BOSTON, Mass. - The Yale men's cross country team is set to compete this Friday at Franklin Park in Boston against Ivy League rival Harvard. Only seven Bulldogs have raced so far this season, so this meet is the season opener for the majority of the team. The men's race is 6,000 meters and will start at 2:00 p.m.
The Bulldogs' captain Trevor Reinhart makes his season debut as the leader of the squad and the sole representative of the senior class. Reinhart placed sixth at the 2017 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships and went on to win an individual title at Indoor Heps.
The junior class will be represented by Jonathan Lomogda, Armstrong Noonan, Allen Siegler, Austin Stoner and Kohl Swift. Lomogda placed 24th at Ivy Heps in 2017, and is the sixth returning junior in the league. He led the Bulldogs for the majority of last season while Reinhart was sidelined. Noonan has proven to be a solid force on the team and will be a valuable scorer over the course of the season. Siegler is coming off a break-out season and has a lot to prove over the 8,000m college distance this year. Expect to see him creep up the results list as the season progresses. Stoner and Swift are entering this weekend with a meet under their belts, so they both have already shaken off some early season rust.
The Bulldogs' sophomore class stepped up last year and is now more mature They will be relied upon this weekend. Neil Braganza and Charlie Gardner were the third and fourth Bulldogs across the line at last year's Heps, and they are geared toward consistently scoring for the team this season. Nick Dahl, Will Laird and Patrick Perry showed a lot of promise throughout their first year at Yale. Alex Whittaker and Cameron Wyman were middle distance specialists on the track for the Bulldogs, and will be looking to showcase their speed at this weekend's meet.
First-years Cade Brown, Robert Miranda, Brendan Murray, Evan Pattinelli and Harrison Smith will all be racing against Harvard this weekend. These athletes have already debuted as Bulldogs, having worked well as a group last week at the Fordham Fiasco. The shorter race distance of 6,000m will be more suited to them, as it is closer to the high school distance than the normal collegiate distance.
Results and a recap will be posted following the conclusion of the meet.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity