PRINCETON, N.J. – The Yale men's track and field team completed its first day of competition earlier at the 2019 Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Championships, hosted by Princeton. The Bulldogs qualified five athletes across four events from Saturday's preliminaries to Sunday's finals, and had some solid performances in the finals that were contested Saturday. Relevant links for Sunday's action can be found below, along with a list of Sunday's qualifiers.
Day 2 Qualifiers:
Ekrem Ayhan – 200m dash, 400m dash
Nick Dahl – 1500m run
Juma Sei – 400m dash
Allen Siegler – 1500m run
Vincent Vaughns – 100m dash
The 1500m run was the first on the track to feature any Bulldogs, but Nick Dahl and Allen Siegler took care of business, punching their tickets to Sunday's final. Siegler was first on the track, patiently waiting to make his move, which he did over the final lap to win his heat in a commanding fashion. Dahl took a different approach, running from the front of his heat to ensure an honest pace, which successfully earned him the fourth seed going into the finals. Will Laird was just outside of qualifying in the 1500m run, placing sixth in his heat with a new season best time of 3:54.48.
Juma Sei and Ekrem Ayhan wanted to prove to the rest of the Ivy League that the Bulldogs are a force to be reckoned with in the 400m dash. Sei casually took the victory in his heat without breaking a sweat, gapping the rest of the field over the final stretch. Ayhan did what he needed to do, knowing he still had to conserve energy for the open 200m dash, placing second in his heat and earning a spot in Sunday's final. Connor Hill, Chris Colbert and Fergal Burnett Small also competed in the 400m dash placing 10th, 12th and 18th, respectively.
Vincent Vaughns only entered in the 100m dash this year, as to focus all his energy on the single event. It was a good call from Vaughns, as he looked smooth placing second in his heat and qualifying for the finals – his sights will be on making the podium Sunday. Phil Zuccaro, Kyle Macauley and Alex Young joined Vaughns in the 100m dash, placing 15th, 16th and 17th, respectively.
Ayhan, having already qualified in the 400m dash, returned to the track for the 200m dash, placing second in his heat and qualifying for his second final of the meet. It is also worth to note that he set a new personal record of 21.48 en route to his qualification. Zuccaro, Young and Alex McIntyre raced alongside Ayhan in the 200m dash, placing 12th, 15th and 16th, respectively.
In the 800m run, Cameron Wyman took on one of the most competitive events in the Ivy League, placing fourth in his heat and 14th overall. Jackson Chapman placed 13th in the 400m hurdles with a new personal record of 54.81, capping an impressive season. Under the lights of Weaver Stadium, Cade Brown and Patrick Perry competed in the longest event on the track, the 10,000m run. Brown crossed the line in 13th, while Perry placed 20th.
Andrew Rochon and Jack Dunn competed in the hammer throw, placing 10th and 12th, respectively – Rochon will return Sunday in the shot put. Darius Jing and Jimmy Shih placed 12th and 15th, respectively, in the long jump – Shih will return Sunday for the triple jump.
Along with the qualifiers listed above, Sunday's action will feature the remaining field events, the 3,000m steeplechase, the 5,000m run and all three relay events.
A recap will be posted following the conclusion of the meet.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity