Tartans Sweep 3k at Ed Fry Invitational

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(INDIANA, Pa.) - The Carnegie Mellon University men's track and field team competed at the Ed Fry Invitational on Sunday afternoon hosted by Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

The Tartans swept the top four places in the 3,000-meter run with sophomore Elijah Sech (San Clemente, Calif. / San Clemente) crossing first in a personal-best 8:52.45. The next three to cross were freshmen Jacob Hsu (Arcadia, Calif. / Arcadia) in 9:00.62, Shivam Verma (Saratoga, Calif. / Saratoga) in 9:03.51 and David Durdaller (Hewlett, N.Y. / George W. Hewlett) in 9:08.98.

In the first race on the day, freshman Charlie Murphy (Roanoke, Va. / Patrick Henry) won the 10,000-meter with a time of 32:58.64.

Seniors Matt Karee (Elmira, N.Y./Notre Dame) and Harry Branch-Shaw (New York, N.Y. / Brooklyn Technical) both recorded personal-best times in the 5,000-meter run finishing second and fourth, respectively. Karee crossed in 14:52.04 while Branch-Shaw ended in 14:48.48.

Freshmen Pranav Rajbhandari (Marietta, Ga. / Walton) and Andrew McGovern (Lexington, Mass. / Lexington) both turned in collegiate-best times on Sunday with third-place showings. Rajbhandari ran the 400-meter in 50.31 while McGovern crossed in 56.28 in the 400-meter hurdles.

The 800-meter run saw sophomore Leland Davies (East Brunswick, N.J. / East Brunswick High School) place third with a time of 1:59.02. Graduate student Liam Walsh (Gaithersburg, Md. / Quince Orchard) placed fourth in the 1,500-meter run in 3:59.48.

Senior Matt Sloan (Harmony, Pa. / Seneca Valley) placed second in the high jump after clearing the bar at 1.90 meters. He also turned in another second finish when he jumped 13.47 meters in the triple jump. Freshman Alex Petric (Basking Ridge, N.J. / Ridge) posted a mark of 4.10 meters in the pole vault to place third. Junior Justin Kiefel (Downingtown, Pa. / Downingtown STEM Academy) finished second in the long jump with a distance of 6.90 meters.

The Tartans will travel to Slippery Rock University on Friday, April 16 to compete in the Bill Lennox Invite before heading to Robert Morris University on Saturday to participate in the RMU Invitational.