Alumni report: Fast times on the track at Boston University

Yale freshman Robert Miranda, a former Menlo School standout, smashed his previous best with a time of 8:16.66 in the 3000 meters. Photo by Tom Connelly.

The indoor track at Boston University had a Palo Alto feel to it as runners from Palo Alto, Gunn and Castilleja competed at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational over weekend.

Former Menlo School standout and Yale freshman Robert Miranda recorded a personal best in the 3,000 meters, racing 8:16.66.

According to Menlo coach Jorge Chen, via a Facebook post, its the second fastest freshman time in Yale history.

Former Gunn great Gilliam Meeks, now a junior at Harvard, ran the 5,000 meters in 16:56.77, within two seconds of her personal best.

Bowdoin's Claire Traum, a former Castilleja star, completed the 800 meters in 2:15.72, 2.5 seconds from her PR. She also participated in Bowdoin's Distance Medley Relay, which placed 13th overall (out of 33 teams) with a time of 11:56.58.

Palo Alto grad Reed Foster, a freshman at MIT, competing in his first collegiate race, ran the 800 meters in 1:55.28, within one second of his outdoor track personal record and winning his heat.

MIT sophomore Kent Slaney, also a Paly grad, ran a full mile in 4:14.85, a two second personal record, finishing 80th in a field of more than 300 men, including 12 competitors who finished the mile in under four minutes. He won his heat.

MIT competes at the Springfield College Invitational on Saturday.

At the Gordon Kelly Invitational in Cambridge, MIT sophomore Margaret Redfield, a former Gunn star, finished third in the high jump with a height of five feet, three inches.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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