Three Meets on the Docket for Track and Field this Week

Three Meets on the Docket for Track and Field this Week

Jackie Modesett will compete at the Texas Relays this week (Gil Talbot).


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With its first weekend of competition in the outdoor season behind it, the Harvard track and field team will send a small contingent of athletes to two meets this week. Beginning Wednesday, March 25, a small group of the women's team will compete in the 87th Clyde Littlefied Texas Relays in Austin. That event will run through Saturday, March 28, the same day the Crimson will send another small group of competitor to the Tufts Snowflake Classic. Harvard will also send four athletes to the Raleigh Relays Friday, March 27.

Senior Hannah Mayer and junior Autumne Franklin posted victories at the Texas Southern Relays to highlight the Crimson's trip to Houston. Mayer dominated the javelin, winning the event by more than 20 feet with a throw of 157-01. Franklin earned her win in the 400 meter hurdles event, clocking in with a time of 58.71.

Harvard added eight more top-five finishes at the event, including runner-up showings from the women's 1,600 sprint medley relay, Danielle Barbian in the 200 meter dash, Andrew Roney in the pole vault and Raegan Nizdil in the high jump.

2015 marks the 88th running of the Clyde Littlefied Texas Relays. Mike A. Myers Stadium will serve as the host of the event from March 25-28. All related links to the event can be found at the Meet Headquarters page HERE.

Six competitors are set to represent the Crimson in Austin. Madison Hansen will be the first in action, competing in the Heptathlon Wednesday and Thursday. The preliminary rounds of the 400 hurdles and the 800 meter race are scheduled for Thursday afternoon. Franklin and Jackie Modesett will be on the track for the 4:30 p.m. 400 meter hurdles, with Gabrielle Scott racing in the 800 meter event at 7:05 p.m.

Prelims continue Friday morning with Harvard competing in three events at 9:35 a.m. Franklin and Modesett take to the hurdles again at 100 meters, Danielle Barbian and Ashley Collinsworth compete in the 100 meter dash and the 4x400 meter team races.

Friday evening sees the finals get underway with the 400 hurdles at 6:55 p.m. and the sprint medley relay at 7:05 p.m. Competition for the Crimson wraps up Saturday afternoon with the finals of the 100 meter at 2:55 p.m, the 200 meter dash at 3:55 p.m. and the 4x400 meter at 4:05 p.m.

The Longhorn Network will provide 15 hours of coverage of the event, including 12 live hours. Below is the broadcast schedule.

-Wednesday, March 25: 6-7:30 p.m. (tape delay of multi-events)
-Thursday, March 26: 4:30-6 p.m. (tape delay of multi-events); 6-9 p.m.
-Friday, March 27: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 7-9 p.m.
-Saturday, March 28: 1-5 p.m.

Harvard will also send a small contingent of athletes to nearby Medford, Massachusetts to compete in Saturday's Tufts Snowflake Classic. At last year's event, Kieran Gallagher posted a winning time of 2:13.32 in the 800 meter race, while Whitney Thornburg captured the 10,000 meter title. Emma Payne also had a strong showing, taking runner-up honors in the 5,000 meter race.

Current junior Konrad Surkont is the lone returning men's student-athlete that competed at last year's Snowflake Classic, taking sixth in the 1,500 meter event.

Four student-athletes will also compete in the 5,000 meter events at the Raleigh Relays in North Carolina Friday, March 27.  Tom Purnell and Dan Milechman will race for the men, while Whitney Thornburg and Courtney Smith will represent the Crimson women.