NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's track and field team will be traveling to Boston on Saturday for the ICAAAA Championships, to be held at the Track and Tennis Center of Boston University. Each year, following the conclusions of conference championships, the best athletes in the New York/New England region get together for one of the most competitive meets in the country. Since the qualifying standards are tough to match, only the best of the best are invited to compete. This year, 10 Bulldogs will be competing over the two-day meet in their final chances at improving upon their best performances from this indoor season.
Getting things started on Saturday will be Nick Dahl, Will Laird, Allen Siegler and Harrison Smith in the mile run preliminaries. Siegler's time has him ranked 20th entering the meet, whereas Dahl is close behind, ranked 29th. Eight athletes will advance to Sunday's final round. Following the milers will be CJ McCord in the high jump, in which he is ranked ninth with an impressive mark of 2.10m (6' 10.75"). Closing out the day for the Bulldogs will be Ekrem Ayhan and Phil Zuccaro in the preliminaries of the 200m dash. Ayhan is ranked 52nd in the region with his time of 21.76. The top 12 athletes by time will advance to Sunday's final, and last year 21.78 was the 12th man in, so Ayhan should be looking to extend his weekend to Sunday.
Jimmy Shih will start the day on Sunday with the triple jump, in his first indoor IC4A championship meet, he is ranked 52nd with his mark of 14.48m (47' 6.25"). Austin Laut will be competing in the pole vault, ranked fifth, coming off an All-Ivy performance last weekend at Ivy Heps. His personal best mark of 5.20m (17' 0.75") is just inches off the school record. Lastly, Robert Miranda will compete in the 3,000m run, after a break-out first track season for the Bulldogs nearly breaking the first-Year record in the 3,000m. His time of 8:16.66 has him ranked 42nd going into the meet – however, that same time would have finished 12th at last year's meet.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity