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Valentine Invitational Headlined by Personal Records

Allen Siegler. (photo by Don Clark)
Allen Siegler. (photo by Don Clark)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's track and field team competed at two meets Saturday: the David Hemery Valentine Invitational, held in Boston, and the Giegengack Invitational, set at Coxe Cage in New Haven. Running events headlined the Valentine Invitational for the Bulldogs, while the field athletes were the highlights back home.


David Hemery Valentine Invitational

The Bulldogs went into Boston knowing that fast times were to be had at the Valentine Invitational – notorious for its superb competition and racing conditions. All in all, the Bulldogs ran well across every event group.

The 800m run got the day started for the Bulldogs with James Lewis, Kohl Swift and Alex Whittaker. Lewis clocked the fastest time of the day with a 1:54.65, Whittaker finished with a new personal record of 1:55.44 and Swift crossed the line in 1:56.02, also a personal record. After, Alex Young qualified for the finals of the 60m dash, where he ran a time of 7.07.

Most of the Bulldogs' sprinters took to the oval to compete in the 200m dash, including Juma Sei (21.69), Ekrem Ayhan (21.76), Vincent Vaughns (21.85), Phil Zuccaro (22.19) and Young (22.42). The pair of Chris Colbert and Alex McIntyre ran 49.36 and 51.71, respectively, in the 400m dash, while Fergal Burnett Small found a new personal record in the 500m dash of 1:05.91.

Austin Stoner was the top Bulldog in the 1,000m run, finishing with a time of 2:32.53, while Whittaker took home his second personal record of the day with a mark of 2:33.81. In the mile run, Allen Siegler set a huge personal record of 4:06.25, more than a four-second improvement over his previous best; Will Laird and Harrison Smith broke their own personal records in the mile, as well, with respective times of 4:10.09 and 4:10.18. In the 3,000m run, Robert Miranda smashed his previous best with a time of 8:16.66 – Nick Dahl, Neil Braganza and Zach Capello trailed with times of 8:27.61, 8:48.43 and 9:14.06, respectively.

In the 5,000m run, Brendan Murray led the pack with a fast debut of 14:33.81. Following Murray were Charlie Gardner (14:44.81), Cade Brown (14:46.41), Jonathan Lomogda (14:49.12), Patrick Perry (14:54.43) and Evan Pattinelli (15:39.76). Closing out the day for the Bulldogs was the 4x400m relay squad of Ayhan, Colbert, Vaughns and Sei, running a new season best time of 3:15.47.

Results are available here.


Giegengack Invitational

Back in New Haven, at Coxe Cage, the Bulldogs took on the Giegengack Invitational, mainly featuring field athletes, with the exception of Jackson Chapman who ran 2:01.88 in the 800m run.

CJ McCord was victorious in the high jump with his mark of 2.04m, and he was joined by Spencer O'Neill who jumped 1.89m. The Bulldogs took another victory with Austin Laut's 5.01m mark in the pole vault. Darius Jing and Jimmy Shih finished back-to-back in the long jump with respective marks of 6.83m and 6.75m. Shih later went on to win the triple jump with a distance of 14.30m.

In the weight throw, Jack Dunn launched a mark of 15.72, while Andrew Rochon finished with a distance of 15.61m.

Results from the Giegengack Invitational can be found here.


Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity