NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's track and field team has elected sprinter Kyle Macauley as its captain for the next year. A distinguished leader on the team, with multiple Ivy League medals and a school record to his name, Macauley will aim to lead from the front and inspire his teammates to fulfill their potential.
The Californian has been a stand-out member of the team from the day he arrived, living up to the expectations that were placed upon him given his high-school bests of 10.69s, 21.92s and 49.27s in the 100m, 200m,and 400m dash respectively – not to mention the small detail that his father played football for Yale. In his first year as a Bulldog, Macauley won the 60m dash at the Yale-Dartmouth-Columbia meet; finished sixth in the Ivy League 100m dash; and was part of the school record-setting 4x100m relay that finished second in the Ivy League Championships.
In fact, it has always been in the relays that Macauley has truly shined for the Bulldogs, representing the clear, innate leadership ability that was key in his election. As a sophomore, his 4x100m team finished third in the Ivy League and this year he led them to second once again. That is not to say, of course, that he did not also continue to be a key figure in the individual events: he scored in the 60m dash at the Ivy League Championships as a sophomore.
Macauley says that he is "honored and excited" to be elected captain, and what "means a lot to me is to be elected by a group of guys who I consider to be my closest friends and that motivates me to help our program reach the next level."
David Shoehalter, Yale's Mark T. Young '68 Director of Track and Field and Cross Country, said "I am very excited for Kyle and the 2020 men's track and field team. Kyle is among the hardest workers on our team and he serves as an example to our entire roster. He wants to know what's expected of him and gets down to hard work to accomplish his goals. I look forward to working with Kyle and the entire senior class of 2020 as we set forth toward next year."
So what goals does Macauley have? He points out that "we have an incredible amount of talent returning and an evolving culture that is centered around hard work, dedication and ultimately, winning." He believes the team has "all of the tools and personnel" to build upon that foundation: "at this time next year we will be reflecting on a year filled with both team success at league meets as well as great individual performances. I expect members of our team to be competing at regionals and possibly preparing for the national meet."
Macauley's first task, however, will be leading the team when they head to Great Britain to compete in the Harvard-Yale-Oxford-Cambridge meet. He will hope to set the tone for a year of success in which the league really will "watch out for the Bulldogs".
Report by Harrison Smith '22, Yale Sports Publicity