s cross country team junior Kevin Dooney entered Friday’s NCAA Division I Northeast Regional Championships with high hopes after finishing 11th overall at last year’s Regional meet. Dooney easily met those expectations on Friday at New York City’s Van Cortlandt Park, cruising to a third-place overall finish with a time of 30:30.2 in a deep and talented field of the best runners from across the region. He finished one second behind second-place finisher Benjamin Connor (a Providence senior) and four seconds behind first-place finisher Jake Byrne (an Iona senior).

November 14, 2014
Bulldogs Place Seventh at Regionals as Dooney Takes Third Overall
The Yale men’s cross country team raced to a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Division I Northeast Regional Championships at New York City’s Van Cortlandt Park on Friday afternoon, matching its team finish from last year’s meet—its best placement at Regionals since 2004. With 200 points (just one more than the team finished with last year), the Bulldogs placed fourth among Ivy League schools, finishing behind Columbia (fourth place – 126 points), Cornell (fifth – 141) and Harvard (sixth – 178). Syracuse, Providence and Iona entered the meet ranked third, 19th and fifth, respectively, in the USTFCCCA’s latest national poll, and the three programs unsurprisingly finished first through third, respectively, at Regionals. The Bulldogs managed to finish ahead of ninth-place Dartmouth, which entered Friday ranked one spot ahead of Yale in the USTFCCCA Northeast Region poll.

November 12, 2014
Elis Return to The Bronx for NCAA Northeast Regional Championships
After competing at the Iona Meet of Champions at The Bronx’s Van Cortlandt Park back in September, the Yale men’s cross country team will return to the same course for the NCAA Division I Northeast Regional Championships this Friday. The nine different regional races held this weekend across the country will determine the field for the following weekend’s NCAA Division I NCAA Championships, held in Terre Haute, Ind. Friday’s race will be run on a 10k course, longer than the usual 8k distance run during the regular season.

November 1, 2014
Dooney Earns First Team All-Ivy Honors
Yale men’s cross country team junior Kevin Dooney added yet another accomplishment to his already crowded resume on Saturday, earning first team All-Ivy honors following his fifth-place finish at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships in Princeton, N.J. The top seven runners at Heps are named to the All-Ivy first team, while the eighth- through 14th-place finishers are named to the second team.

November 1, 2014
Bulldogs Finish Fifth at Heps
Competing in cold and rainy conditions, the Yale men’s cross country team raced to a fifth-place finish at the highly anticipated Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Saturday. The Bulldogs finished with 123 points, finishing with a lower average time (25:00.7) than sixth-place Columbia (25:01.9), which also finished with 123 points. The Elis also beat out seventh-place Harvard (146 points) and eighth-place Brown (155 points). Harvard and Columbia were ranked fifth and sixth, respectively, in the most recent USTFCCCA Northeast Region poll, and Yale (ranked eighth in that poll) should be expected to receive a higher rank when the next regional poll is released on Monday. By placing fifth at Heps on Saturday, the Elis matched their finish from 2013, which was their best showing at the meet since 2006.

October 30, 2014
Bulldogs Prepare to Face Ivy Rivals at Heptagonal Championships
The Yale men’s cross country team will make the trip to Princeton, N.J., for the always exciting Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, slated for this Saturday. The Bulldogs will enter the meet with high expectations, after finishing fifth at last year’s meet (the team’s best Heps performance since 2006), nearly upsetting then-nationally-ranked Princeton in their 2014 season opener and finishing as the top Ivy League team at the Paul Short Invitational in early October. This year’s meet has the potential to be especially competitive, as none of the eight Ivy schools are currently ranked in the national USTFCCCA top 30 (unlike 2013, when Columbia, Harvard and Princeton were all ranked).

October 24, 2014
Sandry Leads Elis to Third-Place Finish in New Britain
The Yale men’s cross country team wrapped up its regular season on Friday with its third-place finish at the CCSU Mini Meet in nearby New Britain, Conn. The Mini Meet—named for its shorter-than-normal 5k course—attracted a range of schools from around the region. Meet hosts Central Connecticut took first overall with 52 points, while the Elis just missed out on second place, finishing six points behind Providence (68 points). Yale also finished third at the meet last season, after placing first in 2012.

