Florida Relays, Sam Howell Invite Up Next for Track and Field

Jarvis Harris is scheduled to compete in two individual events and two relays at the Florida Relays (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard track and field team will split up again this weekend to compete in a pair of meets. Harvard will send part of its team to Gainesville, Florida to compete in the Florida Relays, while a larger contingent will head to Princeton, New Jersey for the Sam Howell Invite. Both events will run Friday, April 3 – Saturday, April 4.

The Crimson was represented at a trio of meets last week. At the nationally-competitive Texas Relays, Harvard posted a slew of stand-out finishes. Madison Hansen set a new personal record in the heptathlon with a score of 5,210, Autumne Franklin captured a top-three finish in the 400 meter hurdles and Danielle Barbian clocked in with two speedy performances in the 100 and 200 meter open invitationals.

In North Carolina, four distance runner were in action, with Whitney Thornburg posting the 10th-fastest time in Harvard history in the 5,000 meter race, 16:34.61, while Thomas Purnell finished seventh overall on the men's side.

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Back in the Northeast, Harvard runners swept the men's and women's 3,000 meter races at the Tufts Snowflake Classic. Elianna Shwayder won the women's race by over 30 seconds, while Tyler Spear won the men's event.

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The Pepsi Florida Relays were contested for the first time in 1939 and each year since with the exception of 1942-46 and 2006. James G. Pressly Stadium and Percy Board Track, the home of University of Florida track and field, serves as the host location for the Florida Relays.

Harvard's women excelled at last year's Relays. Danielle Barbian and Ashley Collinsworth each broke the previous school record in the 100 meter dash, while the sprint medley, 4x100 and 4x200 meter relays squads each set new school records.

Competition on both days will be shown on ESPN3. Links for each day are below.


A total of 29 schools will be represented at the Sam Howell Invite held at Princeton's Weaver Stadium.

A year ago, the Crimson earned wins in the men's and women's 10,000 meter races. James Leakos '14 led the way for the men, as Harvard swept the top-three spots. Classmate Kurt Ruegg took second, while current senior Will Geiken crossed in third. Viviana Hanley paced the women, winning by over 1:30.

A week from Saturday, the Crimson will host Yale at the McCurdy Outdoor Track in the Oxford/Cambridge qualifier to determine which athletes will travel to Oxford, England at the end of June for the historic meet between the for schools.