Track and Field Notches Two Wins at Weather-Shortened Texas Southern Relays

Photo courtesy of Tim O'Dowd
Photo courtesy of Tim O'Dowd
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Autumne Franklin won the 400 meter hurdles at the TSU Relays

HOUSTON  - Despite inclement weather shortening the 64th Annual Texas Southern Relays, the Harvard track and field team began the spring season on a high note with two victories on women's side.

Senior Hannah Mayer opened the season on a high note, dominating the javelin event. Her winning throw of 157-01 (47.87 meters) was more than 20 feet further than the runner-up throw. Megan McHugh took fourth in the event. On the men's side, sophomore Richard Bradley claimed third, firing the javelin 190-01 (57.93 meters). Freshman Andrew Connolly came in fifth.

On the track, junior Autumne Franklin earned the top spot on the podium in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 58.71. Sophomore Jackie Modesett also had a good showing, crossing in 1:00.08, good for fifth place. Senior Jarvis Harris sped his way to fourth on the men's side, clocking in at 54.25.

Harvard and Texas Southern led the pack in the women's 1,600 meter sprint medley, but at the finish line the host Tigers edged the Crimson by one one-hundredth of a second. Despite finishing second, Harvard's squad of Ashley Collinsworth, Autumne Franklin, Christi Scott and Paige Kouba ran the second-fastest time in school history at 3:55.90.

Malcolm Johnson, Ahmed Obed, Matthew Hurst and Connor Reck raced their way to fourth in the men's sprint medley relay, coming in at 3:26.42.

Picking up where she left off in the indoor season, Danielle Barbian sprinted her way to a second place finish in the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.84.

Andrew Roney led the Crimson in the pole vault. The sophomore cleared a height of 15-07 (4.75), earning second place.

Picking up another runner-up honor for Harvard was sophomore Raegan Nizdil in the high jump. She cleared 5-7.75 (1.72 meters), while senior Ann Giebelhaus finished in a five-way tie for third.

Harvard was represented well in the hammer throw, with Taylor DuPont recording a toss of 165-06 (50.45 meters) on the women's side, while Josh Whitner hit a distance of 179-11 (54.84 meters) in the men's event. Both student-athletes took fourth overall.

The Crimson continues competition in the Lone Star State on March 25, competing in the Texas Relays in Austin. Harvard will also send a small contingent to compete at the Tufts Snowflake Classic on March 28.