NEW YORK -- Friday, the Yale men's track and field team took on Columbia and Dartmouth for some early-season Ivy League action at the Yale-Dartmouth-Columbia tri-meet, held at the Armory in New York. The team race was tight, and Bulldogs came away third with 52 points behind second-place Dartmouth with 62 points and first-place Columbia with 66 points.
Vincent Vaughns led the Bulldogs' sprinters with his second-place finish in the 60m dash finals, running a time of 6.90. Phillip Zuccaro and Alex Young also competed in the 60m dash finals, finishing fifth and sixth, respectively. In the 200m dash, the Bulldogs took third and fourth off quick efforts by Ekrem Ayhan and Zuccaro. In his first season as an Eli, Zuccaro has been showing off his speed at every opportunity. Connor Hill placed second by less than 0.3 seconds in the 400m dash, while Jackson Chapman rounded out the sprinting events with his sixth-place finish in the 500m dash, running 1:07.05.
In the 800m run, Cameron Wyman finished runner-up in an impressive fashion, coming from behind at the end of the race to run 1:55.29. Alex Whittaker also ran a great race in the 800m run, placing sixth with a time of 1:57.14. Will Laird scored in the 1,000m run, off a fourth-place finish and time of 2:30.94, followed by Austin Stoner in eighth with a time of 2:33.92. In the mile run, Harrison Smith ran a commanding race, but got nabbed at the finish line, placing third with an impressive time of 4:13.90. Allen Siegler and Hugh Sadler also ran great races in the mile, running 4:19.44 and 4:19.91, respectively. The 3,000m run was one of the best races of the day for the Bulldogs, as they put three runners in the top six. Nick Dahl, Robert Miranda and Brendan Murray placed second, third and sixth, with times of 8:24.79, 8:25.74 and 8:29.61, respectively.
Rounding out the action on the track were the relay events, in which the Bulldogs had two great showings. Juma Sei took the Armory by storm with his anchor leg in the 4x400m relay, overtaking the lead and closing hard for the victory with a time of 3:17.12 – his split of 48.12 was the fastest in the field. Kyle Macauley, Ayhan and Hill were the other legs on the winning Bulldog team. The 4x800m relay squad of Siegler, Laird, Smith and Sadler – in that order – placed second to a fast Columbia team with a time of 7:50.29.
In the jumps, the Bulldogs dominated, scoring in each event. CJ McCord, Spencer O'Neill and Cody Clements swept the top three spots in the high jump with respective marks of 2.02m, 1.92m and 1.82m. McCord's win secures his streak of victories, as he continues to be undefeated in his final season. Jimmy Shih and Darius Jing represented the Bulldogs in the long jump and triple jump. Shih finished third in the long jump with a length of 6.86m and second in the triple jump with his mark of 14.48m. Jing placed fifth in the long jump with a jump of 6.57m. Austin Laut won a jump off for second place in the pole vault with a height of 4.75m.
Results are available here. The Bulldogs will compete again next Saturday in Princeton, N.J., at the Harvard-Yale-Princeton tri-meet.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity