Elis Win Four Events at Day Two of Giegengack Invite
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—On Saturday, the Yale men’s track and field team competed at Coxe Cage for the last time of the 2015-2016 season at the Giegengack Invitational. For the second meet in a row, the most exciting moment of the day came in the pole vault. On Saturday, freshman Austin Laut continued a stellar freshman season with a win and a new personal best in this event. More importantly, Laut’s mark of 5.10m (16″ 8.75″) earns him the Yale freshman record, as well as the fourth spot on Yale’s All-Time Indoor List for the pole vault. Laut toppled the previous freshman record by almost a foot, which was set by Eric Depalo ’10 in 2007.
Just after the pole vault concluded, the Elis put on another strong performance in the 3,000-meter run. Senior Duncan Tomlin, as well as juniors James Randon and Andre Ivankovic controlled the race from the start, quickly working together to establish a 100-meter lead. Randon and Ivankovic opened a larger lead in the last quarter of the race, with Randon extending his lead even further in the final two laps. Less than 24 hours after running a leg of the winning distance medley relay team on Friday night, Randon won the 3,000-meter with a time of 8:07.78. This marks a slight personal best of 0.06 seconds for the junior. Ivankovic placed second with a time of 8:09.68, marking a major personal best of more than 17 seconds. Furthermore, this earns Ivankovic the eighth spot on the all-time list for this event. Completing a sweep of the top three places, Tomlin placed third (8:22.12). Sophomore Ryan Brady also competed, but ended up having to run alone for the majority of the race. Nonetheless, he managed to finish in 8:35.78, earning a personal best of more than eight seconds, as well as fifth place in the race.
Senior John Mahoney and sophomore Schan Lartigue led the Bulldogs in the 800-meter run. Both managed to run a strong final 200 meters, securing third and fourth place, respectively. Mahoney finished with a personal-best time of 1:55.63, while Lartigue also set a sizeable personal record of 1:56.13. Seniors Tim Cox and Alexander McDonald also ran well and started strong, but were unable to keep up with Mahoney and Lartigue in the second half of the race. Cox finished eighth (1:58.50), while McDonald placed 10th (1:59.53).
Sophomore Paedyn Gomes won the 60-meter hurdles by a 0.4-second margin. He ran 8.16 in the preliminaries, followed by 8.21 in the finals.
The Elis also earned the top two places in the shot put. Junior Luke Persichetti won the event, with a mark of 15.02m, while sophomore Jake Hoops took second (14.49m).
Freshman Jimmy Shih was the only Yale jumper to compete on Saturday. He competed in the triple jump, earning a mark of 13.18m and placing third. Similarly, freshman Trevor Reinhart was the only Bulldog to race the mile run. He placed sixth with a time of 4:15.45.
Juniors Max Archuleta and Austin Puleo were the Elis’ only competitors in the 60-meter dash and 500-meter dash, respectively. Archuleta placed 13th in the prelims (7.29), while Puleo placed 17th with a time of 1:10.27.
In the final event of the day, the 4×400-meter run, the Bulldogs placed fourth overall (3:23.46).