After finishing 5th two years in a row, the Yale Men will look to see if they can break into the top half of the field at this year’s HepsXC. They return their top 4 finishers from that meet and 10 of the 12 that competed. With a more seasoned squad, as well as a strong 1-2 punch up front, the Bulldogs could be ready to make some waves come Friday.
The Bulldogs have been led so far this season by two experienced upperclassmen. In the team’s first two contests, senior Kevin Dooney, who finished 5th at last year’s HepsXC, took top honors. Dooney took 3rd at HYP and 4th at Panorama Farms before finishing a strong 54th at the Pre-National meet as the team’s #2 runner. Leading the way out in Louisville was junior James Randon, who nabbed an impressive 38th finish in the competitive field. After getting a bit of a slower start in the season opener back in September, Randon seems to be rounding into form at exact the right time.
Also running well this season is sophomore Cameron Stanish. He was the Bulldog’s third man last year at the HepsXC with a 30th place finish and has been an integral part of their scoring five so far this year. Not far behind has been senior Duncan Tomlin, who has held down the #4 position all season. He was also the #4 man last year at HepsXC with his 32nd place finish. And, in his HepsXC debut, newcomer Pascal Ungersboeck will look to continue a strong freshman campaign and contribute to the Bulldogs scoring efforts. Closing out the Top 7 are another Heps-first-timer, Adam Houston, and returner junior Andre Ivankovic.
– Rachel Sorna
photo by Brian Panoff