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Since its founding in 1701, Yale has been dedicated to expanding and sharing knowledge, inspiring innovation, and preserving cultural and scientiďŹ c information for future generations. Yale’s reach is both local and international. It partners with its hometown of New Haven, Connecticut to strengthen the city’s community and economy. And it engages with people and institutions across the globe in the quest to promote cultural understanding, improve the human condition, delve more deeply into the secrets of the universe, and train the next generation of world leaders.


Peter Salovey is the 23rd president of Yale University, and the Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology. His presidential term began in July 2013. Prior to becoming president, Salovey served as the provost of Yale University from 2008 to 2013. As provost, Salovey facilitated strategic planning and initiatives such as: enhancing career development and mentoring opportunities for all Yale faculty members; promoting faculty diversity; creating the Office of Academic Integrity; establishing the University-wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct; developing the West Campus; and overseeing the University’s budget during the global financial crisis. Other leadership roles at Yale have included: chair of the Department of Psychology from 2000 to 2003; dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 2003 and 2004; and dean of Yale College from 2004 to 2008. In addition to teaching and mentoring scores of graduate students, Salovey has won both the William Clyde DeVane Medal for Distinguished Scholarship and Teaching in Yale College and the Lex Hixon ’63 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Pretoria (2009), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2014), National Tsing Hua University (2014), and Harvard University (2015).

















Yale’s residential college system, now more than 70 years old, is perhaps the most distinctive feature of the College. The residential colleges allow students to experience the cohesiveness and intimacy of a small school while still enjoying the cultural and scholarly resources of a large university; the residential colleges do much to foster spirit, allegiance, and a sense of community at Yale. Before freshman year, all incoming undergraduates are assigned to one of Yale’s twelve residential colleges. Students remain affiliated with their residential college for all 4 years (and beyond). Yale makes every effort to represent the diversity of the entire undergraduate community within every residential college. In this sense each college is a microcosm of the larger student population. The residential college system offers students a familiar, comfortable living environment, personal interaction with faculty members and administrators, and exciting opportunities for academic and extracurricular exploration.













The mission of Yale varsity athletics is to attract outstanding student athletes, who aspire to undertake the challenge of a high-level education while proudly representing Yale University in the pursuit of championships. Through exceptional facilities and coaches, Yale Athletics ensures that our students learn the important values of leadership, integrity, discipline and teamwork. The aspiration is that in the course of preparation and competition, students enter a co-curricular laboratory for learning that will ďŹ t them to lead in all of their future endeavors.

Since his arrival in 1994, Director of Athletics Tom Beckett has built top-notch facilities, bridged the relationship between Yale and New Haven, helped fill stadium seats and has brought some of the best coaches and student-athletes to campus. As Yale’s 17th chief of athletics, Beckett has worked tirelessly to raise money for improvement projects, and his success has made the athletics facilities among the best in the country. The renovation of the Payne Whitney Gymnasium (Lanman Center, Israel Fitness Center, Brooks-Dwyer Weight Room, Brady Squash Center) was the first big job under the YUAD leader. The restoration of Yale Bowl (Class of 1954 Field, Kenney Center, Jensen Plaza) and Reese Stadium and the building of the McNay Family Sailing Center, Gilder Boathouse, Johnson Field and the Dewitt Family Softball Complex were other large projects during Beckett’s tenure. Renovations on the world famous Course at Yale, Ingalls Rink and the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center has brought those facilities to unprecedented levels. The installation of a banked track inside Coxe Cage named after Frank Shorter ’69 was yet another successful endeavor. A 1968 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Beckett earned three varsity letters in baseball and basketball, serving as the captain of the Panthers’ 1968 baseball team. He earned a master’s degree in education from his alma mater in 1972 and is a 1975 graduate of Harvard’s Summer Institute of Life Science. Beckett played professional baseball in the San Francisco Giants’ organization for five seasons before embarking on a career in college athletics. He coached at the University of Pittsburgh and Butler Community College (PA), and was an athletic administrator at San Jose State University before moving to Stanford, where he served from 1983 to 1994 as associate director of athletics. During his tenure at Stanford, Cardinal teams won 32 NCAA championships, and the program received seven NCAA “Champion of Champions” awards.




Founded in 1954, the Ivy League is the most diverse intercollegiate conference in the country with more than 9,000 student-athletes competing each year. Sponsoring conference championships in 33 men’s and women’s sports and averaging more than 35 varsity teams at each school, the Ivy League provides more intercollegiate athletic opportunities per school than any other conference in the country. All eight Ivy schools are among the top 20 of NCAA Division I schools in number of sports offered for both men and women. The Ivy League annually finishes among the top conferences in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics competitive rankings and enjoys regular competitive success at the highest championship levels of collegiate athletics, including team and individual national championships in women’s cross country, men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, men’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s rowing, men’s and women’s squash, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track & field and wrestling. Ivy League student-athletes annually compile the country’s best marks in the NCAA’s Academic Performance Ratings and Graduation Success Rates under the Ivy League model of athletics as a key part of their overall undergraduate experience. Ivy student-athletes grow from their athletics experiences to become national and community leaders across the spectrum of 21st century life in business and technology, law and government, medicine and research, and


When Princeton used to have a real tiger cub and Harvard always brought along, the “Orange Man” as a stand-in for Puritan John Harvard, Yale undergraduates thought they were due for a mascot and finally one came to Yale in 1889 in the custody of Andrew B. Graves, ‘92S (crew and football tackle) who, as an undergraduate, had seen the dog sitting in front of a shop and purchased him from a New Haven blacksmith for $5.00. The students dubbed him the “Yale mascot”. He was always led across the field just before football and baseball games would begin. “In personal appearance, he seemed like a cross between an alligator and a horned frog, and he was called handsome by the metaphysicians under the law of compensation,” eulogized the Hartford Courant. “The title came to him, he never sought it. He was always taken to games on a leash, and the Harvard football team for years owed its continued existence to the fact that the rope held.” The Philadelphia Press recalled that “a favorite trick was to tell him to ‘Speak to Harvard.’ He would bark ferociously and work himself into physical contortions of rage never before dreamed of by a dog. Dan was peculiar to himself in one thing - he would never associate with anyone but students. Dan implanted himself more firmly in the hearts of Yale students than any mascot had ever done before.” The tradition was established by a young gentleman from Victorian England, who attended Yale in the 1890’s. The line now numbers 17, and the original successors have been the intimates of deans, directors, and coaches. One was tended by a head cheerleader who went on to become the Secretary of State. Another was featured on the cover of a national magazine. Yale was the first university in the United States to adopt a mascot, and to this date, none is better known than Handsome Dan.


As of July 1, 2016, Yale Athletics and all 35 varsity teams will be outďŹ tted exclusively by Under Armour. Yale signed a ten year agreement with the Baltimore-based apparel and footwear company that makes Yale the ďŹ rst Ivy League institution sponsored by Under Armour.


Yale University has an extremely proud and rich tradition at the modern Olympic Games. Including the 2016 Summer Olympics, there have been over 200 people associated with Yale Athletics be a part of the modern Olympic Games. The exact number stands at 202 and spans all disciplines, associations and numerous represented countries. In all, 83 Yale Bulldogs have won 115 Olympic Medals. Most recently, alumna Kate Grace ‘11 (United States of America - track and field) and current Bulldog Katherine Miller ‘17 (Brazil - fencing) were named to their respective country’s Olympic Games rosters.


UNIVERSITY FACTS Full Name..............................Yale University Founded..................................1701 (As the Collegiate School) Location...........New Haven, CT (pop. 131,000) Enrollment..........................12,312 Nickname.......................Bulldogs Colors....................................Yale Blue, White Hex: #00356B, FFFFFF Mascot....................Handsome Dan (Bulldog) President..................................Peter Salovey Director of Athletics..................Tom Beckett Senior Woman Administrator...Alison Cole Sport Administrator............Brian Tompkins Conference....................................Ivy League TEAM FACTS Director...............................David Shoehalter Alma Mater........................................Penn ‘89 Years at Yale.............6 as Director; 22 Total Head Coaches..........................Amy Gosztyla Paul Harkins Assistant Coaches..................George Evans Matthew McMasters Wilfredo de Jesus Elias Dir. of Operations.........Matthew McMasters Office Phone.............................(203) 432-1406 Office Fax.................................(203) 432-7772 Facilities........................................Coxe Cage Dewitt Cuyler Athletic Complex Payne Whitney Gymnasium THE IVY LEAGUE Executive Director.....................Robin Harris Media Contact......................Scottie Rodgers Address............228 Alexander St. 2nd Floor Princeton, NJ 08540 Phone........................................(609) 258-6426 Website...............

YALEBULLDOGS.COM This is the official Web site of the Yale University Athletics Department. Yale track and field / cross country releases, as well as a wide variety of related cross country and athletics YaleTrackCrossCountry department information can be found on the web, including links to all 35 varsity sports. PRACTICES During the winter, the Bulldogs practice in the afternoon at Coxe Cage. In the spring, when weather permits, the Bulldogs take to the track in the afternoon at Dewitt Cuyler Athletic Complex.



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BULLDOGS SOCIAL MEDIA For all the latest news and notes on Yale track and field and cross country, including live scores, recaps, photo galleries and event information, become a fan of the Bulldogs on Facebook (, Twitter (@YaleTF_XC and Instagram (@YaleTF_XC) HOME MEETS Yale Track and Field and Cross Country hosts numerous track and cross country meets throughout the competition season. These include college team scored meets, invitationals and the Heptagonal Championships. Yale also hosts one of the premiere indoor high school invitationals in the country at Coxe Cage.


The history of Yale Track and Field in the Olympic Games runs deep, with the ďŹ rst Bulldog ever to compete in the Olympics being in athletics. The year was 1900 and since then, athletes associated with Yale Track and Field have represented their respective countries in numerous Summer Olympic Games. The most recent is Kate Grace ‘11. By winning the United State of America Olympic Trials in the 800m, Grace earned her spot on the 2016 Olympic Team that competed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A multi-time All-American while at Yale, Grace still holds school records in several events and won numerous Heptagonal Championships. Post-collegiately, Grace embarked on a professional running career and is currently sponsored by Oiselle.


Junior James Randon posted a 4:00.5 in the outdoor mile in the summer of 2015 and entered the 2016 indoor season with a desire to break the formidible 4:00 barrier. On Sunday March 6, 2016, Randon lined up for the IC4A Mile Championship at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center. Rabbited by teammate Matt Chisholm for the ďŹ rst 600m, Randon ran out front on his own for the last 1000m. Running a perfect race, Randon cross the line in 3:58.85, the ďŹ rst time a Yale Bulldog had ever broken the 4:00 barrier. In addition, he set the school record, won the IC4A Championship and set the IC4A record in the mile.


Junior James Randon qualified to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with an automatic qualifying spot in the NCAA East Preliminary 1500m and qualified through to the 1500m final in Eugene, Oregon. In a final that featured multiple former national champions and AllAmericans, Randon capped his junior campaign with an 8th place finish and All-American Honors.


Junior Frances Schmiede earned a berth in the 2016 Indoor Track Championships in the mile from her perforamce at the Valentine Invitational. At the BU Track and Tennis Center, Schmiede broke the Yale school record - previously held by standout Kate Grace - running a 4:37.77. The National Championship field consisted of 16 of the finest milers in the country and Schmiede finished as a second team All-American at her first NCAA National Championship event.


Junior Marc-Andre Alexandre, a native of Montreal, qualified for the senior men’s 400m Canadian Championships with his time of 46.99 at the Point Loma Nazarene University Invitational. A multi-time Ivy League Champion, Alexandre also qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round in 2016. At the Canadian Championships in Edmonton, Alexandre secured an automatic qualifying spot to the final with his second place finish in his heat in the preliminaries. In the finals, Alexandre finished 6th to close out his incredible junior year campaign.


Senior Kevin Dooney capped off his stellar Yale Bulldogs Cross Country career in the fall of 2015 with a series of races that will cement his legacy as one of the greatest cross country athletes ever to don the Y. Dooney finished second at the Heptagonal Championships and was then named All-Region for his 8th place finish at the Northeast Regional. This finish qualified him, for the third time in as many years, to the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the only three-time individual cross country national qualifier in Yale history.






Freshman Austin Laut, a native of El Dorado Hills, California, earned a trip to the United States 2016 Junior Outdoor Championships after an incredible first year at Yale. Laut broke both the indoor and outdoor Yale freshman records in the pole vault and scored at indoor Heps, indoor and outdoor IC4A and qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round. His PR of 5.11m qualified him to the USA Junior Nationals, where a clearance of 5.10m earned him 7th place overall.


60m Dash

Sydney Cureton

7.57 Heptagonal Championships Yale School Record 200m Dash (I) Connor Hill 21.86 Valentine Invitational Yale Freshman Record 1500m James Randon 3:40.15 Virginia Challenge Yale School Record Frances Schmiede 4:17.37 Virginia Challenge Yale School Record Mile James Randon 3:58.85 IC4A Championships Yale School Record Frances Schmiede 4:37.77 Valentine Invitational 4x400m Relay (I) Marc-Andre Alexandre 3:10.96 IC4A Championships Connor Hill Yale School Record Alex McIntyre Greg Campbell Pole Vault (I) Brendan Sullivan 5.30m IC4A Championships Yale School Record Austin Laut 5.10m Giegengack Invitational Yale Freshman Record Pole Vault (O) Austin Laut 5.11m IC4A Championships Yale Freshman Record


Yale. Harvard. Oxford. Cambridge. The four ďŹ nest academic institutions in the world. The roots of the Transatlantic Series date back to 1894, when Oxford and Yale met at the Queen’s Club in London.. The next year, Cambridge met Yale at Manhattan Field in New York City. The HYOC meet as it is also known today took the four team form in 1899. The Transatlantic Series takes place every two years and alternates between bing hosted in the United Kingdom and the United States. The 2017 edition of the Transatlantic Series will be hosted by Yale at DeWitt Cuyler Field on April 8, 2017.


The NCAA East Preliminary Round is the gateway to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon. The top 48 individuals are accepted into the Preliminary Round with the top 12 advancing to Eugene. In 2015, Yale qualified 7 athletes to the East Preliminary in Jacksonville, Florida. Just one year later, there were 10 Bulldogs across the sprints, hurdles, pole vault, middle distance, distance and steeplechase event groups. There were also multiple athletes who qualified to their respective event’s quarterfinals and one who qualified to Eugene.



CLASS Senior Junior Freshman Sophomore Sophomore Junior Junior Sophomore Senior Junior Senior Sophomore Junior

EVENT GROUP Sprints Distance Sprints Sprints Distance Distance Mid-Distance Jumps Mid-Distance Sprints Mid-Distance Throws Mid-Distance


Junior Sophomore Junior Junior Senior Freshman Senior Junior Junior Sophomore Sophomore Freshman

Hurdles Sprints Throws Distance Distance Jumps Sprints Jumps Mid-Distance Jumps Mid-Distance Mid-Distance

HOMETOWN Montreal, Canada Chapel Hill, NC London, England Granada Hills, CA Donaldsonville, LA Palos Verde, CA Farmington, CT Fayetteville, GA Acton, MA Hempfield, PA Petaluma, CA Westfield, IN Haute-Nendaz, Switzerland Chesterland, OH Skaneateles, NY Minnetonka, MN Seattle, WA Clemson, SC Zagreb, Croatia Brooklyn, NY Blue Bell, PA Suffern, NY El Dorado Hills, CA Mercer Island, WA Staples, CT

RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE Berkeley Silliman Jonathan Edwards Saybroook Branford Jonathan Edwards Trumbull Davenport Ezra Stiles Branford Trumbull Calhoun Berkeley Branford Silliman Davenport Branford Jonathan Edwards Trumbull Jonathan Edwards Timothy Dwight Calhoun Saybrook Berkeley Pierson



CLASS Senior Freshman Freshman Junior Sophomore Sophomore Junior Freshman Freshman Freshman Senior Senior Senior Senior Sophomore Junior Freshman Sophomore Freshman Senior Junior Freshman Sophomore Freshman Junior

EVENT GROUP Hurdles Distance Sprints Jumps Jumps Sprints Distance Sprints Distance Jumps Sprints Throws Sprints Distance Distance Distance Distance Jumps Distance Distance Distance Mid-Distance Distance Sprints Mid-Distance

HOMETOWN RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE Williamston, MI Davenport Virginia Beach, VA Davenport San Jose, CA Berkeley Stockholm, Sweden Trumbull Huntington Beach, CA Morse Davis, CA Ezra Stiles Sparta, NJ Ezra Stiles Shrewsbury, MA Branford Darien, CT Silliman Fredricksburg, VA Calhoun Appleton, WI Trumbull Wyndemoor, PA Calhoun Pinehurst, NC Jonathan Edwards New Canaan, CT Morse San Rafael, CA Jonathan Edwards Washington, D.C. Calhoun Manlius, NY Saybrook Webster, NY Branford San Diego, CA Morse Bellevue, WA Timothy Dwight Seattle, WA Morse Haddonfield, NJ Davenport Brulle, Switzerland Timothy Dwight Sparr, FL Pierson Woodbridge, CT Calhoun



CLASS Freshman Sophomore Senior Sophomore Freshman Junior Senior Junior Freshman Sophomore Freshman Junior Junior Freshman Senior Senior Junior Junior Junior Freshman Senior Sophomore Junior

EVENT GROUP Jumps Mid-Distance Distance Distance Sprints Distance Distance Distance Mid-Distance Sprints/Hurdles Sprints Distance Mid-Distance Multi Mid-Distance Jumps Distance Distance Mid-Distance Jumps Distance Distance Distance

HOMETOWN Tulsa, OK Cardiff, Wales Louisville, CO Chevy Chase, MD Los Angeles, CA Robbinsville, NJ San Francisco, CA Folsom, CA Mamaroneck, NY Honolulu, HI Sacramento, CA Blacksburg, VA Wrightwood, CA Santa Barbara, CA Minocqua, WI Scarsdale, NY Montauk, NY Wilton, CT Ogdensburg, NJ Brookhaven, GA Carrollton, TX Potomac, MD Flanders, NJ

RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE Jonathan Edwards Trumbull Berkeley Saybrook Trumbull Davenport Berkeley Calhoun Berkeley Silliman Berkeley Ezra Stiles Branford Calhoun Davenport Timothy Dwight Berkeley Calhoun Silliman Saybrook Saybrook Calhoun Saybrook



CLASS Sophomore Senior Freshman

EVENT GROUP Sprints/Hurdles Sprints Mid-Distance


Sophomore Sophomore Freshman Freshman Senior Junior Junior Sophomore Senior Sophomore Senior Freshman Senior Sophomore Senior Freshman Sophomore Sophomore Senior Senior Sophomore

Mid-Distance Distance Distance Jumps Distance Mid-Distance Distance Mid-Distance Mid-Distance Throws Mid-Distance Distance Throws Sprints/Hurdles Distance Distance Sprints/Hurdles Sprints/Hurdles Mid-Distance Jumps Distance

HOMETOWN Toronto, Canada Winston-Salem, NC Cambridge, New Zealand Seattle, WA Seattle, WA Phoenix, AZ Cambridge, NY Woodinville, WA Bloomington, IN Corrales, NM Truckee, CA Bronxville, NY Orange County, CA Pymble, Australia Yatesbury, England Woodbridge, CT Kingwood, TX Concord, MA Metuchen, NJ Pittsburgh, PA Flower Mound, TX Hurley, NY Port Orange, FL Suffern, NY

RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE Berkeley Timothy Dwight Silliman Ezra Stiles Jonathan Edwards Branford Silliman Branford Morse Timothy Dwight Timothy Dwight Silliman Timothy Dwight Pierson Jonathan Edwards Branford Calhoun Branford Timothy Dwight Jonathan Edwards Trumbull Morse Ezra Stiles Sillliman






















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Senior James Randon will take the position previously occupied by Kevin Dooney. Randon, an All-Ivy and AllRegion honoree during the 2015 cross country campaign also garnered AllAmerican Honors in the 1500m at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships. During the 2016 indoor season, Randon became the first Yale Bulldog in history to break the 4:00 mile barrior by running 3:58.85 en route to the IC4A Championship and IC4A Record. Heading into his senior season, Randon has already broken the indoor mile and outdoor 1500m Yale records.

Senior Frances Schmiede becomes the captain of the 2017 Yale women’s cross country team, taking over for Yale alumna Shannon McDonnell. Schmiede embarks on her senior campaign after an incredibly successful 2015-2016 cross country and track and field season. During cross country, Schmiede earned All-Ivy and All-Region honors during cross country and broke the indoor mile and outdoor 1500m Yale records. During the 2016 indoor season, Schmiede posted a 4:37.77 at the Valentine Invitational that earned her a berth in the 2016 NCAA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Alabama. Her performance earned her second team AllAmerican honors .


