Indoor Track and Field Wins Three Events at Lobo Collegiate Invitational

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

ALBEQUERQUE, N.M. – Competing against some of the top competition in the nation, Danielle Barbian, Nikki Okwelogu and Ben Glauser each picked up victories for Harvard's indoor track and field team Saturday at the Lobo Collegiate Invitational.

"Today was another important step for our program as we prepare for the Championship part of our season," stated Jason Saretsky, the William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country. "It was great seeing how we matched up against some outstanding competition from outside of our region. We still have a lot of work to do and I'm encouraged by what I have seen so far."

The 60 meter dash saw Barbian match her school and Ivy League record of 7.44 to win the event. Barbian, who set the 60 meter record at last year's Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, beat CSU Northridge's Leshel Vines who crossed with a time of 7.52. Barbian also registered a personal record in the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.46, which also ranks fourth all-time in program history.

In the field events, sophomore Okwelogu won her third consecutive shot put event, winning by .67 meters over Samantha Tayler from Houston. Okwelogu reached a mark of 51-4.25 (15.68 meters) to take top honors.

On the men's side, the Crimson finished first and third in the weight throw. Glauser's toss of 63-7.5 (19.39 meters) proved to be an insurmountable mark, as Houston's Damon Thompson took second with a throw of 62-0.75 (18.61 meters) and sophomore Josh Whitener claimed third with a mark of 60-0.0 (18.29 meters).  Glauser added a fifth-place showing in the shot put with a throw of 54-4.25 (16.57 meters).

Back on the track, Gabrielle Scott earned a third-place finish in the 600 meter run. Autumne Franklin reached the finals of the 60 meter hurdles and took sixth with a time of 8.66. Harvard's relay squad of Madison Hansen, Scott, Jade Miller and Christi Scott came away with runner-up honors in the 4x400 meter relay.

Harvard returns to action next weekend at the Terrier Invite, January 30-31 and will then host the Crimson Elite Meet February 6 at Gordon Track.