Malcolm Johnson competed in two relays Saturday (Gil Talbot).
GAINESVILLE, Fla. & PRINCETON, N.J. – Harvard track and field brought its weekend of competition to a close Saturday. The Crimson relay teams and a pair of field athletes competed with the best in the nation at the Florida Relays, while three student-athletes matched or set new personal bests at the Sam Howell Invite.
In the women's high jump, Raegan Nizdil went up and over 5-6.0 (1.68 meters) to finish in a five-way tie for ninth. The men's pole vault saw sophomore Andrew Roney clear 15-3.0 (4.65 meters).
A young 4x100 meter relay squad that featured freshmen Malcom Johnson, Matt Hurst, Alexander Moore and senior Jarvis Harris as the third leg, recorded a time of 41.84. Johnson, Hurst and Moore returned to the track for the 4x200 with Harris anchoring the team that posted a 1:26.28 time. Harvard's final relay squad of the day, the distance medley quartet of Billy Looney, Hurst, Nephat Maritim and Connor Reck put together a fourth-place showing with a time of 9:59.35.
In Princeton, New Jersey, Julian Nunally recorded the best shot put throw of his career at 52-5.25 (15.98 meters) to come in sixth. Harvard had a pair of women's pole vaulters tie for the second-highest height cleared. Marlena Sabatino and Lexie Schachne both cleared 11-5.75 (3.50 meters), as did competitors from Columbia and Binghamton. The height matched Schachne's personal best.
Mark Hill took fourth in the 110 meter hurdles, clocking in at 15.21, a new personal best. David Fann was the top Crimson sprinter in the 100 meter dash, finishing in 10th.
At the 800 meter distance, Harvard secured top-five finishes in both the men's and women's races. Sarah Angell came across the finish line in fourth, while Gabe Montague took fifth in the men's event.
Harvard will host its only home meet of the spring next weekend, when Yale visits McCurdy Outdoor Track. The meet will serve as the qualifier for the Oxford-Cambridge meet that dates back to the 1890's.