Jarvis Harris set the new 110 meter hurdles record Friday (Tim O'Dowd).
GAINESVILLE, Fla. & PRINCETON, N.J. – The Harvard track and field team wrapped up the first day of competition at the Florida Relays and Sam Howell Invite with a number of great performances, as well as a new school record in the 110 meter hurdles by Jarvis Harris.
Featuring a great deal of the nation's top talent in each event, the Florida Relays is an early season proving ground for the best athletes. Among the top performances for the Crimson was Harris in the 110 and 400 meter hurdles. Harris' 110 time of 14.05 proved to be a new school record, beating the previous mark of 14.14. In the 400 meter hurdles, he earned a time of 53.69.
The high level of competition carried into the longer distances as Harvard's five men's and women's 1,500 meter student-athletes each posted top times. For the women, Molly Renfer, Paige Kouba and Sarah Gillespie all finished in the top-10. Renfer led the way with a fifth-place finish, clocking in at 4:22.48. Kouba was right behind her in sixth with a time of 4:25.66, while Gillespie captured 10th at 4:26.49. In the men's race, Connor Reck motored his way to a ninth-place showing with a personal best time of 3:49.39. Nephat Maratim also registered a new personal record with his time of 3:52.91 to claim 18th.
In the field, javelin thrower Hannah Mayer shined with a sixth-place finish with a 159-2.0 (48.52 meters).
Harvard also showed well in the 800 meter races. Jonas Aranda finished with a time of 1:51.94, while Kieran Gallagher's time of 2:13.06 in the women's 800 meters was good for third fastest this year.
Freshman Malcolm Johnson competed in the 100 meter event for the first time this spring, punching the clock at 10.92, only the second Ivy Leaguer under 11.00 this year. Classmate Matt Hurst competed in the 400 meter race, finishing in 48.78.
Heading north up the east coast, Joshua Whitener highlighted Harvard's best performances at the Sam Howell Invite. Besting his previous personal record by over six feet, Whitener took second in the men's hammer, reaching a distance of 195-9.0 (59.71 meters). Freshman Matt Miller also PR'd in the pole vault, clearing a height of 15-5.0 (4.70 meters) to claim fourth.
On the track, distance runners Elianna Shwayder and Emma Payne both finished in the top-11. Shwayder found herself in seventh with a speedy time of 17:10.11, while Payne set a new personal best with a 17:37.42 to take 11th. In the men's 1,500 meter race, Gabe Montague captured 10th with a time of 3:55.95.
Harvard continues competition at both meets Saturday.