Nov. 15, 2008
Bronx, N. Y. - Saturday morning, the Bulldogs toed the line of a very muddy course at Van Cortlandt Park for the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships. Despite the less-than-ideal conditions, the Bulldogs performed well. The Yale men moved up in the later stages of the 10,000-meter race, finishing 11th out of 33 teams with a score of 316 points. Captain Jake Gallagher was the top harrier for the squad, finishing 35th out of a field of 239 finishers with a time of 33:02.
Junior Jeff Perrella had a fine race as well, placing 63rd overall in 33:35. This is Perrella's best finish for the Bulldogs since joining the team this fall. Rounding out the scoring five were senior John Hinkle (67th, 33:38), sophomore Max Walden (77th, 33:59) and senior Jared Bell (78th, 34.01).
Overall, the team showed improvement from a somewhat-disappointing finish at the Heps two weeks ago. Yale beat Brown, among other strong teams, in the standings.
It was a tough battle between the front teams to determine the teams who would qualify for the NCAA Championships--only the top two teams earn automatic berths to Nationals. Winning the team title were the Iona Gaels, who took three of the top five spots to secure the win with a score of 46 points. Snagging the second berth were the Friars of Providence, who narrowly beat out a closely-packed Columbia team, 88 to 103.
While the Bulldogs will miss qualifying for the National Championships this year, their season will not end here. On Sat., Nov. 22nd, the Bulldogs will toe the line at Van Cortlandt Park for the IC4A Championships--their final competition of the season.
Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity