Okwelogu Sets Ivy League Shot Put Record; Indoor Track and Field Claims Second at H-Y-P Meet

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

Nikki Okwelogu became the first female in Ivy League history to eclipse 54 feet in the shot put Saturday (Tim O'Dowd).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's and women's indoor track teams won a combined eight events, but took runner-up honors to Princeton Saturday at the H-Y-P meet. Princeton's men finished with 125 points, while Harvard collected 36 and Yale ended with 22. On the women's side, the Tigers tallied 87 points, with Harvard registering 54 and Yale finished third with 41.

In the women's field events, the Crimson finished first or second in five events, highlighted by sophomore Nikki Okwelogu breaking her own Ivy League record in the shot put. Okwelogu reached a mark of 54-2.0 (16.51 meters) to give Harvard the win in the event. It was the first toss of 54 feet in Ancient Eight history. The Crimson also found the podium's top spot in the triple jump with Floriane Kameni leaping 38-4.76 (11.7 meters).

Harvard also took runner-up accolades in the weight throw, high jump and long jump. Taylor DuPont's toss of 55-1.5 (16.8 meters) in the weight throw was good for second. Allison Morrison posted a personal best in the long jump, reaching 18-0.25 (5.49 meters), while Raegan Nizdil's high jump of 5-7.0 (1.70 meters) earned her second as well.

The men's field events saw sophomore Josh Whitener claim the top spot in the weight throw with a toss of 60-5.0 (18.41 meters). Efe Uwaifo brought home second in the triple jump with a 50-4.75 (15.36m) leap. In the pole vault, Matt Miller notched a new personal best, clearing 15-3.0 (4.65 meters).

On the track, it was another successful day for Harvard women's sprinters. The Crimson earned the top three spots in the 60 meter hurdles and the top two in the 60 meter dash. Autumne Franklin garnered the win in the hurdles, crossing in 8.61. Jackie Modesett took second in the event with a time of 8.75 and Madison Hansen claimed third, clocking in at 8.96. It was Danielle Barbian capturing top honors in the 60 meter dash, sprinting to a time of 7.51, while Ashley Collinsworth finished in 7.60.

Christi Scott registered a victory in the 200 meter dash, winning the event with a time of 24.89. Harvard's 4x440 yard relay squad was also victorious, as the quartet of C. Scott, Franklin, Collinsworth and Gabrielle Scott raced to a time of 3:45.92.

Sarah Gillespie clinched third in the one mile race with a mark of 4:54.36, while Molly Renfer took home fourth in the 800 meter with a 2:15.02 time.

Harvard's lone win on the track in the men's events came in the 3,000 meter race, as Thomas Purnell took home the victory with a time of 8:08.67. Jarvis Harris clocked in at 8.11 in the 60 meter hurdles to claim third.

The Crimson also picked up second-place honors in the 800 and 1,000 meter races. Jonas Aranda ran the 800 meter race in 1:50.89, a personal best and the sixth-best time in Harvard history. Thomas Negron and Gabe Montague finished third and fourth in the event for Harvard. Connor Reck earned runner-up accolades in the 1,000 meter with a 2:30.13 time.

The 8x880 yard relay team of Nephat Maratim, Aranda, Billy Looney and Reck notched second with a time of 7:40.75. Maratim also posted a personal record in the one mile race, finishing in 4:10.75 to take third, while Ahmed Obed claimed third for Harvard in the 200 meter race.

Harvard will be off from competition next weekend before hosting the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships at Gordon Indoor Track February 28 – March 1.