Randon Finishes Fifth at NCAA Regionals, Ivankovic Sets Personal Best in Last Cross Country Race with Elis
THE BRONX, N.Y.—On Friday, the Yale men's cross country team raced at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships. Senior James Randon placed fifth and led the team to a ninth-place finish (313 pts.) against a strong field. Six Elis raced, including three athletes who had never before run a collegiate 10-kilometer race. For all of the athletes except Randon, this meet marked the culmination of a season of hard work. Randon, however, finished among the top four athletes not on one of the qualifying teams, and thus met the criteria to race as an individual at the NCAA National Championships. Therefore, he will head to Terre Haute, Ind. on Nov. 19 to compete at this championship race.
Justyn Knight of Syracuse won the meet, finishing just nine seconds ahead of Randon. Syracuse won the team competition with only 29 points, while Iona took second with 65 points. Dartmouth claimed third (108 pts.).
Randon finished fifth overall, setting a personal best with a blistering time of 30:39.6 over the 10-kilometer course. He ran more than 25 seconds faster than he ever has before for this distance and easily earned All-Region honors for the second year in a row. Furthermore, this performance fits into a larger pattern of Randon consistently running fast times when it matters most. With this impressive finish and a historic performance at Ivies two weeks ago under his belt, Randon is poised to make a strong showing at the NCAA National Championships. An official list of all the qualifiers for this meet will be announced by the NCAA in the next few days.
Senior Andre Ivankovic ran a nine-second personal best in his final cross country race with the Elis. He finished in 32:20.1, placing 81st overall and fourth for the team. Ivankovic has been a scorer for the Elis' for most of his time at Yale, and finishes this season with two personal bests in a row. Furthermore, Ivankovic's place at this meet and at Ivies two weeks ago are the best of his collegiate career at these meets.
Sophomore Trevor Reinhart finished second on the team in his first 10-kilometer race. He placed 36th overall with a time of 31:34.1. This is a remarkable feat, especially for a sophomore athlete competing at this meet for the first time. He was the 10th-fastest underclassman in the race and it will be exciting to see how Reinhart builds on this success in the track and field season and in future cross country seasons.
Three juniors comprised the rest of the squad that competed at Regionals. Cameron Stanish led the group, placing third on the team and 77th overall. He finished the course just a few seconds ahead of Ivankovic, in 32:17.6. Ryan Brady and Scott Meehan were the Elis' final two finishers on Friday. Both were competing at Regionals for the first time and finished 121st and 163rd, respectively. Brady ran a time of 32:57.5, while Meehan finished with a time of 33:33.6.
While Randon prepares for NCAA National Championships, the rest of these athletes will enjoy a well-deserved break and begin preparing for the track and field season. More information about the NCAA Championships will be posted as the race grows closer. Full results from this meet can be found here.
Report by Joseph Battles '18, Yale Sports Publicity