October 22, 2014
Elis Stay Close to Home for CCSU Mini Meet
The Yale men’s cross country team will look to cap off its regular season in exciting fashion when the Bulldogs make the short trip to New Britain, Conn., to compete in the CCSU Mini Meet on Friday. Many of the team’s top runners will get some well-deserved rest after running well at the Pre-National Invitational in Indiana last weekend, meaning that Yale’s representation at the Mini Meet will be dominated in large part by underclassmen looking to make their mark. The Mini Meet—which gets its name from the fact that it is run on a 5k course instead of the usual 8k distance—poses a unique challenge and figures to highlight some of Yale’s up-and-coming talent. Yale has a history of success in New Britain, placing first overall at the meet in 2012 and third in 2013.

October 18, 2014
Bulldogs Run with Nation’s Best at Pre-National Invitational
The Yale men’s cross country team sent its top seven runners to the Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind., on Saturday, and it left Saturday’s race with plenty to be pleased with. Competing alongside many of the country’s most accomplished programs (including eight schools ranked in the most recent USTFCCCA top 30 poll), the Bulldogs finished 15th overall with 465 points. This marks a notable improvement from when the Elis finished 23rd with 668 points at last year’s Pre-National meet.

October 16, 2014
Elis to Run in Competitive Pre-National Invitational
After resting its top seven runners at last weekend’s New England Championships, the Yale men’s cross country team will send its very best to compete in the prestigious and competitive Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind., on Saturday.

October 11, 2014
Elis Run at Boston’s Franklin Park
The Yale men’s cross country team raced to a 21st-place finish at the New England Championships at Boston’s Franklin Park on Saturday. The Elis ran well in a competitive field, finishing with a respectable 524 points despite resting all of their top seven runners from last weekend’s Paul Short Invitational. Brown and Providence tied for first at the meet with 72 points each, while New Hampshire finished a distant third with 148 points. Other notable competitors included Amherst, Boston College, Boston University, Central Connecticut, Dartmouth and Middlebury, along with numerous other strong programs. American International’s Mike Biwott cruised to a comfortable first-place overall finish in the race with a time of 24:10.75.

October 8, 2014
Younger Runners Look to Shine in Boston
Following an impressive fourth-place finish at the Paul Short Invitational last weekend, the Yale men’s cross country team will head to Boston to compete in the New England Championships this Saturday. Nearly 40 schools—including Yale’s Ivy rivals, Brown and Dartmouth—will send teams to Boston for the meet. Yale has placed in the top 10 at the New England Championships each of the past two seasons and will be hoping to continue that streak this time around.

October 4, 2014
Bulldogs Race to Fourth-Place Finish at Paul Short Invitational
With several of its top runners not having competed since Sept. 12, the Yale men’s cross country team used its time off to its advantage while running to a fourth-place finish at the competitive Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa., on Saturday. The Bulldogs finished with 132 points, behind only Navy (95 points), University of Guelph (123) and Adams State (129). The meet attracted schools from across the country and even from Canada. Other notable programs competing at the meet included Alabama, Army, Columbia, Georgetown, Harvard, Iona, Lehigh, St. Joseph’s, UPenn and Villanova.

October 2, 2014
Elis Rested and Ready for Paul Short Invitational
After resting many of its top runners at the Iona Meet of Champions in New York City two weekends ago and getting last weekend off, the Yale men’s cross country team will be in full force when it heads to Bethlehem, Pa., for the Paul Short Invitational this Saturday. The Bulldogs currently plan to enter 16 runners in the competitive meet, including 10 in the primary “gold race.” Yale is one of seven Ivy League schools scheduled to compete in the meet.

September 20, 2014
Freshmen Lead the Way in New York City
The younger members of the Yale men’s cross country team led the squad to a seventh-place finish at the 20th annual Iona Meet of Champions on Saturday at The Bronx’s Van Cortlandt Park. With most of the team’s veterans getting a well-deserved rest this weekend after last weekend’s strong showing at the Harvard-Yale-Princeton season opener, only six Bulldogs competed in New York on Saturday. The group ran well and gained valuable experience competing against athletes from a range of talented programs. While the Elis finished the day with 208 points, Arkansas finished first with 46 points. Fordham (67 points), Brown (96), UMass Lowell (132), Buffalo (157) and Army (170) finished second through sixth, respectively.

September 17, 2014
Bulldogs Look to Continue Strong Start in Big Apple
Coming off a thrilling second-place finish at its season-opening Harvard-Yale-Princeton tri-meet last Friday, the Yale men’s cross country team will head to The Bronx to take part in the 20th annual Iona Meet of Champions on Saturday. The Bulldogs competed at the Iona Meet for the first time since 2009 last season, finishing second overall behind nationally ranked Iona. The meet is of special importance to the Elis because it is run on the same course—Van Cortlandt Park—as the Division I NCAA Northeast Regional Championship, held later this year, and it thus serves as a key tune-up race. While this year’s field has not been officially announced, last year’s meet included the likes of Army, Boston College, Brown, Fordham, Navy, Northeastern, St. Joseph’s and UMass Lowell.

September 12, 2014
Bulldogs Nearly Top Nationally Ranked Princeton in Season Opener
Members of the Yale men’s cross country team have set high expectations for their performances this season, and the team could not have asked for a much better showing in its season opener. Competing at home at the Yale Golf Course against their two biggest rivals, the Bulldogs finished Friday’s H-Y-P meet with 32 points, nearly upsetting nationally ranked Princeton (31 points). Harvard finished third with 68 points.

September 11, 2014
Bulldogs to Begin Season Against Ivy League Rivals
For the first time since 1998, the Yale men’s cross country team will take on both Harvard and Princeton in a historic tri-meet when the Ivy League rivals come together in New Haven on Sept. 12. The three schools held their first tri-meet in 1922, and the tradition continued annually and largely uninterrupted until Princeton ceased taking part following the 1998 meet. Since then, Yale and Harvard have gone head-to-head each season, and the Harvard-Yale meet served as the Bulldogs’ season opener in 2013. This year, with Princeton once again taking part, the H-Y-P meet will open all three teams’ seasons and add much excitement to the early-season calendar.

September 5, 2014
H-Y-P Meet Information
The Yale men’s cross country is just about one week away from opening its season in exciting and historic fashion. On Sept. 12, the Bulldogs will take on both Harvard and Princeton in a triangular meet for the first time since 1998. The schedule for the season opener is outlined below, along with directions to the course. A course map is available here.

August 28, 2014
Bulldogs Recognized in Preseason Polls
Thanks to the return of all of its top seven runners and the addition of its most impressive recruiting class ever, the Yale men’s cross country team is entering the 2014 season with especially high expectations. On Tuesday, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association appeared to validate those high expectations, ranking Yale as the fifth-best team in the Northeast Region in its preseason poll. Perhaps even more notably, the Bulldogs also received six votes in the national preseason poll—making them one of just 10 teams outside of the top 30 to receive votes.

August 24, 2014
Talented Core and Solid Freshman Class Look to Boost Bulldogs
With an impressive group of freshmen joining an already accomplished core of strong runners, the Yale men’s cross country team appears poised to record its best season in recent memory in 2014. The Elis have improved notably during the past few seasons. Last season, 10 Bulldogs set personal records at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships (Heps) as the team finished fifth—its best finish at the meet since 2006.

July 16, 2014
Bulldogs Look Forward to Challenging 2014 Schedule
As summer winds down, the Yale men’s cross country team is less two months away from kicking off its 2014 season. The team will be looking to improve on last season’s strong performances as it prepares to take on a nearly identical schedule of meets as in 2013. Last season marked the first time since 2007 that Yale had opened its season against rival Harvard, and the Elis will again join the Crimson in their season opener this year. This year’s opener—which will be held at Yale this season, unlike in 2013—poses an especially exciting challenge because it will include both Harvard and Princeton. Although the Harvard-Yale-Princeton cross country meet has an extensive history dating back to the 1920s, Princeton last competed at the meet in 1998, making this year’s event even more highly anticipated than usual.

July 16, 2014
Bulldogs Welcome Accomplished Freshman Class
Several members of the class of 2018 will look to make an impact as they join the Yale men’s track and field and cross country teams for the 2014-2015 season. The Bulldogs have brought in 12 athletes this year, and as many as eight of them could run for the cross country team in addition to the track and field squad.

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