Two Wins at Tufts Snowflake Classic and Excellent Performance in Texas Highlight Saturday Track and Field Competition

Photo courtesy of Brian Panoff
Photo courtesy of Brian Panoff

Danielle Barbian had two stellar runs in 100 and 200 meter races at the Texas Relays Saturday (Brian Panoff).

AUSTIN, TEXAS & MEDFORD, Mass. – The Harvard track and field team wrapped up a busy week of competition around the country Saturday with senior Danielle Barbian posting two standout performances at the Texas Relays, while two of her teammates earned victories at the Tufts Snowflake Classic.

Barbian, invited to compete in the 100 meter dash invitational Friday evening, made her presence felt Saturday afternoon. Competing as the only collegiate athlete in the event, Barbian locked up fourth with a time of 11.46. The time is faster than both the Harvard and Ivy League records, but was wind-aided at +3.7. It is still the fifth-fastest time in the nation this season. She then went on to post a time of 24.15 in the 200 meter dash, which would qualify as the second-fastest time in program history, but was wind-aided at +4.6, over the NCAA allowable limit.

Back on the East Coast, the Crimson produced winners in both the men's and women's 3,000 meter races at Tufts. Winning by a mammoth distance, Elianna Shwayder clocked in at 10:00.24, over 30 seconds faster than the runner-up. Her counterpart, Tyler Spear registered a time of 8:52.62 to claim the men's crown by over nine seconds.

At the 1,500 meter distance, Ben Huffman was narrowly edged for the top spot, claiming runner-up accolades with a mark of 4:04.20. On the women's side, Harvard placed a trio of runners in the top-10, with Annika Gompers, Sarah Angell and Lizzy Thomas all finishing among the top runners in the event.

On the schedule next for Harvard is the Sam Howell Invite at Princeton and the Florida Relays. Both meets will run from April 3-4.

In addition to the current Harvard student-athletes competing, a former Crimson was in action on the other side of the globe, as Maksim Korolev '14 competed in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Guiyang, China. Going up against the best cross country runners in the world, Korolev finished in 57th place.