Senior Marc-Andre Alexandre, a native of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, was elected captain of the men’s track and field team, previously held by Brendan Sullivan. Alexandre, a two-time Ivy League Champion in the outdoor 400m dash and three time All-Ivy Honoree, also qualified to the NCAA East Preliminary Round in 2016. In addition to his success in the Ivy League, Alexandre also led off Yale’s school record holding indoor 4x400m relay team. On the international stage, Alexandre qualified to the Canadian Outdoor Championships / Olympic Selection Trials in July of 2016 and finished 6th in the senior 400m championship.

Senior Kate Simon, a Woodbridge, Connecticut native, was elected captain for the 2016-2017 school year, taking over for sprinter Sydney Cureton. Simon was a key contributor for the Bulldogs during the Ivy League scored meets, winning the shot put at the YDC meet and scoring in the weight throw at YDC and HYP. Simon won the weight throw at the Giegengack Invitational and scored in the shot put, hammer throw and javelin at the outdoor Harvard-Yale meet.


David Shoehalter officially took over the Bulldogs’ program as the Mark T. Young ’68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field in 2010-11. Shoehalter, who had helped build the program in his 16 seasons as a coach at Yale before that, succeeded legendary Yale coach Mark Young ’68 in the director’s position. During his tenure at Yale Shoehalter has focused on the sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers on both the men’s and women’s teams. He has coached multiple Bulldog student-athletes to All-Ivy, All-East and All-American honors, including Yale’s first IC4A champion in the hurdles since the 1970s and All-American Jihad Beauchman ’06 in the high jump. Under Shoehalter’s guidance, many Bulldogs have broken records in the sprints, jumps and hurdles. He also coached Joslyn Woodard ’06 to eight consecutive titles and a total of 20 career titles at the Ivy League’s Heptagonal Championships. The Yale program has made dramatic strides in many areas during Shoehalter’s time, including the renovation of Coxe Cage in 2005 that included the dedication of the William Clay Ford ‘48 Track & Field Center and a new banked indoor track named after Frank Shorter ’69, the former Yale cross country captain, NCAA champion, and two-time Olympic medalist. In addition to his contributions as a coach at Yale, Shoehalter has also reached out to the larger track and field community. He is a member of the USTFCCCA Executive Committee. He has been the secretary of the Heptagonal Games Coaches Association for 12 years and is currently the second vice president of the IC4A Track and Field Coaches Association. A 1989 graduate of Penn with a degree in history, Shoehalter captained the Quakers as a senior and was a scorer in the hurdles and the pentathlon at the Heptagonal Championships. He then spent a season as a volunteer coach at his alma mater, working with Penn’s high jumpers in 1989-90. Prior to coming to Yale Shoehalter was an assistant coach at Lafayette College from 1990 to 1994. He coached the sprinters, jumpers and hurdlers.


Paul Harkins, who spent four seasons as an assistant coach at New Mexico State, was named men’s cross country, middle distance and distance coach at Yale in the fall of 2011. Harkins helped the New Mexico State women’s cross country team to the first WAC championship in school history in 2009, just two years after he took over a team that had finished seventh in 2006. He was also a part of the men’s cross country team’s highest finish in school history -- second place in 2010. Prior to his time at New Mexico State, he coached at Brown, making Yale his second Ivy League stop. Harkins was named the WAC Conference Women’s Coach of the Year in 2009 at New Mexico State after leading the Aggies to the league title. That same season, he coached the WAC Women’s Cross Country Freshman of the Year. All told, Harkins coached five individual WAC champions and 53 all-conference orees, including the Aggies’ first male cross country runner to earn back-to-back all-conference honors since 1971-72. His runners set nine school records and made 60 additions to the school’s top 10 list. Prior to joining the New Mexico State staff, Harkins spent a season as an assistant at Brown and two seasons as an assistant at Missouri State. He coached at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, Wash., from 2001 to 2004. In his short time at Yale, Harkins has coached many middle-distance and distance athletes to great success, and students like Kevin Dooney, Tim Hillas, Ryan Laemel, John McGowan, Matt Nussbaum, James Randon, James Shirvell and Matt Thwaites all emerged as regional stars under his coaching. Harkins coached his first Bulldog to the Division I NCAA Cross Country National Championships in 2013, helping sophmore Kevin Dooney earn All-Region and second-team All-Ivy honors and become just the sixth Yale runner to compete at Nationals since 1991. In 2016, Harkins helped junior James Randon become the first Yale student-athlete in history to break the 4:00 mile barrier and become only the third men’s Ivy League 1500m runner to score at the National Championships. Harkins received a B.A. in economics from the University of Washington, where he ran cross country and track, in 2000. He also has a Master’s of Science in health promotion and wellness management from Missouri State.


Amy Gosztyla joined the Yale staff as women’s cross country, middle distance and distance coach in the summer of 2011. During the 2012 cross country season, Gosztyla coached Yale to its first national ranking since 2005. During her tenure as cross country coach, Gosztyla has coached seven athletes to NCAA All-Region honors and eight to All-Ivy League honors. During the 2014 cross country season, Gosztyla coached Kira Garry ’15 to qualify for the NCAA DI National Championships— the first Yale athlete to do so since 2007. During her time with Yale track and field, Gosztyla has coached distance and middle distance athletes to 15 qualifying performances for the NCAA 1st Round and 20 All-East Individual Performances. Gosztyla spent three years as an assistant at Harvard prior to coming to Yale. There, she worked primarily with the men’s and women’s middle distance and distance runners. During her time with the Crimson Gosztyla coached six NCAA Championship qualifiers, 13 NCAA Regional/First Round qualifiers, 97 ECAC/IC4A qualifiers and five Ivy League Heptagonal champions. Prior to joining the Harvard staff, Gosztyla was the assistant women’s cross country and track and field coach at her alma mater, New Hampshire. In her one season as an assistant with the Wildcats, 2007-08, she helped develop the program’s first women’s cross country All-American in nearly 15 years. From 2005 to 2007 Gosztyla was the assistant men’s and women’s cross country and track and field coach at Stony Brook. She and head coach Andy Ronan were named America East Women’s Cross Country Coaching Staff of the Year in 2005 and 2006, and the women’s cross country team developed into an NCAA qualifier in 2007. Individually, Gosztyla helped coach four NCAA Regional qualifiers, 46 ECAC/IC4A qualifiers and three America East champions. Gosztyla was named America East Student-Athlete of the Year in 2002, and was honored by UNH that same year with the Jim Urqhart Award as the school’s female student-athlete of the year. She was a six-time America East champion in indoor and outdoor track, and at one point held seven school records. Gosztyla graduated magna cum laude from New Hampshire in May 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences. She earned her master’s degree in exercise science summa cum laude from the same school in May 2004, earning the school’s Basil Mott Leadership Award along the way.


George Evans, who was the head coach of men’s and women’s track and field and cross country at Marietta (Ohio) College for three seasons, joined the Yale track and field coaching staff as an assistant in the fall of 2014. Since then, student-athletes under Evans’ tutelage have broken numerous school records, won three Ivy League Heptagonal Championships and qualified to the NCAA Preliminary Round. At Marietta, Evans helped the Pioneers break 40 school records and earn six All-America selections (in six different events). In his first season, he coached four student-athletes to the NCAA Division III National Championships. He coached three more student-athletes to the NCAAs in his second season, and one more in his third. Evans led the Marietta men’s indoor track and field team to its best finish in the Ohio Athletic Conference in 2013 (third), and also oversaw Marietta’s first Ohio Athletic Conference individual cross country champion (2011, 2012). Prior to Marietta, Evans spent five years as an assistant coach at Brown specializing in sprints/hurdles and relays. During his time with the Bears he helped Brown’s student-athletes to 30 ECAC/IC4A qualifying marks, 10 individual Ivy League titles and seven school records. He also coached nine NCAA Regional qualifiers. A native of Boardman, Ohio, Evans began his coaching career as an assistant coach specializing in sprints/hurdles and relays at Youngstown State in 2004-05. That year, he helped coach Youngstown’s student-athletes to seven individual Horizon League titles and five league records. Evans received his B.A. in history from Lehigh in 2004, where he was a two-time Patriot League champion (in the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes) and was named Lehigh’s Athlete of the Year as a senior. He still holds the Lehigh record for the 60-meter dash (6.83), the 100-meter dash (10.51) and the 200-meter dash (21.32), and is part of the record-holding 4x100-meter relay team (41.21). Evans also played football (wide receiver) for the Mountain Hawks, and was a member of the 2001 team that finished 11-0 and won the Lambert Cup as the best team in Division I-AA on the East Coast.


Wilfredo de Jesus Elias, who had been an assistant coach at United States Merchant Marine Academy since 2011, joined the Yale track and field coaching staff as an assistant in the summer of 2015. de Jesus works primarily with Yale’s throwers. At the USMMA, de Jesus oversaw the throws group and also served as interim head coach (May 2013 to September 2013). In his first season, he helped coach the first women’s individual Landmark Champion in the history of the Academy. In addition to working with the track and field team, de Jesus also was an assistant for the cross country team for each of the past four seasons as well. He also served as strength and conditioning coach for three other varsity teams starting in 2013, and was an academic advisor for 10 student-athletes. de Jesus is a 2011 graduate of the University at Albany, where he majored in human biology and excelled for the track and field team. He won IC4A championships in the weight throw (indoors, 2011) and the hammer throw (outdoors, 2011). He was also the America East indoor champion in the weight throw (2009, 2010 and 2011) and the America East outdoor champion in the hammer throw (2009, 2011). In 2011 he was honored as the America East indoor performer of the year the Albany indoor track and field MVP. He holds school records in the hammer throw and weight throw, and competed in the NCAA East Preliminary Round multiple times. de Jesus was a part of four America East outdoor team championship victories and four America East indoor team championship victories in his time with the Great Danes. de Jesus attended Natividad Rodriguez Gonzalez High School in his native Puerto Rico and was recognized as Puerto Rico’s National Athlete of the Year in 2007, when he became the first Puerto Rican hammer thrower to medal (bronze) at the Pan-Am Junior Championships. He is a national record holder and currently the country’s top-ranked thrower. Twice he represented his country at the Central American and Caribbean Games, finishing as high as seventh place (hammer throw).


