NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's track and field team competed at three different meets across the country Saturday: the War Eagle Invitational hosted by Auburn, the Virginia Challenge hosted by Virginia and the Mark Young Invitational held at the Dewitt Cuyler Athletic Complex in New Haven. Across the board, the Bulldogs made major advancements at these meets – season bests were improved, competitive efforts were present and victories were had. Individual recaps and results for each meet are listed below.
War Eagle Invitational
Of all the results coming from Alabama, the highlights are from the Bulldogs' finishes in the relay events. The 4x400m relay team of Ekrem Ayhan, Connor Hill, Kyle Macauley and Juma Sei ran a new season best time of 3:12.38, which moves them up to second in the Ivy League. The 4x100m relay team of Ayhan, Macauley, Sei and Vincent Vaughns improved on their season best with a blazing 40.82, now only 0.02 seconds off the top Ivy time this year and now ranked third on Yale's all-time list.
CJ McCord also had a successful day, placing ninth in the high jump with a new 2019 best mark of 2.05m (6' 8.75"). In the 400m dash, Sei won his heat, and placed fourth overall, with a time of 47.81. Ayhan was not far behind with his time of 48.31, while Hill set a new season best of 49.00 to win his heat.
Vaughns placed 18th in the 200m dash, with a time of 21.76, just ahead of Young in 22.11. Young also competed in the 100m dash, in which he ran a time of 10.97. Coming off the performance of his career, setting a school record at Harvard-Yale, Austin Laut jumped to 4.90m (16' 0.75") in the pole vault.
In Virginia, the middle-distance crew had the opportunity to show their stuff against stiff competition. Cameron Wyman ran 1:54.1 in the 800m run, good enough for 29th place. Allen Siegler, Nick Dahl and Will Laird all competed in the 1500m run, finishing in that order. Siegler ran an impressive 3:47.64, which earned him second in his heat and eighth overall, against a tough field. Dahl ran a time of 3:55.59, while Laird finished with a 3:57.12.
Mark Young Invitational
Back in New Haven, the Bulldogs tallied seven victories at the Mark Young Invitational, along with a handful of new season bests. Phil Zuccaro took the win in the 200m dash with a time of 22.35, followed by Fergal Burnett Small in 23.63. In the 800m run, Kohl Swift was the top Bulldog in third, running 1:57.35, followed by Austin Stoner in fourth with a new season best of 1:57.74.
In the 400m hurdles, Jackson Chapman not only ran away with the victory, but also set a new personal record of 55.61. Zach Capello was also victorious, taking the 1500m run with a new season best time of 4:17.64. The 4x400m relay squad of Chris Colbert, Burnett, Chapman and Zuccaro won the event with a time of 3:25.33.
The Bulldogs in the field events were dominant, winning three of the five events they competed in. Spencer O'Neill was victorious in the high jump, with his mark of 1.90m. Jimmy Shih took the win in the triple jump with a 14.19m jump. Andrew Rochon set a new season best in the shot put of 14.55m, en route to victory. Rochon also placed fourth in the hammer throw, in which Jack Dunn placed third with a throw of 49.90m. Cody Clements rounded out the field events, placing fifth in the long jump with a mark of 5.79m.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity