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Four Bulldogs Awarded All-Ivy Honors

Ekrem Ayhan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Ekrem Ayhan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Following the conclusion of the 2019 Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Championships last weekend, the Ivy League has announced the first and second-team All-Ivy League lists. The athletes who were victorious in their events have been named first-team All-Ivy, whereas those who finished runner-up have earned second-team All-Ivy. As there are 22 events scored at Ivy Heps, there are only 44 opportunities to earn All-Ivy honors, distributed among the hundreds of athletes who compete at the championships. This year, four Bulldogs earned the distinction of second-team All-Ivy, after finishing runners-up in their respective events.

Juma Sei entered the Ivy League ring this year as a First-Year Bulldog with something to prove. In high school, Sei was a 13-time state champion in Oregon with a personal record in the 400m dash that could place in the Ivy League. So, while he had no collegiate experience, he had already made a name for himself during his high school days, and wanted the opportunity to challenge himself on a larger stage. He got that opportunity last weekend at the Ivy Heps Championships, racing like a veteran from the gun and charging over the home straight for a runner-up finish in the 400m dash. He consistently showed he was the top First-Year in the league throughout the season, and will be regarded as a threat for his remaining three years as a Bulldog. With his runner-up finish comes second-team All-Ivy honors for the young Bulldog. 

The 4x100m relay team went into this weekend's championship ranked second in the Ivy League and did what they had to do, holding off the team from Princeton for second place. With that finish comes second-team All-Ivy honors for each member of the team, including Sei, Ekrem Ayhan, Kyle Macauley and Vincent Vaughns. All of these athletes had successful individual meets, including a fourth-place finish in the 400m dash and a fifth-place finish in the 200m dash by Ayhan, and Sei's aforementioned All-Ivy performance in the 400m dash. However, when these athletes teamed up for the 4x100m relay, they became a force to be reckoned with and nearly stole the title from Cornell.

Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity