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Tartans Host Annual Invitational

Tartans Host Annual Invitational

(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) – The Carnegie Mellon University men's track and field team hosted its annual Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Gesling Stadium. The Tartans turned in seven top finishes in a field comprised of Division I, II and III institutions.

The 3,000-meter steeplechase saw the Tartans take the top two spots in personal-best times. Junior Elijah Sech (San Clemente, Calif. / San Clemente) crossed in 9:40.58 and sophomore David Durdaller (Hewlett, N.Y. / George W. Hewlett) in 9:42.16.

Graduate student Bram Miller (Colgate, Wis. / Kettle Moraine Lutheran) won the shot put and discus, as he had a a throw of 17.67 meters in the shot and 51.38 meters in the discus in his first meet of the outdoor season. Freshman Cody Breidenbach (Nazareth, Pa. / Nazareth Area) placed second in the hammer throw with a mark of 49.55 meters while junior Len Huang (Holmdel, N.J. / Holmdel) took third in the discus with a career-best toss of 45.15 meters.

Senior Justin Kiefel (Downingtown, Pa. / Downingtown STEM Academy) and sophomore Thomas Rich (Rochester, N.Y. / Brighton) took first and third in the long jump. Kiefel jumped 7.06 meters and Rich 6.48 meters. Kiefel then won the triple jump with a leap of 14.39 meters with freshman Luke Blackwell (Doylestown, Pa. / Central Bucks) placing second with a jump of 13.79 meters.

Freshman Casey Potrebic (Calistoga, Calif. / Justin-Siena) turned in a top performance in the pole vault as he cleared the bar at 4.15 meters.

Senior Michael OBroin (Park Ridge, Ill. / Saint Ignatius College Prep) turned in a personal-best time of 3:58.20 in the 1,500-meter run to win the race. Sophomore Alex Ivanov (Newton, Mass. / Newton) turned in a time of 1:59.20 in the 800-meter run to place third.

Running the 400-meter race for the first time in his collegiate career, junior Alex Halkias (Berlin, Conn. / Berlin) took third after crossing in 50.74. Sophomore Andrew McGovern (Lexington, Mass. / Lexington) took second in the 400-meter hurdles in 56.74.

The Tartans freshmen trio swept the top three places in the 3,000-meter run. Colin McLaughlin (Stamford, Conn. / Westhill) crossed in 8:42.22, Aleksei Seletskiy (Palo Alto, Calif. / Palo Alto) in 8:51.54 and Eamon Brady (Park Ridge, Ill. / Maine South) in 8:54.47.

The Tartans will next compete at the Dave Labor Invitational hosted by Slippery Rock University on Saturday, April 2.

Top 10 performances for the meet include:

110-Meter Hurdles
9. Thomas Rich - 17.10
10. Micah Nowlin - 17.46

200-Meter Dash
9. Adam Bournes - 23.81
10. Austin Weltz - 23.97

400-Meter Hurdles
6. Thomas Rich - 59.97

400-Meter Run
4. Pranav Rajbhandari - 51.03
7. Michael Cai - 52.36

800-Meter Run
4. Jackson Wood - 1:59.60
10. Leland Davies - 2:02.07

1,500-Meter Run
5. Alex Ivanov - 4:04.26

8. Seth Williams - 10:27.93

3,000-Meter Run
6. Charlie Murphy - 9:06.28
7. Jacob Hsu - 9:20.39

5,000-Meter Run
4. Matthew Coyle - 15:11.26
7. Zachary Nowak - 15:26.84

4. Bailey O'Malley - 46.07 meters

Shot Put
9. Bailey O'Malley - 13.84 meters

7. Bailey O'Malley - 38.20 meters

6. Casey Potrebic - 45.19 meters
10. Nathaniel Deyak - 39.98 meters

High Jump
6. Ethan Higgs - 1.71 meters
6. Sebastian Sanso - 1.71 meters
9. Shawn Krishnan - 1.71J meters

Triple Jump
9. Sebastian Sanso - 12.42 meters
10. Nikolas Diamant - 12.31 meters