Matt McMasters, who was an assistant at Xavier from 2013 to 2015, joined the Yale cross country and track and field coaching staff as an assistant coach in the summer of 2015. McMasters coaches middle distance and distance athletes, working with them alongside cross country coaches Amy Gosztyla and Paul Harkins. He also serves as the program’s director of operations. In his first year at Yale, McMasters helped the women’s and men’s cross country teams finish 2nd and 3rd, respectively at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships at Van Cortlandt Park with four All-Ivy Honorees. Two weeks later, five Bulldogs earned All-Region Honors and Kevin Dooney qualified to the NCAA Cross Country Championships. On the track McMasters help the Yale middle distance and distance athletes to six All-Ivy Honorees, two Ivy League Champions, six NCAA East Preliminary qualifiers, four Yale school records, an indoor second team All-American, an outdoor first team All-American and the first Yale Bulldog to break the 4:00 mile barrier. McMasters’ two seasons at Xavier included one as a graduate assistant. In 2013, he helped the women’s cross country team achieve the best regional finish in school history (and the best year-to-year regional finish improvement in Division I). He also helped Clare Fischer become the school’s first NCAA Championship qualifier. All told in his two years, he worked with one USTFCCCA All-Academic individual honoree, two NCAA First Round qualifiers, one Big East champion, 11 All-Big East honorees, 20 Xavier record holders and 32 Xavier all-time cross country entries. All of the teams he worked with were named USTFCCCA All-Academic. In addition to his coaching experience, McMasters brings an extensive academic background to New Haven. A native of Cincinnati, he graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2011 with bachelors and masters degrees in biomedical engineering with specializations in biomechanics. He began work on a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering/biomechanics at Cincinnati, then enrolled in Xavier’s sport administration program and earned his master’s degree in education in that field in 2014.


Brian Tompkins is Yale Athletics’ Senior Associate Athletic Director for Student Services, a position he has occupied since the summer of 2015. In addition, Tompkins is also the sport administrator for the track and field and cross country program and works with the entire staff on many of the programtic facets of the program. Prior to taking the role of Senior Associate Athletic Director, Tompkins was the head coach of the Yale men’s soccer team. Arriving from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1996, Tompkins spent 18 years at the helm of the Bulldogs’ men’s soccer program. Tompkins’ 1999 team enjoyed one of the most memorable seasons in school history. The Bulldogs won a school-record 13 games, upset Rutgers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and had a final national ranking of 18th. In 2005, Tompkins guided Yale to its first Ivy League title since 1991. The Bulldogs finished with a 10-4-4 overall record, were 5-1-1 in Ivy play and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in school history. Eight of Tompkins’ players at Yale went on to play professionally, including Ryan Raybould ‘05, who spent three seasons with the Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer and Brian Roberts ‘04 who also spent three years playing for the Wizards and became the first Yale player to start an MLS game when he played 79 minutes against Real Salt Lake in July of 2005. Since 2008, Tompkins also has served as a coach with the Olympic Development Program. Presently, he is the head coach of the Region 1 Under-15 ODP age group. In December of 2013, he guided the team to the U15 ODP Interregional Tournament title.


Coxe Cage is the home of Yale’s men’s and women’s indoor track teams. The Cage was named for Charles Edmund Coxe (1893), a hammer thrower on Yale’s squad. Legend has it that Coxe, who was charged with raising funds for the new facility, could not be bothered with such efforts and instead offered the necessary $300,000 to build the facility on the stipulation that it be named for him. Yale accepted the offer and began construction on what was then considered to be one of the largest structures of its kind in the world. To this day its 26,000 square foot skylight is among the largest anywhere. In 1982, Coxe Cage also underwent major renovations. The old cinder track and dirt floor were removed in favor of a state of the art, “tuned”, En-tout-cas oval and infield. The track was mounted on a structure designed to allow the runner to train more consistently without suffering the strain and injury incurred on other surfaces. At the time of its installation it was thought to be the most advanced track of its kind. In 1988, another track was installed. In 2005, Coxe Cage underwent major renovations, installing a banked Mondo track as well as a Mondo infield. The renovations were able to take place due to the generosity of Donald M. Roberts ‘57, who named the track the Frank Shorter ‘69 Track, to honor the former Yale cross country captain and two-time Olympic medalist. The track is one of the premier venues in the United States, and provides Yale athletes with an unparalleled training and competition facility. In 2013, the Mondo track was replaced with state-of-the-art Beynon surface and infield.


The home of Yale track and ďŹ eld since its inception as a sport in the 1870s, Dewitt Cuyler Athletic Complex and the Dwyer Track are among the premier track and ďŹ eld facilities in the nation. The eight lane En-toutcas surface was laid in 1981, replacing a legendary cinder oval, the likes of which had rarely been scene. The old track had two 200-meter straightaways, enabling runners to race a one-turn 400-meter dash and a straight 200-meter dash. The new layout was resurfaced in the summer of 1995 in preparation for the Special Olympics World Games. The creative layout of the facility allows for competition in all events including the hammer, discus and javelin within the complex. Sprint straightaways are marked to allow for competition in both directions depending on the prevailing winds, and multi-directional runways in the long and triple jumps and the pole vault allow for optimal performance. A huge high jump apron makes for a great jumping area. Three shot-put circles, two hammer/discus cages and an all-weather javelin runway make the facility a thrower’s dream. Bleachers on the sprint straightaway seat 1,500, making the complex a tremendous host site for championship meets. Dewitt Cuyler and Yale have served as hosts for three IC4A championships (most recently in the spring of 2004) and six Heptagonal Championships (most recently in 2011). In the summer of 1995, 5,000 Special Olympics Athletes from around the world competed in the Special Olympics World Games at the facility.


Payne Whitney Gymnasium, which is in the process of an exterior restoration, was constructed in 1932 under the direction of John Russel Pope. The gym is one of the most complete units of indoor facilities in the world. The building was given to the University by the Whitney family in memory of their son Payne Whitney, class of 1898. The nine and one half story structure contains training centers for crew, gymnastics, swimming, general exercise, recreational and varsity strength and conditioning and a state of the art fencing salon. The Dwyer Sports Medicine Center, located on the first floor, is the primary rehabilitation facility for Yale Athletics. The recently renovated center includes seven treatment tables, physician’s examination room, hydrotherapy room, dental mouthguard lab, isokinetic bicycles, a Kin Com Isokinetic testing and training device, an upper body ergometer, stairmaster and treadmill. The highlight of the second floor is the Kiphuth Trophy Room, which features Yale memorabilia dating back to 1842. The Lanman Center adds 57,000 square feet of new space that provides four regulation basketball and volleyball courts, 20 basketball stations and six badminton courts, along with a one-eighth-mile indoor running track. Other additions in Phase I include 15 international squash courts and three exhibition courts, one of which is the only four-glass-wall court in the country. Also new is the magnificent 7,000-square foot Brooks-Dwyer Varsity Strength and Conditioning Room.


In 1924, a 700-acre tract of swamp and woodland was given to Yale by Mrs. Ray Tompkins in memory of her husband. Under the supervision of Charles Blair Macdonald, the renowned golf course architect, champion golfer, and co-founder of the USGA, plans were made for an 18-hole golf course. With a budget of $400,000, Macdonald, in collaboration with Seth Raynor and Charles Banks, designed a masterpiece. The Course at Yale serves as the home for Yale’s golf teams and is also the competition course and practice venue for Yale’s cross country teams. The course provides a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of downtown New Haven and gives Yale distance and middle distance runners an incredibly scenic, bucolic and challenging place to train and compete. In addition to being able to run on the course itself, Yale athletes are aorded the opportunity to train on the numerous dirt trails that surround the golf course.


Just west of Coxe Cage and north of the Armory sit the Yale Intramural Fields. These fields are used by a variety of Yale associated teams and groups , notably the Yale men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams. The intramural fields offer a large, flat and open area for student-athletes to utilize. The soft surface provided by the expansive fields measures nearly a mile around the perimeter. The Intramural Fields are used throught the entire season but especially in the fall by the men’s and women’s cross country teams.


Thanks to the donation from Joel E. Smilow ‘54, the Bulldogs have a renovated multi-purpose facility on Derby Avenue across the street from the football practice fields and next to Coxe Cage. The facility was completed in time for the fall 1993 athletic season and includes a 10,000 net square foot addition with new mechanical and electrical equipment. The Smilow Center has spacious locker rooms for each of the men’s and women’s varsity teams and several visitors’ locker rooms with an adjoining athletic training room. The first floor showcases a beautiful lounge area with kitchen, varsity locker rooms, an improved athletic equipment distribution and storage area, laundry facilities, and a varsity athletic training center with an eight-person whirlpool, X-ray room, physician examining room, eight taping stations, medical supply storage area and medical staff office space.


Ray Tompkins House, stands adjacent to the Payne Whitney Gymnasium on Tower Parkway, and while not physically a part of the gymnasium, is connected underground with it, and in general appearance is a part of it, having been designed by John Russell Pope of New York City, who was also the architect of the gymnasium. Ray Tompkins House contains three floors (~44,380 sq. feet), and provides offices for the Athletic Department’s Director and Associates, Varsity Sports Operations , Sport and Recreation, Alumni Affairs, Ticket Office, Financial Affairs, Facilities Management, Sports Publicity, Department Administrative Assistants, Equipment Manager, and Coaching Staff.


Yale University is located in the city of New Haven, Connecticut. New Haven is located on New Haven Harbor on the northern shore of Long Island Sound. New haven is the second largest city in Connecticut and just over 125,000 people call the Elm City Home. New Haven was the first planned city in the United States and also claims the world’s first hamburger and frisbee. The climate in New Haven yields four seasons with warm summers, cool autumns and varying winters. New Haven has a central downtown and university area and is surrounded by the neighborhoods of West Haven, Orange, Woodbridge, Hamden, North Haven and East Haven.


New Haven is known for many aspects of student life, including the world’s best pizza and great shopping and entertainment options. There are numerous pizza restaurants in New Haven, each having its own characteristics and unique flavors. The Shops at Yale, along Broadway and Chapel offer residents dining and shopping options for everyone. For entertainment, New Haven is a hub for cinema, theater and music and offers multiple event and concert halls that have headlining performances throughout the year. New Haven also offers great recreation options outside of Yale. The Farmington Canal Trail is a long, paved trail that extends to Massachusetts.


Yale Cross Country and Track and Field Media Guide 2016-17  
Yale Cross Country and Track and Field Media Guide 2016-17  

Yale Cross Country and Track and Field Media Guide 2016-17