Oct. 17, 2008
STATE COLLEGE, Penn. - Friday morning, the Bulldogs competed in their last regular-season meet--the Penn. St. National Invitational. The men placed tenth in a field of 28 teams with a score of 269 points. The top finisher for the Bulldogs was captain Jake Gallagher, who crossed the line of the 5.2mi course in a time of 26:08.
The individual winner of the race was Georgetown junior Andrew Bumbalough, who finished in 25:10, and led Georgetown in their first-place effort. Currently, Georgetown stands at No. 8 in the national rankings.
In a field of over 300 runners, Gallagher placed 41st, and was followed closely by two other seniors: Jared Bell placed 51st in 26:14, and John Hinkle was 62nd overall in 26:25. Completing the scoring were junior Jeff Perrella (68th, 26:28) and senior Murat Kayali (71st, 26:31). The Bulldog pack had an impressive spread of only 23 seconds for the first five finishers.
Going forward, the Elis will begin their championship season in two weeks: on Oct. 31, the eight Ivy League teams will vie for the team title at the Heptagonal Championships in New York.
Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity