Team Finishes Second, Randon Wins Harvard/Yale/Princeton
PRINCETON, N.J.—The Yale men's cross country team raced in its first Ivy League competition of the 2016 season on Saturday. With a strong push in the last third of the race, senior James Randon won the eight-kilometer race. Two freshmen also finished in the team's top five, showing the strength of the class and their ability to immediately contribute to the team's success. The Elis placed second in the meet with 49 points, beating the Crimson (55 points), but falling short of defeating the Princeton Tigers (23 points).
At the three-mile mark, the race was still packed at the front, with the 30 top athletes all within five seconds of each other. In the last two miles of the race, the pace sped up significantly and the leading pack strung out. At the front of this group was senior James Randon, who won the race with a time of 24:58.9. After finishing 10th at this meet last year, Randon's performance on Saturday confirms that he is able to use the speed and strength he gained through the track and field season to win cross country races.
Following Randon was senior Andre Ivankovic, who finished sixth overall with a time of 25:13.3. This marks Ivankovic's best place at this meet and demonstrates his experience and strength heading into his senior season.
After strong performances at the Fordham Fiasco, junior Hale Ross as well as freshmen Allen Siegler and Armstrong Noonan all demonstrated on Saturday that they could continue to race among the team's top athletes and run fast times. Ross placed 13th overall and third on the team, finishing the race in 25:21.9. Siegler and Noonan finished slightly further behind in 18th place (25:42.8) and 19th place (25:43.6), respectively. These two athletes have finished close together in both meets so far this season and will hopefully continue to push each other to even faster times through the rest of the season.
Junior Ryan Brady was the Bulldogs' sixth finisher, placing 23rd in 25:52.8, while junior Adam Houston rounded out the Bulldogs' top seven in 26th place (26:08.2). Senior Spike Sievert and junior Matt Chisholm finished just behind Houston, with Sievert taking 27th place overall (26:08.8) and Chisholm earning 28th place (26:10.9).
Freshman Austin Stoner, senior Tim Cox and juniors Michael Yuan and Scott Meehan were the Elis' 10th through 13th finishers. Stoner marked a personal best of slightly more than seven seconds with his time of 26:38.1 for 31st place. Cox also earned a personal best, with his time of 26:45.0 marking a 15-second improvement over his next-best eight-kilometer time. He placed 32nd and was followed close behind by Yuan who finished in 26:45.7 (33rd place). Meehan took 34th place with a time of 27:06.4.
Princeton won the meet by placing a group of four athletes between Randon and Ivankovic (second through fifth place), while the Crimson were unable to place any athletes in the top six. Ivankovic's performance near the end of the race was especially important in the Bulldogs' ability to beat Harvard, as he finished less than two seconds before Harvard's top two runners, holding them to seventh and eighth place, respectively. Similarly, Siegler and Noonan's races were also crucial, as they passed Harvard's fifth runner in the final two miles of the race, helping secure the Elis' second-place finish.
Full results from this meet can be found here. The Bulldogs race next at the Notre Dame Invitational on Sep. 30.
Report by Joseph Battles '18, Yale Sports Publicity