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Elis Head to New England Championships

Tim Cox. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Tim Cox. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs to Race in Boston on Saturday

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The Yale men's cross country team heads to Boston on Saturday for the New England Championships. Because this meet has historically fallen in the middle of the team's racing season, it provides opportunities to measure progress and allows athletes to race who may not have run at the more competitive Notre Dame Invite last weekend. The meet also attracts a variety of teams from the Northeast, including many of the Bulldogs' Ivy League competitors.

With many of the athletes who raced at Notre Dame potentially training through this weekend instead of competing, possible runners for the Elis on Saturday include a variety of athletes of varying years of experience on the team. On opposite ends of the spectrum are freshman Austin Stoner and senior Tim Cox. Both have raced twice, but not since Harvard/Yale/Princeton in mid-September. These two athletes both ran personal bests and finished near each other at HYP and could potentially continue that momentum this weekend.

The Bulldogs could also race more of the freshmen this weekend. James Lewis raced at Fordham, but has not competed since, while Jonathan Lomogda and Peter Ryan still have yet to compete. This weekend's race could be a good opportunity for these athletes to run in a large collegiate meet and gain experience on a course that the team frequently runs.

Numerous juniors could also be featured this weekend, such as Scott Meehan and Michael Yuan, who have both raced twice already this season and set major personal bests at Fordham.

Furthermore, we might see the season debut of some of the upperclassmen who have not yet raced this season, especially with many of their teammates who raced at Notre Dame possibly sitting this race out. This list includes senior Ryan Douglas, juniors such as Casey Celestin, Thomas Gmür, Schan Lartigue or Cameron Stanish, and sophomores Trevor Reinhart or Pascal Ungersboeck.

The race will take place at Boston's Franklin Park on Saturday. Full results and a recap will be posted following the race.

Report by Joseph Battles '18, Yale Sports Publicity