Oct. 4, 2008
ORONO, Maine - Saturday morning, the Bulldogs competed at the Murray Keatinge Invitational hosted by the University of Maine. The Yale men finished a strong second with 54 points, but were edged out by Dartmouth's score of 28. In honor of their high team finish, the men received a buoy--awarded in place of a traditional trophy at Maine.
Dartmouth standout Ben True won the individual title--covering the 8,000-meter course in a time of 23:57--leading a charge that put Dartmouth's five scorers in the top ten. The Big Green is ranked No. 4 in the Northeast region, ahead of the seventh-ranked Bulldogs.
The third finisher for the Bulldogs was senior Jake Gallagher, who placed 11th in 25:25. Gallagher, this year's team captain, won this meet last year; however, this was his first race so far this season after sitting out the first two meets.
Senior John Hinkle had been leading the Bulldog pack in the early stages of the race, but took a fall near the midway part and was unable to make up the lost ground, and finished 25th in 25:43.
In two weeks, the full squad will compete in its final regular-season meet: the Penn State Invitational.
Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity