Levine Repeats as Ivy League Champ

Mike Levine. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Mike Levine. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Captain Bieszard Leads Bulldogs to Seventh Place

PHILADELPHIA – Led by its captain and the Ivy Leagues undisputed best discus thrower, the Yale men's track and field team strung together a number of impressive results Sunday at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships at Penn. As a team, the Bulldogs placed seventh (36 points), losing out to Penn by 1.5 points. Princeton claimed the title for the second year in a row with 193 points.

Senior captain Matthew Bieszard and junior Mike Levine individually accounted for 30 points between them, with Bieszard also contributing on the relay teams. For their efforts, they earned Second Team All-Ivy and First Team All Ivy honors, respectively.

Levine, who finished third in the hammer throw yesterday, kick-started the Elis with a victorious title defense in the discus throw. Prior to the event, Levine knew his primary competition would be Cornell's Stephen Mozia, who held a slight edge in the rankings. But Levine rose to the occasion and hurled a season-best 53.79m (176'06") to beat out Mozia by a decisive .61m. Levine's throw was the fifth best mark in the IC4A this year.

Bieszard, who has been in top form of late, had a career day to lead the Bulldogs on the track. After running a PR yesterday to claim the top qualifying spot in the 400-meter dash, he was more than a full second faster today. But in a repeat of indoor Heps, he was clipped at the finish line by Harvard's Tom Hopkins, and settled for second. Bieszard's time of 46.92 moves him into fifth on Yale's all-time charts. Bieszard returned to run a season-best in the 200-meter dash and take third (21.35), finishing right behind Hopkins again.

Finally, Bieszard anchored the Bulldogs' 4x100-meter relay team to a fifth-place finish. The team of sophomore Daniel Jones, sophomore Nnamdi Udeh, freshman Dylan Hurley and Bieszard posted its best time of the season (41.90), and also competed in the 4x400-meter relay (8th – 3:18.04).

Yale's premier middle distance runners were able to compete in the 4x800-meter relay for the first time this season, and made the most of their opportunity. The team of sophomore James Shirvell, junior Timothy Hillas, senior Charlie Jaeger and senior John Van Deventer placed fourth in an extremely talented field (7:25.64). The average leg was an impressive 1:51.41, a mark that only Shirvell has surpassed individually this year. The team's time stands as the seventh best in the IC4A conference this year, suggesting a realistic chance at All-East honors at next weekend's meet.

The Elis also received some solid performances from its distance runners. Junior Sam Kirtner (20th – 14:56.97) and sophomore Miles Richardson (21st – 14:58.22) each set personal records in the 5000-meter run. Sophomore Ryan Laemel was 23rd in 15:08.92. Senior Nathan Richards also placed ninth in the 3000-meter steeplechase (9:14.37).

The Bulldogs will be at Princeton next weekend for the IC4A Championships.

Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity