Slew of Personal Records Reset as Indoor Track and Field Concludes Terrier Classic

Photo courtesy of Matt Houde
Photo courtesy of Matt Houde

Thomas Purnell and the Crimson completed a very successful weekend at the Terrier Classic Saturday (Tim O'Dowd).

BOSTON – In the second day of the Terrier Classic, the Harvard men's indoor track and field team rewrote a number of personal records to conclude a dominant weekend.

"This was a great weekend for our women's and men's teams," said Jason Saretsky, the William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country. "I was really pleased with a number of the performances, and it bodes well for what is still to come. We have a lot of work to do between now and Heps, but this season is shaping up to be an excellent one for the Crimson."

The one mile event saw the Crimson shine, as a trio of Harvard student-athletes set new personal records. Junior Thomas Purnell ran Harvard's fourth-fastest time with a 4:02.75 mark. Connor Reck and Jonas Aranda were close behind with their best times. Reck came in at 4:05.60, while Aranda finished at 4:06.86, placing them ninth and 10th all-time, respectively.

The 200 meter race was another in which three Crimson cracked the all-time program record book. Malcom Johnson's 21.62 mark is the second-fastest time in program lore, while Matthew Hurst's 21.74 is good for fourth. Breaking into the record book at 10th was Alexander Moore with a time of 22.11.

Hurst and Aranda were also two legs of the Crimson's 4x400 meter relay squad that finished in the top-10 with a time of 3:16.39. Andrew Bolze and Alexander Moore ran the middle legs for Harvard in the event.

Harvard had three strong performances in the 800 meter race, with Billy Looney leading the way with a 1:52.64 time. Thomas Negron and Daniel Alpert both clocked collegiate personal bests at 1:55.15 and 1:55.47, respectively.

Looney also notched a new personal best in the 500 meter race. His time of 1:05.38 was .35 faster than his previous top mark.

Another personal record was set in the 3,000 meter run, as Daniel Milechman recorded an 8:10.88, over seven seconds faster than his previous best mark.

The 5,000 meter race witnessed another Crimson personal record going down, as Will Geiken finished the day's longest event in 14:16.99.

The 60 meter hurdles saw Jay Hebert capture sixth place, sprinting to a time of 8.26.

In the field events, Matthew Miller reached a new personal best in the pole vault at 14-11.0 (4.55 meters).

Harvard has a pair meets on the docket next weekend, hosting the Crimson Elite Meet on Friday, Feb. 6 before heading back to BU for the Scarlet and White Meet on Saturday, Feb. 7.