Nikki Okwelogu broke her own school record in the shot put Sunday (Tom O'Dowd).
HANOVER, N.H. – The Harvard men's and women's indoor track and field squads competed in their first meets of the 2015 calendar year, each claiming fourth Sunday at the Dartmouth Relays. The Crimson men posted wins in three events and tallied 42 points, while the women had four top-three finishes to rack up 29 points.
"I was really pleased with the way our student-athletes competed today," said Jason Saretsky, the William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country. "We sent a small squad up to Dartmouth and they came back with some outstanding results."
The Crimson had a number of quality finishes in the field events, highlighted by a pair of former Ivy League champions. Sophomore Nikki Okwelogu setting a new school record in the shot put, while senior Ben Glauser captured the weight throw crown. Okwelogu fired off a throw of 15.33 meters (50-3.5) beating her own previous school record of 15.31 meters (50-2.75) to finish as the top collegiate competitor, while claiming second overall.
Glauser showed his strength in the men's weight throw, with a toss of 18.22 meters (59-9.5), out-throwing Tresley Dupont (17.25 meters) from Southern Connecticut State by almost a full meter. The Harvard senior also notched a fourth-place showing in the shot put with a throw of 16.17 meters.
Harvard's men recorded a pair of victories in the running events, bringing home wins in the 60 meter dash and the 4x200 meter relay. Freshmen Malcolm Johnson sprinted his way to the top of the podium in in the 60 meter race, crossing the line in a time of 6.85, edging Lucanes Robinson from Kilomaitres by one tenth of a second. That time matches the fifth-fastest mark in program history.
Johnson also ran the first leg of the victorious, all-freshmen 4x200 relay team that saw Matthew Hurst, Alexander Moore and Andrew Bolze complete the final three legs of the event in a time of 1:28.83 for the Crimson.
The success of the rookies continued in the 60 meter hurdles with Jay Hebert taking fifth with a time of 8.39.
In addition to Okwelogu's record-setting day, Harvard had three additional female student-athletes earn top-three finishes in field events. In the high jump competition, senior Ann Giebelhaus captured second, clearing 1.69 meters (5-6.5), while sophomore Raegan Nizdil finished third with a high mark of 1.64 meters (5-4.5).
The weight throw event saw senior Taylor DuPont reach the distance of 15.19 meters (49-10) to earn third.
Harvard is back in action next weekend, hosting a pair of meets. On Friday, Jan. 16 the Crimson will host the Harvard Multi Meet and then on Saturday Gordon Track will be the site of the Beantown Challenge.