Indoor Track and Field Readies to Host Annual H-Y-P Meet

Indoor Track and Field Readies to Host Annual H-Y-P Meet




Will Geiken and the Crimson host the H-Y-P meet Saturday (Harvard Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard indoor track and field welcomes Yale and Princeton to Cambridge this weekend, as it hosts the annual H-Y-P meet this Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Gordon Indoor Track. The event, which represents the final regular season competition for the Crimson, begins at 11 a.m. with the field events. The running events commence at 12:30 p.m.

Meet History
The men from the three schools have competed almost every year since 1953, with the exception of the 2002, 2003 and 2004 seasons in which Princeton did not compete. In total, the Crimson, Tigers and Bulldogs have squared off 60 times with Princeton winning the event 29 times, Harvard has 20 victories and Yale has been the victor on 11 occasions.

The women have competed each year since 1979 with the Tigers leading the way with 21 wins. Harvard's women have 14 wins, including last season's triumph, while Yale has just two victories.

A Look Back
Harvard's women foreshadowed its Heps title at last year's H-Y-P meet, accumulating 69 points to best Princeton's 48.5 and Yale's 41.5. The win was the first for the Crimson since 2009, halting Princeton's four-year win streak. Harvard's men downed Yale for the fifth-straight season, 54-26, but fell to Princeton's 89 points.

New Look History Books
The record books at Harvard and the Ivy League have underwent a significant rewriting this year thanks to the outstanding performances by Harvard student-athletes. Danielle Barbian and Nikki Okwelogu broke their own Ancient Eight records at the Crimson Elite meet last week. Barbian posted a new top time in the 60 meter dash, finishing in 7.41, while Okwelogu tossed the shot put 53-9.25 (16.39 meters). Barbian and Ashley Collinsworth also ran the two fastest 55 meter dash times in program lore at the Crimson Elite meet, crossing in 6.89 and 7.08.

Autumne Franklin, Jade Miller and Erika Veidis have etched their names in the women's record books. Franklin broke the program's 300 meter record, 38.99, and has the second fastest time in the 60 meter hurdles at 8.43. That time is the best in the Ivy League this year. Miller clocked the second-fastest time at 300 meters and has put her name atop the rankings at 500 meters with a time of 1:12.71. Veidis has the fastest Ivy League times at 800 and 1,000 meters. Her 2:46.71 time in the 1,000 meter race is a program best, while her 2:05.80 time in the 800 meter race is the best in the conference by over two seconds.

Competing at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, the women's distance medley relay squad posted a Harvard record and Ivy League best time this season at 11:22.53.

On the men's side, freshman Malcolm Johnson enters the H-Y-P meet with the Ivy League's fastest times in the 60 meter and 200 meter dashes. His 6.75 mark at 60 meters and 21.62 time at 200 meters are the second-best times in program history. Connor Reck holds the League's top time this year in the 800 meter, crossing in 1:50.78 at the Beantown Challenge. Senior Will Geiken also enters the weekend with the top mark in the 5,000 meter race. At the Terrier Invitational, Geiken finished in 14:16.99, the fifth-fastest time in Harvard history. Jarvis Harris' 7.96 mark in the 60 meter hurdles is the fastest a Harvard runner has accomplished and the second-best in the Ancient Eight this year. Freshman Matt Hurst set the program record in the 300 meter race at the BU Season Opener, crossing in 35.16.

Scouting Princeton
The Tiger men have found the most success in the jumps, posting the best distances in the Ivy League in the pole vault, long jump and triple jump this year. Princeton will also look to challenge in the sprints, as Carrington Akkosa has run the second-fastest times in the 60 and 200 meter dashes. In the 4x800 meter relay, the Tigers have the best time in the League, posting a 7:25.07 at the Penn State Relays.

Princeton's women have the best marks in the Ivy League in three events thus far. Julia Ratcliff has a weight throw distance of 65-5.5 (19.95 meters) to her credit, Megan Curham is the League leader at 5,000 meters with a time of 16:24.53 and Cecilia Barowski's time of 1:12.21 in the 500 meter race is tops.

Scouting Yale
Marc-Andre Alexandre has the lone top mark by a Yale competitor this season. His time of 47.91 in the 400 meter race at the Terrier Invitational is the fastest in the Ancient Eight.