Indoor Track and Field Concludes Excellent First Day of 2015 Heptagonal Championships

Indoor Track and Field Concludes Excellent First Day of 2015 Heptagonal Championships

Taylor DuPont finished runner-up in the weight throw finals (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The opening day of the 2015 Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track and Field Championships came to a conclusion late Saturday afternoon with Harvard having posted a new meet record in one event, while resetting a number of personal records.

The meet record mentioned above fell early in the day, as Harvard's Danielle Barbian sprinted her way to the 60 meter dash Heps record. Barbian, who set the Ivy League's record in the event with a 7.41 time earlier this season, clocked in at 7.43 Saturday, one-tenth of a second faster than her Heps Championships record she set last year. Fellow senior Ashley Collinsworth will join her in the finals tomorrow after running a 7.44.

Barbian also qualified for the finals in the 200 meter dash, posting the fourth-best time at 24.52.

Freshman Malcom Johnson advanced to the men's final in the 60 meter dash. He registered the second-fastest time on Saturday, finishing in 6.83.

Johnson also advanced in the 200 meter dash, racing the second-best time of 22.10. Freshman Matthew Hurst will join him after running the day's fourth-fastest mark of 22.17.

In the early field events, Taylor DuPont collected eight points for the Crimson with a runner-up showing in the weight throw. The senior reached a mark of 53-7.50 (16.34 meters), out-throwing point-scorers from Columbia, Brown and Yale.

The women's pentathlon concluded with Madison Hansen earning Harvard six points with a third-place finish. Hansen capped day one with a thrilling performance in the 800 meter portion, racing to second place.

The men's 3,000 meter finals were run Saturday, with Brandon Price capturing fifth. The Harvard sophomore inked a new personal record, stopping the clock in 8:12.27.

Erika Veidis will head into Sunday's 800 meter finals as the top-seed, after leading the event with a 2:10.14 performance, more than a full second faster than the second-fastest qualifying mark.

Similarly at 1,000 meters, sophomore Sarah Gillespie will lead the field into Sunday after her prelim time of 2:49.86 proved to be the fastest. That time also set a new personal record for Gillespie. Junior Kieran Gallagher also qualified for Sunday's final placing 3rd in her heat.

A trio of women's Crimson hurdlers will be in action Sunday, after posting qualifying times Saturday. Meet record holder Autumne Franklin turned in a time of 8.53, tops among all competitors. Joining her is Sunday's final will be Jackie Modesett, with the third fastest time Saturday of 8.60, and Madison Hansen, who ran a personal best at 8.78.

Franklin will also be in action in the 400 meter finals, after she posted a personal-best in the 400 meter prelims. Her time of 55.44 was just .25 off the fastest of the day.

Harvard's men also posted the fastest time in the 60 meter hurdles. Jarvis Harris sped his way to a 7.93 time, three-hundredths of a second off the meet record and fast enough for a new personal best.

Two Harvard freshmen advanced to the finals in the men's 400 meter race. Matthew Hurst ran his quickest time of the season at 48.75, while Andrew Bolze stopped the clock at 49.23.

In the one mile prelims, the Crimson's Molly Renfer and Paige Kouba clocked in with top-six times to earn spots in the finals. Renfer's time of 4:50.86 was the third-fastest on the day, while Kouba ranked sixth with a 4:51.36 time.

Connor Reck will represent the Harvard men in the one mile race finals after running a 4:07.95 to finish with the fifth fastest time of the day.

Senior Gabrielle Scott punched her ticket to the finals in the 500 meter prelims, crossing the line in 1:14.60, the fourth-best time.

Championship Sunday gets underway at 11 a.m. and a live stream will be available for fans on the Ivy League Digital Network beginning at noon.