NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Today marked the first day of competition for the Yale men's track and field team at the Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships. Many of today's events were preliminary rounds, with qualifiers advancing to tomorrow's final rounds. The Bulldogs competed very well in the events that held final rounds today, and tallied 16 points. The Bulldogs are currently in fourth place – only two points behind second place – going into the final day of competition.
In today's 3,000m run final, Trevor Reinhart ran a nearly perfect race, commanding his way to victory with a time of 8:17.58. On the subject of the importance of his win, Reinhart commented, "Today's win solidified my confidence that I can race with anyone in the league. There were some great competitors in that race, so I'm proud to know I can box with the best of them." In the pole vault finals, Austin Laut had an exciting performance, tying his season best of 5.10m and earning third-place honors.
Joining Laut in the pole vault was Kyle Brown with a jump of 4.65m, earning him tenth place. Jimmy Shih competed in the long jump finals today, placing tenth with a jump of 6.60m. Jake Hoops and Andrew Rochon both competed in the shot put finals, placing seventh and 13th, respectively. Hoops' throw of 15.22m is a new season best for him.
In today's preliminary rounds, the Elis had an athlete qualify in all but three events, which should set them up nicely for scoring points tomorrow. Captain Paedyn Gomes said, "I think it was really good that we had guys qualify for a lot of finals. We just need our guys in the finals to execute and get some points tomorrow." Gomes competed in the 60mH prelims today, qualifying for the final round with a time of 8.07. Gomes is the defending Heps champion in that event. When asked about tomorrow's final, he said, "In my race, I need to be more aggressive out of the blocks, into the first hurdle and over the remaining hurdles."
In the 60m dash prelims, Vincent Vaughns and Kyle Macauley both qualified for tomorrow's final round, running times of 6.87 and 6.92, respectively. Both Macauley and Vaughns scored in the 60m dash last year. Macauley also qualified for tomorrow's 200m dash finals, running a time of 22.40 in the prelims. The Bulldogs will certainly be hoping to earn points tomorrow in both the 60m dash and 200m dash.
In today's 800m run prelims, Cameron Wyman ran a very smart race, qualifying for tomorrow's finals with a time of 1:54.34. In today's trials for the mile run, Thomas Gmür snagged the final qualifying spot with a time of 4:14.56. These guys will be joined by Reinhart and other members of the distance crew tomorrow for the 4x800m relay and the distance medley relay. The Bulldogs will also be fielding a 4x400m relay squad, an event that usually yields a lot of points for them.
After his victory in the 3,000m run today, Trevor Reinhart emphasized the importance of momentum going into the final day of Ivy Heps competition. Reinhart said, "Momentum is often undervalued in track and field, but I hope that my performance, as well as many of my teammates', has lit a fire that can bring some excitement to the rest of the team tomorrow morning."
Results from today's events can be found here. Indoor Heps action will resume tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. with the weight throw finals; running events will begin at 11:00 a.m. A full schedule of events is available here. A full recap with final results will be posted tomorrow following the conclusion of the meet.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity