NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's track and field team will be sending six athletes to compete at the 125th edition of the Penn Relays Thursday night, held at Franklin Field on the University of Pennsylvania's campus. The Penn Relays is one of the most renowned meets in the country, featuring some of the nation's best collegians and professionals, and drawing crowds as large as 50,000. The meet attracts stiff competition, and historically leads to blazing fast times, which is what the Bulldogs will be aiming for on Thursday.
The Bulldogs competing are only entered across two events: the 5,000m run and the 3,000m steeplechase, which are historically very competitive at the Penn Relays. Both events will take place Thursday evening, with the 3,000m steeplechase set to start at 7:30 p.m., and the 5,000m run set to take place at 9:20 p.m.
Robert Miranda and Harrison Smith will be competing in the 3,000m steeplechase, looking to throw down some impressive times now that they have a couple of races under their belts. The steeplechase is an event that takes getting used to, and gets easier after having raced it a few times. This will be the third steeplechase for Miranda and Smith, who are coming off impressive finishes from Harvard-Yale, at which Miranda was runner-up with a time of 9:14.53 and Smith placed fourth with a time of 9:37.46. Miranda is entering the meet currently ranked ninth in the Ivy League, while Smith is ranked 15th.
In the 5,000m run, Cade Brown, Jonathan Lomogda, Brendan Murray and Patrick Perry will all toe the line under the lights of Franklin Field late Thursday evening. Lomogda has been looking to be in good shape recently, having just placed runner-up at Harvard-Yale. His season best of 14:43.16 is currently ranked 23rd in the Ivy League, whereas his personal best would have him ranked 10th this year. He will likely be shooting to top his personal record and move up the Ivy list this week. Brown and Murray are two of the top ranked 10,000m runners in the Ivy League, so this race will be a change of pace for them as they are racing half their normal distance. Nevertheless, Brown, who is ranked ninth in the 10,000m run in the league, boasts a personal record of 14:46.41 in the 5,000m run, and Murray holds the fastest time of 2019 for the Bulldogs at 14:33.81.
A full recap will be provided Thursday night, following completion of the events.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity.