CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Madison Hansen ended the first home meet of the Harvard indoor track and field season on a high note, capturing the women's pentathlon title with 3,657 points, her second-highest point total at the collegiate level. Hansen entered the final event, the 800 meter run, in second overall, but she took second in that event with a time of 2:20.26 to move into the top spot.
"It was great seeing our multi-event athletes getting a chance to compete in their own meet today at our home facility," said Jason Saretsky, the William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country. "I was pleased with their performances as they were solid openers and it will be great to see the entire team in action tomorrow at the Beantown Challenge."
The Crimson was also represented well, with strong performances from junior Allison Morrison, who took third with 3,488 points, as well as sophomore Jackie Modesett who finished sixth with 3,356. Both Crimson student-athletes were competing in their first collegiate pentathlons.
Modesett and Hansen finished 1-2 in the first event of the day, the 60 meter hurdles. Modesett posted the time to beat at 8.89, with Hansen flashing past the finish line next. In the high jump, Morrison was the highest finishing Crimson, claiming second with a leap of 1.66 meters (5-05.25), her second-highest mark as a collegian. Haley Baker and Hansen each tied for fifth.
Baker also earned top honors in the shot put, edging out Nicole Genard from Northeastern by one one-hundredth of a meter.
In the final event of the women's competition, Harvard took spots two, three, and four. Hansen led the way with her runner-up showing, with Morrison and Modesett filling the next two spots.
Harvard's men completed the first four of seven events of the heptathlon Friday. Harvard's top finisher in the 60 meter dash, long jump and shot put was freshman Andrew Bolze. He took fifth in the 60 meter dash, fourth in the long jump and second in the shot put. Bolze was leading overall heading into the high jump, but was ultimately scratched at the coach's discretion. Junior Mark Hill led the Crimson in the event, tying for second, clearing a height of 1.93 meters (6-4.0).
The heptathlon will wrap up Saturday as part of the Beantown Challenge with the 60 meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000 meter race still to be completed. The Beantown Challenge gets underway Saturday at 11 a.m. at Gordon Indoor Track.