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Tertsch Breaks 5000m Record; Distance Runners Lead Outdoor Track and Field at Day One of Penn Relays

Tertsch Breaks 5000m Record; Distance Runners Lead Outdoor Track and Field at Day One of Penn Relays

PHILADELPHIA – On the first day of the Penn Relays, Harvard outdoor track and field's distance runners took the stage at Franklin Field in Philadelphia on Thursday, April 25.

Leading Harvard was Lisa Tertsch, who finished second in the women's 5000m with a time of 16:03.15. Her time was not only the fastest by a collegiate student-athlete at the meet but breaks the Harvard 5000m record by nearly eight seconds. Morgan Kelly '14 held the record since 2014 with her time of 16:11.05.

In the men's 3000m steeplechase, David Melville finished with a time of 9:23.14, beating his PR set earlier this at Yale. Then in the women's 3000m, Tessa Medrano finished in 13th in her first time running the event with a time of 9:54.19. Trailing Medrano was Maya Rayle, who crossed the finish line in 10:06.89.

Also, in the women's 5000m, Brooke Starn set a new PR by over 20 seconds, crossing the finish line in 16:55.04 to finish in 18th. Also setting a new PR was Gillian Meeks, who ran a 34:59.33 in the women's 10000m, finishing in sixth. Her time is more than 30 seconds better than her previous PR (35:32.46), set at the Raleigh Relays earlier this year and the 10th-best time in program history.

Harvard Highlights
- Lisa Tertsch broke the program record in the women's 5000m, crossing the finish line in 16:03.15. Her time beats the previous record by nearly eight seconds and was good enough to finish in second in the event at the meet.
- David Melville ran a PR in the men's 3000m steeplechase with his time of 9:23.14.
- Brooke Starn broke her PR in the women's 5000m, crossing the finish line in 16:55.04. 
- Setting a new PR in the 10000m, Gillian Meeks crossed the finish line in 34:59.33 to place sixth, running the 10th-fastest time in Harvard women's outdoor history in the event. 

What's Next
Harvard is back on Saturday, April 27, closing out the Penn Relays and competing in the Stonehill Invite.

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