Men whack Harvard, but w. track falls to Crimson

At the Yale-Harvard dual this weekend, both Crimson and navy blood was shed.

The Eli men pierced the Crimson in the dual-style meet with a 112-50 victory in New Haven on Saturday, but the Bulldog women fell to Harvard with a score of 96-65.

Victor Cheng ’08 sprints against Harvard on Saturday. Cheng qualified for the NCAA East-Regional with a 100-meter personal best of 10.49 seconds.
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Victor Cheng ’08 sprints against Harvard on Saturday. Cheng qualified for the NCAA East-Regional with a 100-meter personal best of 10.49 seconds.

The meet marked the first Ivy League match-up of the outdoor season and the last conference meet before the Ancient Eight faces off at the Heptagonal Championships on May 10-11 at Yale.

On the men’s side, the Bulldogs reigned supreme at their home track from the first event to the last, winning 14 of the 19 events and sweeping the top three spots in four events.

The Elis swept the 100-meter dash, with Victor Cheng ’08, Brandon Giles ’09 and Reynolds Holmes ’10 in first through third places, respectively. All three sprinters achieved personal bests, but Cheng’s PR of 10.49 seconds qualifies him to compete at the NCAA East Regional Championships at the end of next month.

Last week, Jared Bell ’09 and Jake Gallagher ’09 were the first Bulldogs to qualify for the meet.

In addition to Cheng setting a personal record, his time is good enough to set a new Yale record — but not good enough to be inked into the record books. The wind index regulation for records to count is 2.0, so Saturday’s index of 2.7 prevents Cheng’s time from appearing on the all-time list.

The problem of a high wind index also affected Cheng last week at Bucknell, as his 10.59 second performance also beat the Yale record but surpassed wind regulations.

Captain Dan O’Brien ’08 said he feels confident Cheng’s time is coming.

“The way he’s been running, I’m sure he’s going to break the record eventually,” he said. “10.49 is such a fast time.”

Giles currently holds the record for the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.61 seconds, and Cheng is 10th on the list with 10.72.

Although the wind factor was beyond his control, Cheng took control in earning another top spot in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.66 seconds. Giles earned another second-place finish, and Marty Evans ’11 added points to the Yale total by coming in third place. The Bulldogs claimed the top six spots in this event.

Despite the Bulldogs’ domination over Harvard, Evans said the team never underestimated their opponent.

“We never take our competition lightly,” he said. “Even in the events where Harvard didn’t have anyone running, we tried to compete at our best.”

The third sweep came in the 800-meter run with Chris Labosky ’10 earning first place with a season-best and IC4A qualifying time of 1:51.48. Matt Bordoni ’08 and Tadhg O’Callaghan ’08 came in second and third places, respectively.

The triple jump finishes provided the Bulldogs with their final sweep for the day. Eric DePalo ‘10 led the pack, after already winning the pole vault event, to finish in first, followed by Stephen Paquin ‘11 in second and Holmes in third.

The Eli women may not have enjoyed the same domination over their opponent as the men, but they still earned top finishes in several events.

The freshmen contribution was a significant factor for the Bulldogs on Saturday.

“We are really lucky to have such a big class of freshmen,” said Meredith Leenhouts ’08, who placed second in the 800-meter run. “Not only are they talented, but there are a lot of them. They really bring a lot of spirit to the team too.”

Sweeping the discus throw, Lydia Maurer ’11, Stephanie Scaramella ’11 and Rachel Kuschner ’11 earned the top three spots, respectively.

Scaramella proved to be the biggest threat to the Crimson as Yale’s top point contributor, securing 11 of Yale’s 65 points. In addition to her second-place finish in the discus throw, she earned second place in the hammer throw and first in the shot put.

Emily Standish ’11 and Eve King ’11 secured first and second places, respectively, with their performances in the triple jump.

Kate Grace ’11, last week’s standout performer by qualifying for the NCAA Regional Championship, earned another first-place finish this weekend with her time of 4:32.29 in the 1,500-meter run.

Both Bulldogs teams face a packed schedule of competition this upcoming weekend, with the Penn Relays on April 24 and the Yale Springtime Invitational on April 27. Leenhouts said only a select number of athletes will compete at the Relays, and those that do not travel to Philadelphia will instead compete at the Invitational, with a few athletes competing at both.

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