Ashley Collinsworth and the Crimson open the outdoor season at the TSU Relays Friday (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard track and field heads outdoors for the first time in 2015, opening the schedule at the Texas Southern Relays in Houston, Texas. The Crimson has opened its spring schedule in the Lone Star State each year since 1988.
Harvard's women won its third straight Ivy League Heptagonal Championship, posting a program record 125 points at Gordon Indoor Track. Danielle Barbian was named the Track Performer of the Meet after winning the 60 and 200 meter races. Nikki Okwelogu made it a clean sweep of the major awards on the women's side, as her record-setting performance in the shot put earned her Field Performer of the Meet Honors. Okwelogu capped her indoor season with a trip to the NCAA Championships where she earned first team All-America honors with a sixth-place finish and another record throw of 56-6 (17.22 meters).
Barbian's 60 meter time of 7.40 topped the Ivy League record books, while her 200 meter time of 24.03 was a new school best. Autumne Franklin won the 60 meter hurdles for the third straight season, setting a new meet record with a time of 8.41. Harvard's 4x800 meter squad of Paige Kouba, Molly Renfer, Erika Veidis and Gabrielle Scott also collected first team All-Ivy League honors.
Harvard's men came away with fifth at Heps, registering a team score of 65. Jarvis Harris and Efe Uwaifo helped pace the Crimson, each picking up first team All-Ivy League accolades for the second straight year. Harris won the 60 meter hurdles, while Uwaifo captured the triple jump title.
The success of the women's team also earned the coaching staff post-season recognition. Jason Saretsky, The William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country, was named the USTFCCCA Northeast Region Women's Coach of the Year, while associate head coach Kebba Tolbert was named Assistant Coach of the Year.
LAST YEAR AT TSU RELAYS
The men excelled in the field events last season, winning the discus, hammer, shot put and pole vault at TSU. Current senior Ben Glauser was the victor in the hammer throw, while sophomore Andrew Roney took first overall in the shot put.
In the sprints, Harvard women won the 100 meter dash and the 4x100 meter relay. Danielle Barbian ran a record-pace in the 100 meter at 11.65, a time she would top later in the season, while Ashley Collinsowrth, Sylvia Deppen, Franklin and Barbian finished atop the podium in the relay.
The Crimson are next in action from March 25-28 at the Texas Relays in Austin.