Indoor Track and Field Rewrites Program and Ivy League Record Books on Day One of Terrier Classic

Indoor Track and Field Rewrites Program and Ivy League Record Books on Day One of Terrier Classic

Jade Miller broke her own record in the 500 meter race Friday (Harvard Athletic Communications).

BOSTON – Highlighted by Jade Miller's record-setting performance in the 500 meter race, and a handful of program and Ivy League top-10 performances, the Harvard indoor track and field team completed a successful first day at the Terrier Classic Friday.

Miller topped her own school record in the 500 meter by .43, crossing the line in 1:12.71 to finish as the top collegiate runner and second overall. Her time is also the ninth fastest in Ivy League history and the best in the conference this season.

The Crimson women also found a wealth of the success at the 60 meter distance. Senior Ashley Collinsworth came away the victor in the 60 meter dash with a mark of 7.61, edging runners from Morgan State and Boston University by .04. With the hurdles on the course, sophomore Jackie Modesett sped her way to a time of 8.74, the fastest collegiate mark and second overall.

Also earning the podium's top spot on the day was senior Erika Veidis. Competing against top talent in the 800 meter run, Veidis beat Fordham's Titi Fagade by just under one second to win the race in a time of 2:05.80. That mark is the fourth-fastest in program history and the second fastest time in nation to date. Senior Gabrielle Scott (2:11.02) and junior Kieran Gallagher (2:11.28) each set new personal records in the events to take sixth and eighth, respectively.

In the 200 meter dash, senior Danielle Barbian set a personal-best mark for the second straight week. On Friday at BU, Barbian clocked in at 24.38 beating her Lobo Collegiate time of 24.46. She claimed fifth in the event. Her 24.38 time is good for 10th-best in Ivy League history and third in the program ranks. Collinsworth and Christi Scott also had outstanding races in the 200 meter dash, earning the fourth and fifth fastest times in Harvard history at 24.50 and 24.70, respectively.

Another personal record fell in the one mile race, as Paige Kouba improved her best time with a 4:47.44 performance, the fifth-fastest mark in Harvard lore. 

The Crimson put a pair of quartets in the top-six of the 4x400 meter relay. Claiming fourth was the team of Christi Scott, Gabrielle Scott, Miller and Veidis, crossing with a time of 3:46.80, while Madison Hansen, Modesett, Collinsworth and Kieran Gallagher took sixth in 3:48.07.

In the longest event of the day, senior Whitney Thornburg raced her way to a new personal best in the 5,000 meter race. Thornburg posted a time of 16:37.73, 20 seconds faster than her previous personal record and the fifth-fastest on Harvard's all-time list. Courtney Smith also found a spot in the 5,000 meter record book, registering the ninth-best time ever at 16:51.49.

The field events saw Reagan Nizdil reach the mark of 5'7" (1.70 meters) in the high jump to come away with fourth place.

Day two of the Terrier Classic continues Saturday, Jan. 31 at 10:45 a.m.