NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's track and field team will kick off the outdoor season on Friday in Raleigh, N.C., at the Raleigh Relays, hosted by North Carolina State. The Raleigh Relays is held over the span of two days, and brings in major talent from the Atlantic coastline. Since the completion of the indoor season, the Bulldogs have been taking time to prepare for the upcoming outdoor season, and many athletes will be beginning their outdoor campaigns at this meet.
Jonathan Lomogda will get things started for the Elis on Friday with the 5,000m run at 10:36 a.m. Lomogda has become a 5,000m specialist during his time at Yale, and boasts a 14:20.29 personal record. At 12:23 p.m., Ekrem Ayhan and Vincent Vaughns will compete in the 100m dash. Ayhan is coming off a strong indoor season, in which he set a new personal record in the 400m dash, showing he has developed his strength which should transfer over to fast times this outdoor season. Vaughns has been a menace in the 100m dash throughout his tenure as a Bulldog, and as one of the quickest sprinters in the Ivy League, he will be exciting to follow this spring.
Juma Sei will toe the line at 1:13 p.m., for the 400m dash, following an impressive first indoor season. He will likely focus on the 400m distance this outdoor season. Nick Dahl, Will Laird and Allen Siegler are slated to compete in the 1500m run, with Laird's section set to start at 3:50 p.m., while Dahl and Siegler will be in the 6:06 p.m., section. Dahl is coming off a break-out indoor season in which he ran 4:05.10 in the mile – he should be geared for a successful spring. Siegler also had an impressive winter, setting a new personal record of 4:06.25 in the mile.
Cade Brown and Brendan Murray will close out the day on Friday for the Bulldogs at 10:10 p.m., under the lights, with the 10,000m run. This will be their first 10,000m on a track, but Brown has experience in this distance from the 2018 cross country season.
Patrick Perry will start off the day for the Bulldogs on Saturday with the continuation of the 10,000m run at 9:30 a.m. Perry had a successful indoor season, setting new personal records in both the 3,000m and the 5,000m; he should be poised for a solid outdoor season. The final Bulldogs on the track this weekend will be Ayhan and Vaughns in the 200m dash at 4:10 p.m., on Saturday. Both will have already raced the 100m on Friday, so this weekend will serve as valuable practice in running multiple days in a row.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity