Bulldogs Test Themselves Against Fast Field
SOUTH BEND, Ind.—The Yale men's cross country team heads back from Indiana after racing on Friday at the Notre Dame Joe Piane Invitational. This meet drew teams from across the country and as expected, provided strong competition for the Elis. The fastest times in the race were among the best collegiate times run so far this season.
Yale raced in the more competitive of the two men's races at Notre Dame on Friday and placed 24th (607 points). The five-mile race was packed throughout, with more than 150 athletes passing through the four-kilometer mark within the span of 45 seconds. Mississippi led the team scoring with 83 points and Mississippi's Sean Tobin won the meet in 23:31.9.
Senior James Randon led the team by a wide margin, placing 42nd overall. His time of 24:24.8 is about 30 seconds faster than his time at Harvard/Yale/Princeton two weeks ago. Senior Andre Ivankovic finished second for the Elis and 133rd overall, with a time of 25:16.4. These two seniors' strong races demonstrate the value of the experience and training completed over the past three years with the Elis and hopefully foreshadow even faster races at the Ivy League Championships and NCAAs.
Yale's third through fifth scorers all finished within five seconds of each other. Freshman Allen Siegler led junior Adam Houston through the first half of the race, but Houston made a move in the latter half, moving up to finish just ahead of Siegler. Houston placed 154th (25:33.8) moving up 36 places after the first mile, while Siegler finished in 160th with a personal-best time of 25:36.5. Junior Ryan Brady was the Elis' final scorer, finishing about two seconds behind Siegler in 163rd place (25:38.6). This marks Brady's fastest time of the season thus far by more than 20 seconds.
Senior Spike Sievert and junior Matt Chisholm were the Bulldogs' two displacers at Friday's race, finishing sixth and seventh, respectively. Sievert placed 178th (26:02.6), while Chisholm took 187th (26:11.3). Freshman Armstrong Noonan was the Elis' final competitor at Notre Dame. He finished 193rd (26:25.6).
Full results can be found here. The Bulldogs race next at the New England Championships on Oct. 8.
Report by Joseph Battles '18, Yale Sports Publicity