PHILADELPHIA - Although just five members of the Yale men's track and field team competed at the Penn Relays on Thursday night, the group of distance runners had notable success, running personal and season's bests in their respective events.
First up for the night was first-year Robert Miranda in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Miranda ran a seven second personal best, improving on his 9:14.53 from just two weeks ago and crossing the line in 9:07.31. His performance placed him fourth in his section and 16th overall in the event, beating runners from Cornell, Harvard and Princeton along the way.
Yale's remaining four runners all competed in the 5,000 meters. Junior Jonathan Lomogda, a consistent 5k runner for the Bulldogs, also bettered his time from the Harvard Yale meet two weeks ago. After opening the outdoor season in a respectable 14:43.16 at the Raleigh Relays, Lomogda ran the second fastest 5K of his collegiate career at Penn, finishing in 14:28.29. Lomogda's time placed him 21st of 82 runners.
Crossing the line next for the Bulldogs was first-year Cade Brown, who also recorded a personal best of 14:39.36. Brown's time was seven seconds faster than his best indoors and earned him fifth place in his heat. First-year Brendan Murray also had an impressive run, finishing in 14:46.00 in his first race back after competing in the 10,000 meters at the Raleigh Relays nearly a month ago. Sophomore Patrick Perry also competed in the 5,000 meters, running just off his personal record but still setting an outdoor best of 14:58.52.
Next up for the Bulldogs will be the Yale Springtime Invitational, a final tune up before the following week's Ivy League Championships.
Full results from Thursday night's competition can be found here.