Bulldogs Look for Strong Showing Against Teams from Across Country
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The Yale men's cross country team heads to South Bend, Ind., on Friday to compete at the Notre Dame Invitational. This meet attracts athletes from across the country, including seven teams currently ranked in the USTFCCCA's Top-30 Division I Poll. The Bulldogs will only be able to enter nine athletes in the main race, so this meet will likely highlight the top runners on the team and provide insights into who will make the team's top seven when the championship season begins in about a month.
Senior James Randon will likely lead for the Elis. After an extraordinary track season, he won the Harvard/Yale/Princeton Cross Country Meet less than two weeks ago. Should he race, this meet will provide Randon with an opportunity to compete against the caliber of athlete that he will need to beat later in the season in order to qualify to the NCAA Championships.
Junior Hale Ross has stepped up significantly this season, finishing second overall and first for the team at the Fordham Fiasco and third for the team at HYP. This meet could provide Ross with an opportunity to improve his personal best, which he has already cut by more than 30 seconds this season.
Seniors Andre Ivankovic and Spike Sievert are also possible competitors for the Elis on Friday. Both raced in the team's top four at the Fordham Fiasco, and Ivankovic finished second on the team and sixth overall at HYP.
Freshmen Armstrong Noonan and Allen Siegler are the likeliest underclassmen to run. The two athletes traded places between the Fordham meet and HYP, with Noonan beating Siegler at Fordham, and Siegler finishing just ahead of Noonan at HYP. Both have also finished inside the team's top six at both races so far this season.
There are many other athletes that have started the season well and who could round out the team of nine for Friday. Junior Matt Chisholm is one such athlete; he set a personal best of more than a minute at Fordham, finishing seventh on the team. Freshmen James Lewis and Austin Stoner are two more possibilities. While they have limited collegiate racing experience, both have run some impressive times to open their Yale careers. Finally, there are even a couple of possible athletes for Friday who have not competed yet in this season, such as sophomores Trevor Reinhart and Pascal Ungersboeck, both of whom have run fast times in previous track or cross country seasons.
The Bulldogs will race at 2:45 p.m. on Friday at the Notre Dame Golf Course in South Bend, Ind.
Report by Joseph Battles '18, Yale Sports Publicity