Four Qualify for NCAA Championships on Day Two of East Regional Prelims

Photo courtesy of Tim O'Dowd
Photo courtesy of Tim O'Dowd

Harvard track and field wraps day two at the NCAA East Regional Preliminaries.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Harvard track and field wrapped up day two of the NCAA East Regional Preliminaries at Hodges Stadium, as four athletes qualified for the NCAA Championships.

Freshman Efe Uwaifo will head to Eugene, Ore., after the rookie hopped a distance of 15.57m (51-1) with a wind of +1.3. He becomes the first Harvard triple jumper to reach the NCAA Championships since Olympian and All-American Samyr Laine. 

Sophomore Autumne Franklin and freshman Jade Miller both qualified in the 400m hurdles with personal-best times since arriving at Harvard. Franklin clocked a time of 56.65 to rank seventh overall and improve her second-place standing all-time in Harvard history. Miller was just behind in ninth, posting a time of 57.22 (third all-time at Harvard). The pair also sit 2-3 in the Ivy League record book.

Also making her way to Oregon will be junior Erika Veidis. The Sparta, N.J., native ranked 10th overall to punch her ticket. Veidis crossed the 800m finish line in 2:04.72.

Freshman Nikki Okwelogu launched the discus 50.21m (164-8) to finish 20th overall.  

Junior Jarvis Harris was just 0.01 off his own school record (+0.4 wind) in the 110m hurdles, ranking 29th overall.

Franklin stopped the clock at 13.81 to rank 37th overall.

Senior Damani Wilson and freshman Raegan Nizdil each finished 41st. Wilson clocked a time of 21.77 in the 200m dash. Nizdil hit a high jump of 1.67m (5-05.75).

Action will continue tomorrow for the final day of the East Regionals.