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Bulldogs to Join Forces with Crimson, Host 46th Harvard-Yale Oxford-Cambridge Meet

Paedyn Gomes and Austin Loewen
Paedyn Gomes and Austin Loewen

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's track and field team will host the 46th iteration of the Harvard-Yale Oxford-Cambridge Meet this weekend at Dewitt Cuyler field in New Haven. The storied biennial meet pits the Harvard and Yale teams together against their counterparts from across the pond, Oxford and Cambridge. The Harvard-Yale team has won the vast majority of the meets held since 1894, including the last three straight, and is raring to go. Traditionally, only the most select group of athletes competes in the meet, and most events feature only between four and eight total scorers. We can therefore expect to see many of the Bulldogs' top competitors in action on Saturday.

The Elis will look for strong showings in the individual events to propel the Harvard-Yale coalition to victory. Freshman Vincent Vaughns, who broke the Yale record in the 100-meter dash two weeks ago, will forgo that event to compete in the 200-meter dash this weekend. Senior Marc-Andre Alexandre, whose 100-meter time was only .15 seconds behind Vaughns two weeks ago, will race the 100-meters for the Bulldogs on Saturday alongside sophomore Connor Hill. To close out the sprint events, we can expect to see sophomore Alex McIntyre in the 400 meter dash. Yale will contribute two athletes in the 110-meter hurdles, junior Paedyn Gomes (who has the second-fastest time in the Ivy League this season) and senior Austin Loewen.

Senior James Randon, one of the best Yale distance runners in recent memory, will take the track in the 800 meters. It will be the first time he has competed in this event since last season when he finished second at the Sam Howell Invitational, and it will be exciting to see how he measures against international competition. Junior Thomas Gmür will race in the mile for the Harvard-Yale team.

The HYOC meet traditionally includes two relay events, the 4x400 and the 4x100, which feature combined Harvard-Yale and Oxford-Cambridge teams. Vaughns, who broke the Yale record in the 100-meter dash two weekends ago, will likely be one of the Bulldogs on the 4x100 team, possibly joined by either Alexandre, who ran a leg of this relay in 2015,  or freshman Kyle Macauley. In the 4x400-meter relay, we could see McIntyre and freshman Greg Moschella, who hold the top two times for the Bulldogs in that individual event so far this season.

The Elis will also contribute to the effort in field events, particularly in the pole vault. Sophomore Austin Laut, who currently holds the third-highest vault in the conference this season, will lead the Harvard-Yale team in that event. Freshman Bruno Jednacak will compete in the long jump for the second weekend in a row, joined by Macauley.

A full schedule for the event is available here. The day's running events will begin at 2:15 p.m. at Dewitt Cuyler field with the 10,000-meter run, and the field events will begin at 3:00 p.m. The last event is scheduled for 5:55 p.m, and a post-match reception and banquet will follow. A full recap and results will be available on yalebulldogs.com after the event concludes.

Report by Olivia Paschal '18, Yale Sports Publicity.