Oct. 31, 2008
BRONX, N. Y. - This Friday at Van Cortlandt Park, the Yale men raced at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. The Bulldogs placed seventh overall with a score of 176 points. Princeton was the team champion for the third year in a row with a team score of 58 points, just barely edging out Columbia's 61. Dartmouth senior Ben True was the individual winner of the race, crossing the line in an impressive time of 23:59.6--the fastest time in Heps history-- after leading almost the entire race. The top finisher for the Bulldogs was senior Jared Bell, who took 21st place with a time of 25:21.
The other four of the top-five runners who scored for Yale were senior Jake Gallagher (30th, 25:37), senior John Hinkle (40th, 25:48), junior Max Brown (48th, 26:05) and junior Jeff Perrella (56th, 26:20).
Freshman Nathan Richards performed well--placing 60th overall in 26:26--finishing in the Bulldogs' top seven for only the second time this season. He was followed by senior Murat Kayali, who finished 64th in 26:33.
The Bulldogs did manage to improve upon last year's disappointing eighth-place finish, but their Heps performance did not reflect the team's stronger results from earlier in the season or past individual performances of returning runners.
Luckily, this is not the end of the road for the team: in two weeks, the Yale men will race at Van Cortlandt Park once again, only this time at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships. The meet, to be held on Sat., Nov. 15, will feature over thirty teams from New England and New York; five other Ivy-League teams will also compete, giving the Bulldogs a chance for post-Heps redemption. Last year, Yale placed eighth overall, and Gallagher led the squad with a 19th place finish.
Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity