Making Friends of Rivals


Back in the winter, Yale freshman James Shirvell advanced to the Indoor Heps final of the 1,000-meter run at The Armory. In that championship, Shirvell produced one of the greatest 1k runs in Heps’ history, finishing in 2:23.85 — the fastest time in the nation by a first-year in 2011. It was the fastest time ever recorded by a Yale freshman.

But the effort was good for just second as Princeton’s Peter Callahan capped a spectacular indoor season by breaking the 24-year-old meet record in 2:22.94.

Larry Kelly of the Groton Patch caught up with Shirvell after he returned home from the U.K. as a member of the Harvard-Yale team and before he began an internship studying malaria.

Of the trip, Shirvell remembered the awkwardness of the early going, which paved the way to the HY unity in no time. “It was a little weird hanging out with Harvard people, who are supposed to be our respectful competitors,” he said. “It didn’t take long to realize how much similarities we have.”

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