LEXINGTON, Ky. – Harvard track and field kicked off competition at the NCAA East Preliminary Meet this afternoon in wet conditions at the University of Kentucky. Highlights for the Crimson on Day 1 included junior Jade Miller recording the second fastest time of the day in the 400-meter hurdles to advance to Friday's quarterfinal, and sophomore Gabby Thomas winning her heat to also advance to the quarterfinals in the 100-meter dash.
Miller won her heat with a time of 57.31, and will race again tomorrow at 7 p.m. for a chance to return to Eugene. Thomas ran the 100 meters in 11.35 and will compete tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the same event before taking the track again for the 200-meters at 7:30 p.m.
In other action, senior Brett Henderson fell just short of qualifying for the national meet, placing 15th in the javelin with a throw of 206'4".
Sophomore Myles Marshall narrowly missed qualifying for the quarterfinals of the 800-meter run, placing 22nd overall and fourth in a tough heat with a time of 1:50.14.
Freshman Simi Fajemisin placed 35th in the long jump, reaching 19'4.75". Fajemisin will be back in action on Saturday in the triple jump.