NEW HAVEN, Conn.- The men's track and field team took second place at the Columbia-Dartmouth meet this weekend with 70 points in a meet that saw the return of many upperclassmen to the track for the first time this season. It was the Bulldog freshmen who stole the show, however, placing in a number of events to contribute to their 48-point drubbing of host Columbia.
The 200-meter dash saw the long-awaited return of senior captain Marc-Andre Alexandre to the track for the first time this season. Alexandre, who competed at the Canadian Olympic Trials over the summer, took first place in the event with a time of 22.07 seconds. Freshman Vincent Vaughns placed second with an identical time — a very strong start to his Ivy League career.
Freshman Kyle Macauley placed first in the 60-meter dash, handily beating out two Dartmouth seniors for his personal best time this season. Junior Paedyn Gomes continued his dominance of the 60-meter hurdles, taking first in the event with a time of 8.08 seconds.
In a tightly contested 400-meter race, sophomore Connor Hill took first place with a time of 50.44 seconds and freshman Greg Moschella took second only .01 seconds behind. Senior Chandler Crusan placed fourth in the event. Adding to Yale's point total, sophomore Gregory Campbell placed third in the 500-meters.
As expected, the 4x400 relay was a key event for the Bulldogs. The A team — boasting a slightly reconfigured squad of senior Chandler Crusan and sophomores Campbell, Hill, and Alexander McIntyre — placed first with a time of 3:19.07. The B team — senior Austin Loewen and freshmen Macauley, Moschella, and Vaughns — came in third at 3:26.06. The Elis also placed first in the 4x800 relay with a team composed of seniors James Randon, Andre Ivankovic and Tim Cox and junior Thomas Gmür.
Consistent with past seasons, this was the first meet of the track season for many of the distance runners. Randon and Gmür took second and third place in the 1000-meter run, with Randon only .04 seconds away from the top spot. Also taking the track for the first time this season was sophomore Trevor Reinhart, who finished sixth in the 1000-meters.
The Elis also put up a strong showing in the field events. With the same consistency they exhibited in the first two meets of the season, the Bulldog throwers had another strong outing. Junior Jacob Hoops placed first in the shot put, and senior Luke Persichetti took fourth. Persichetti also placed second in the weight throw, while sophomore Marcus Downs took fourth.
Freshman Bruno Jednacak placed first in the long jump, handily beating the second place finisher from Dartmouth by .46 meters. Keep an eye on Jednacak to be one of the top jumpers in the Ivy League this year. Sophomore Austin Laut finished second in the pole vault, narrowly missing out on the top spot. The high jumpers also scored six critical points for the Bulldogs — junior Michael Koller and sophomore Keith McCord tied for second, and freshman Spencer O'Neill took fourth. Such outstanding performances from so many freshen combined with the proven capabilities of the team's upperclassmen indicate a strong season ahead for the Bulldogs.
Full results from today's meet are available here. The Bulldogs' next meet will be at home on Jan. 29 against Harvard and Princeton.
Report by Olivia Paschal '18, Yale Sports Publicity