NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's track and field team has one meet of the regular season, before the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships May 4-5. This meet will take place at home Sunday, as the Bulldogs will be hosting the Yale Springtime Invitational at the Dewitt Cuyler Athletic Complex. This meet will serve as a tune-up for those set to compete at the Heptagonal Championships, as well as a culmination of the 2019 season for those not.
The action on the track will get underway at 11:30 a.m., with the 3,000m steeplechase, though no Bulldogs are entered in the event. The 4x100m relay will be the first track event to feature the Bulldogs, set to start at 12:10 p.m., with a team of Chris Colbert, Connor Hill, Alex Young and Phil Zuccaro. Following them will be Zach Capello in the 1500m run, set to go off at 12:40 p.m. Fergal Burnett Small will be the sole Bulldog in the 400m dash at 1:30 p.m.
At 2:00 p.m., Young and Zuccaro will toe the line for the 100m dash. Zuccaro is currently ranked 11th in the Ivy League in this event. At 2:40 p.m., James Lewis, Austin Stoner, Kohl Swift and Alex Whittaker will race in the 800m run, as they gear up for Ivy Heps next weekend. Jackson Chapman will compete in the 400m hurdles at 3:10 p.m., coming off the best performance of his career at the Mark Young Invitational. His season best time of 55.61 currently ranks him 15th in the Ivy League. Colbert will return to the track at 3:30 p.m., for the 200m dash. Closing out the day in the running events will be Evan Pattinelli in the 5,000m run, as he chases a new season best.
The field events will get started at 10:00 a.m., with Andrew Rochon in the discus, as well as Darius Jing and Jimmy Shih in the long jump. The hammer throw is set to follow the discus, and will feature Jack Dunn as well as Rochon, who are ranked 12th and 13th, respectively, in the Ivy League. Shih will return to action in the triple jump, which will follow completion of the long jump. The shot put will be at 11:30 a.m., in which Rochon will be competing – he is currently ranked 16th in the league.
The vertical jumps will feature CJ McCord and Spencer O'Neill in the high jump, and Austin Laut in the pole vault. The high jump will begin at 11:00 a.m., while the pole vault will begin following completion of the women's competition (which starts at 11:00 a.m.). McCord is currently ranked third in the Ivy League in the high jump, while Laut is the second-ranked Ivy Leaguer in the pole vault.
A recap will be posted following the conclusion of competition Sunday evening.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity