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Bulldogs Set New Personal Records at Valentine Invitational

Mike Koller. (photo by Steve Musco)
Mike Koller. (photo by Steve Musco)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -  The Yale men's track and field team competed earlier today at the 2018 David Hemery Valentine Invitational, hosted by Boston University. The meet featured some of the toughest competition for the men's track and field team this season, nevertheless, the Bulldogs came away with many successful performances. The Elis have been competing well and continuing to build on their strong momentum as Ivy Heps approaches.

The Bulldogs' distance squad started and continued strong through the afternoon, and was highlighted by Trevor Reinhart's impressive performance in the one mile run. Reinhart placed 12th in a field of 347 runners, setting a new personal record of 4:02.78, placing him third on the Yale all-time top 15 indoor list. Thomas Gmür, Will Laird and Allen Siegler all competed in the one mile run alongside Reinhart, and they all set new personal records of 4:10.20, 4:12.34 and 4:10.75, respectively. Matt Chisholm ran 4:16.26 in the one mile run, and then he got to watch his father Chris Chisholm compete a few heats later, where he placed sixth in his heat with a time of 4:42.14. Cameron Wyman placed 38th in the 800m run, setting a new personal record of 1:54.94. Kohl Swift and Alex Whittaker also competed in the 800m run, both setting new personal records of 1:56.44 and 1:58.86, respectively. In the 1,000m run, Michael Yuan placed 34th with a time of 2:32.01, followed by Austin Stoner in 2:31.47. Nick Dahl and Armstrong Noonan both set new personal records in the 3,000m run, running 8:21.15 and 8:26.86, respectively. Neil Braganza also competed in the 3,000m run, running an 8:44.81. Closing the day for the Bulldogs was Charlie Gardner with a strong performance in the 5,000m run, in which he placed 28th, setting a huge personal record of 14:47.25.

In the sprinting and hurdling events, the Bulldogs set seven new personal records, and a few of the athletes moved higher up on Yale's all-time top 15 indoor list. Vincent Vaughns placed 12th in the 200m dash, running a very quick time of 21.62, just 0.01 seconds off his personal record. Ekrem Ayhan joined the top 15 list in the 200m dash, with a new PR of 22.19. Joining Ayhan and Vaughns in the 200m dash were Connor Hill, Kyle Macauley and Cody Clements, running 22.27, 22.34 and 23.97, respectively. Clements' time of 23.97 was a new personal record for him. Captain Paedyn Gomes ran away with second place in the 60mH, tying his personal record of 7.94. Ben Shelley also competed in the 60mH, where he ran an 8.90.  Alex Young was the only bulldog to compete in the 60m dash, finishing with a time of 7.26. Gregory Campbell, Jr., set a new personal record of 48.95 in the 400m dash, bumping him a few spots higher on the top 15 list. The 500m dash saw three new personal records for the Bulldogs, including Fergal Burnett Small in 1:07.39, Jackson Chapman in 1:08.35 and Jonathan Ascher in 1:08.65. Ayhan, Campbell, Jr., Hill and Alex McIntyre teamed up for the 4x400m relay, where they placed eighth with a time of 3:16.58.

The field events featured some of the best performances of the day for the Bulldogs, with numerous personal/seasonal bests. In the high jump, Spencer O'Neill placed fourth and tied his personal record of 2.00m, and CJ McCord jumped 1.90m. In the pole vault, Austin Laut placed second with a new seasonal best of 5.10m and Kyle Brown tied his personal record of 4.65m. Jimmy Shih had a great day, placing sixth in the long jump with a new personal record of 6.80m, and seventh in the triple jump with a new seasonal best of 14.46m. Carl Mansson also competed in the long jump, finishing with a mark of 6.11m.

Full results from today's meet are available here. The Bulldogs will compete at the Armory Invitational next Saturday in New York. Following the Armory Invitational will be the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, held Saturday, February 24 and 25 in Hanover, N.H.


Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity.