NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Saturday, the Yale men's cross country team will head to West Windsor Fields in Princeton, N.J., for the 2018 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. Each of the eight Ivy League universities will field its 12 top runners to race over 8,000m to determine the fastest individuals, and teams, in the league. The first seven runners to cross the finish line will earn first-team All-Ivy honors, and the eighth through 14th finishers will be named second-team All-Ivy. The men's race will begin at 12:00 p.m.
The Bulldogs will be led by captain Trevor Reinhart, in his final Ivy Heps cross country race. Reinhart was first-team All-Ivy in 2017, after his comeback sixth-place finish, and will have his sights set to best that performance from last year. Jonathan Lomogda is coming into the meet off a 24th place finish from 2017, and has competed strong throughout the season. Lomogda, when asked what he thought of this year's team, responded, "We are far better than we've been given credit for, and I know we can run with any team in the league. We're hungry, and hungry dogs run faster."
Cade Brown and Robert Miranda, in their first seasons as Bulldogs, have led the team at multiple races already. Charlie Gardner and Hugh Sadler are coming off stellar performances at the CCSU Mini Meet, where they placed seventh and ninth, respectively. They should be tuned-up for quick performances at Ivy Heps. Allen Siegler has proven his abilities over the course of the past year, and will definitely be someone to look out for this weekend.
Brown was asked what he thinks it will take for the Bulldogs to find themselves at the top of the results sheet, and he commented, "If we can band together well like we have done in our workouts, finding each other and pushing each other farther than we think we can go, we will show the Ivy League the true strength of the Bulldogs.
Will Laird and Patrick Perry have raced well for the Bulldogs this season, with Laird competing for the team at Pre-Nationals. Neil Braganza, Evan Pattinelli and Cameron Wyman all made the Ivy Heps roster after their performances at the CCSU Mini Meet. Like the other Elis who raced at the Mini Meet, these athletes should be geared for a fast race.
Perry praised the depth of the team, and stressed their reliance on how they have been training, saying, "We'll pull it out at Heps because our training and workouts have been consistent. In all, our strength is in our numbers and our depth, and we need to use that to our advantage."
A recap and results will be posted following the conclusion of the meet.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity