CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The three-week championship portion of the Harvard indoor track and field schedule get underway Saturday at Gordon Indoor Track, with the Crimson hosting its Ancient Eight comrades for the 2015 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. Competition begins Saturday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. and continues Sunday, March 1.
For fans attending Heps in Cambridge, one or two-day passes can be purchased HERE.
Unable to attend, fans will have the ability to follow the live results provided by Lancer Timing HERE. A live stream will also be available on Sunday beginning at 12 p.m. through the awards ceremony set to begin at 5:15 p.m. A link to the live stream is available HERE.
Harvard's women will be seeking its third straight Heptagonal title this weekend and fifth overall. The Crimson won last year's conference title by a 20-point margin, posting the best point total in program history with 122. Adabelle Ekechukwu '14 garnered Most Outstanding Performer in the field to lead the effort.
In total, Princeton and Cornell have tied for the most women's titles with nine apiece.
On the men's side, Princeton and Cornell have been the teams to beat dating back to 1998. The Tigers have amassed 10 wins since that year, with the Big Red earning the remaining seven, including each of the last two years. Harvard finished third for the second straight year at the 2014 Heps Championships, racking up 95 points, its highest total since 1985.
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 on February 6. 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 8.53. 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 time in the 1,000 meters. Her 2:46.71 time in the 1,000 meter race at the Beantown Challenge is a program best. She also maintained the fastest time in the 800 meter at 2:05.80 until last weekend when Princeton's Cecilia Barowski posted a 2:05.00, setting up for a great race this weekend.
The women's distance medley relay record has been set twice this season. The quartet of Molly Renfer, Franklin, Veidis and Paige Kouba set the new program standard of 11:18.73 at the Alex Wilson Invitational at Notre Dame just one week ago.
On the men's side, freshman Malcolm Johnson enters Heps 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. Senior Will Geiken also enters the weekend with the second-fastest 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.