NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's track and field team will be traveling to Princeton, N.J., on Saturday for the 2019 Harvard-Yale-Princeton tri-meet, to be held at the Jadwin Gymnasium. Following last weekend's tri-meet against Columbia and Dartmouth, the Bulldogs head to New Jersey to face league rivals Harvard and Princeton. With Ivy Heps now only a month away, this will be a great indicator of how the Bulldogs stack up against the rest of the Ivy League. The meet is set to begin at 12:00 p.m., with the field events; the running events will get underway at 2:00 p.m.
The weight throw will kick things off for the Elis with Jack Dunn and Andy Rochon. Both athletes competed well last weekend, and will aim to be big point contributors in the throwing events this weekend; Rochon is also slated to compete in the shot put. Following the throwers will be Darius Jing and Jimmy Shih in the long jump. Shih finished fifth in this event at last year's meet, and is also set to compete in the triple jump in which he is the second-ranked returner. Austin Laut will take on the pole vault, in which he is also ranked second among returners – his stiffest competition will come from rival Harvard. Finally, CJ McCord and Spencer O'Neill will take flight in the high jump. Neither athlete competed in this meet last year, but McCord has had a lightning-fast start to the 2019 season and should be a top contender this weekend.
In one of the Bulldogs' main scoring events, the 60m dash, Ekrem Ayhan, Kyle Macauley, Alex McIntyre, Juma Sei, Vincent Vaughns, Alex Young and Phil Zuccaro will compete in the trials. Macauley, Vaughns and Young all qualified for the finals at last year's meet – Vaughns is the top returner, Macauley the third and Young the fifth. Zuccaro will return to the track for the 200m dash. Chris Colbert and Connor Hill will race in the 400m dash at 3:20 p.m., and while neither saw this event at last year's meet, Hill is coming off a runner-up finish in the 400m dash from last week and should be primed for a quick race. Fergal Burnett Small and Jack Chapman will be returning to the 500m dash as the fourth- and fifth-ranked returners, respectively.
James Lewis, Austin Stoner and Kohl Swift are set to compete in the 800m run. Lewis and Swift placed fifth and sixth, respectively, at last year's meet. Be sure to watch for Hugh Sadler, Allen Siegler and Alex Whittaker in the 1,000m run – Sadler and Siegler are both coming off strong showings in the mile run, so they should be looking to translate their endurance and access their speed this weekend for top finishes. The mile run will feature Zach Capello, Nick Dahl, Will Laird, Robert Miranda and Cameron Wyman in what is always an exciting race. Dahl is the top returner in the event, while Laird is entering the meet as the third-ranked returner. In the longest event on the track, the 3,000m run, the Bulldogs will field Charlie Gardner, Jonathan Lomogda, Brendan Murray, Evan Pattinelli, Patrick Perry and Harrison Smith. Murray is coming off a break-out performance in this event from last weekend, while Gardner and Lomogda finished tenth and eleventh in this event last year.
Closing out the day for the Bulldogs will be the relay squads in the 4x800m relay and the 4x400m relay. In the 4x800m relay, the Bulldogs will field a team of Laird, Dahl, Sadler and Miranda. In the 4x400m relay, the Bulldogs have entered three different teams: an A team of Ayhan, Burnett Small, Hill and Sei; a B team of Chapman, Colbert, McIntyre and Wyman; and a C team of Lewis, Stoner, Swift and Whittaker.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity