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Gomes with Historic Race; Bulldogs Conclude Competition at Ivy League Heptagonal Championships

Gomes with Historic Race; Bulldogs Conclude Competition at Ivy League Heptagonal Championships

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's track and field team concluded competition yesterday at the Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Championships, placing eighth with 39 points. Princeton emerged from the meet victorious, having scored 178 points. While the Bulldogs were behind in team scoring, they still put forth a number of impressive finishes this weekend. 

Paedyn Gomes, seeking his first outdoor championship title in the 110mH, was clean over every hurdle and fast through the finish line, taking the victory. His winning time of 13.92 is a personal record for him, the fourth fastest time run at outdoor Heps, the seventh fastest time ever run in the Ivy League and second all-time for Yale. Gomes continued his success in the 4x100m relay, placing third, and the 200m dash, placing sixth. When asked about his performances this weekend, Gomes stated, "I was hoping for a better finish in the relay, but I was happy we still picked up six points for the team. I tried to use that to help me in the hurdle final because I wanted to make up for the relay and I knew I had to be aggressive into the first hurdle. My first hurdle was really good and then I noticed myself pulling away. It was definitely great to come out on top in my last heps."

Earlier in the day, Matt Chisholm got the action started on the track for the Bulldogs, placing 11th in the 3,000m steeplechase. After the 3,000m steeplechasers left the track, Trevor Reinhart and Allen Siegler took to the 1500m final. Reinhart placed fifth in a very tight race for the win, and Siegler placed 13th. Jonathan Lomogda also saw some action on the track this weekend, finishing the 5,000m run in 18th.

Ekrem Ayhan scored points for the Bulldogs in the 400m final, finishing sixth in his first Ivy League Championships. Vincent Vaughns followed Ayhan with a fifth place performance in the 100m dash final, out-leaning a Cornell competitor. The 200m dash final ended up being an important event for the Bulldogs, as both Vaughns and Gomes scored for the team. Vaughns was runner-up in the event, while Gomes placed sixth. Both of these athletes proved themselves to be vital assets to the team this weekend. 

The 4x800m relay was an exciting race for the Bulldogs, as the team of Siegler, Cameron Wyman, Thomas Gmür and Reinhart moved up from fifth to third in the final leg. Following the 4x800m relay was the 4x400m relay team of Kyle Macauley, Ayhan, Gregory Campbell, Jr., and Vaughns taking sixth in the finals.

To kick off the field events, the Bulldogs had Jimmy Shih finish seventh in the triple jump, after having a fantastic spring. Jake Hoops, in his final heps as a Bulldog, placed seventh in the shot put, followed by Andrew Rochon in 11th. CJ McCord and Spencer O'Neill placed seventh and ninth, respectively, in the high jump to finish the day for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs that have qualified for the ICAAAA Championships will compete next Saturday, May 12, in Princeton, N.J. Results from this weekend can be found here.


Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity