NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Harvard-Yale team beat Achilles (the Oxford-Cambridge team) 24-16 at the 46th biennial Harvard-Yale Oxford-Cambridge meet on Saturday. The Yale men's team contributed nine points to the effort, with the Bulldogs looking particularly strong in the sprint events. The scoring for this meet is different than is usual for a track and field meet. Instead of awarding points to the top five finishers, one point is awarded per event, to the top finisher only, and points scored in the men's and women's events are combined.
Senior Marc-Andre Alexandre dominated the 100-meter dash, with a time of 10.58 seconds. That time is not only a personal best for him, but is tied for the second fastest in Yale's history. Alexandre was awarded the Pat Liles Award for Most Outstanding Performer at the conclusion of the match.
Junior Paedyn Gomes was the first Eli to score with a top finish in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 14.38 seconds, earning the Rittenburg award for Most Outstanding Hurdler. He was followed closely by senior Austin Loewen, who finished second at 15.22 seconds.
The meet remained neck-and-neck through the first few events, but once freshman Bruno Jednacak won the long jump to put Harvard-Yale ahead 5-4, the team never looked back. Jednacak's leap of 7.17 meters was a personal best for him, and over .3 meters longer than his jump at last weekend's Mark Young Invitational. His mark at Saturday's meet ranks among the highest in the Ivy League thus far this season. Junior Alex McIntyre put a point on the board for Harvard-Yale with a victory in the 400-meter dash, clocking in at 49.53 seconds.
To close out the Yale effort in the sprint events, freshman Vincent Vaughns won the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.58 seconds, the second-fastest in the Ivy League so far this season. The men's 4x100-meter relay team, composed of Gomes, Vaughns, Alexandre, and freshman Kyle Macauley came in first place as well. Senior James Randon was the Bulldogs' only scorer in middle-distance or distance events, placing first in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:54.32.
The Bulldogs found success in jumping events as well. Sophomore Jimmy Shih placed first in the triple jump at 14.48 meters, and sophomore Austin Laut took first in the pole vault with a vault of 5.00 meters.
Today marks the fourth consecutive win for the Harvard-Yale team in the meet, and they control the overall record as well, having lost only twice since 1959. The Bulldogs will go from teaming up with the Crimson to going head-to-head with them as they travel to Harvard next Saturday, April 15, for the annual Harvard-Yale meet. A full preview for that meet will be available next week.
Report by Olivia Paschal '18, Yale Sports Publicity