Posted: Apr 16, 2023
Sech Breaks 24-Year School Record in Steeplechase as Tartans Run at Bison Open
(LEWISBURG, Pa.) - The Carnegie Mellon University men's track and field team had eight members compete at the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic over the weekend.
- Senior Elijah Sech broke the school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase when he crossed the finish line with a time of 9:03.87 and placed fifth overall in a field of 59 runners and was the second Division III runner to cross. He broke Kristo Kriechbaum's record of 9:04.98 which was set in 1999.
- Junior David Durdaller also ran in the steeplechase and crossed with a personal-best time of 9:11.43. Durdaller placed eighth overall and was the third Division III runner to cross.
- Sophomores Colin McLaughlin and Aleksei Seletskiy ran the 1,500-meter race and finished with times of 3:49.74 and 3:50.37. It was a personal-best time for McLaughlin.
- The 5,000-meter race had junior Jacob Hsu cross the line with a personal-best time of 14:45.54 while sophomore Matthew Coyle finished in 14:41.72.
- Junior Alex Ivanov and senior Leland Davies competed in the 800-meter run and crossed with personal-best times of 1:50.21 and 1:53.15, respectively. Ivanov was the first Division III runner to finish and sixth overall in a field of 189.
- The Tartans will compete at the University Athletic Association Outdoor Championships on April 22-23 hosted by the University of Chicago.