The men’s and women’s track teams struggled to post points during the weekend’s Heptagonal Championships in Hanover, N.H.
The Bulldog men earned a score of 28 to finish last among the eight competing teams, while the Yale women racked up 16 points to tie host-squad Dartmouth for seventh place.
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The Princeton Tigers captured first place overall with a total of 181 points on the men’s side.
“On the whole, the meet was a pretty dismal showing for Yale track and field,” distance runner Chris Labosky ’10 said. “Given the small size of our squad, there are some events we just don’t have enough coverage in, and this weekend we failed to score in some key events, costing us big.”
Still, numerous athletes had standout performances in the meet, and the Elis qualified in four events for the IC4A Championships, which will be held in Boston between March 6 and 7.
Eric DePalo ’10 led the team in Saturday’s field events, taking fourth in the pole vault with a 16-foot-.75-inch leap — a mark that qualified him for the IC4As. Thrower Mike Levine ’13 gave another strong showing the next day, achieving a personal best of 17.98 meters in the weight throw to take fifth and also qualify for the IC4As.
On the track, Yale’s star 1,000-meter runner Labosky won his signature event with a season best of 2:25.50 — unseating defending champion Jeff Moriarty of Columbia in the process.
“The feeling of winning [Heptagonals] is nearly indescribable,” Labosky said. “I knew going into the race that Moriarty would be the one to beat. Moriarty moved at the bell lap but he couldn’t hold it all the way around. I passed him with just less than half a lap to go.”
Labosky returned later in the day to join teammates Kevin Brown ’10, Chris Stanley ’11 and Chris Ramsey ’13 for the distance medley relay. The group finished third in 9:55.44 to break 10 minutes for the first time this season.
The 4 x 800 relay team of Max Brown ’10, Jake McKenzie ’12, Andrew Esposito ’12 and Timothy Hillas ’13 also posted a personal best (7:49.67) and earned an IC4A qualifier.
Like the men’s team, the Bulldog women also had a tough time stringing together points at the championships.
“We were disappointed about the final results of the meet — that is not the way any team wants to end a season,” distance runner Alexandra Cadicamo ’10 said. “We had the potential to do better and it didn’t happen this weekend. But now we’ve all just got to go back to the drawing board and figure out what we’re going to do to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
Eve King ’11 opened the Elis’ scoring on Saturday with a fifth-place finish in the pentathlon — good for two points. King totaled 3,184 points across the five events. She remained in 10th place after the first four events, but her best performance came in the 800-meter race when she clocked 2:27.21 to take fourth and jump to fifth in the final standings.
“By the time I lined up for the 800, it was the end of the meet on Saturday, so I had seen everyone just miss out on finals or placing and I knew how important it was for me to put up points for our team score,” King said. “The race went out way too fast, and honestly I would have totally died the last lap except that the whole team was spread around the track yelling like maniacs.”
The 800-meters proved to be Yale’s shining moment again on Sunday.
Middle-distance runner Kate Grace ’11 won the 800 for the second year running with a season best of 2:07.77 — beating her previous season best by three seconds.
“Undoubtedly one of the most exciting races for the entire team was cheering on junior Kate Grace as she defended her title as the Ivy League 800-meter champion,” captain Faith Briggs ’10 said. “She battled with a very tough field and really gave her all.”
Grace also contributed to Yale’s fourth-place finish in the 4 x 800-meter relay, anchoring the team of Stephany Reaves ’10, Claudia Duncan ’11 and Annalies Gamble ’13 to a 9:01.33 mark.
Princeton also won the women’s competition with 125 points.