CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The historic Harvard-Yale rivalry will feature the next chapter in the lengthy history Saturday when the Crimson track and field team hosts the Bulldogs at McCurdy Outdoor Track. The hammer throw, long jump and pole vault events kick off competition at 12:30 p.m. Running events open at 1:30 p.m. with the 4x100 meter relays.
Saturday's dual meet between the Crimson men and Elis will serve as the 113th meeting of a tradition that first began in 1891 with Harvard coming out on top, 85-27. Since that first meet, Harvard has racked up a 63-48-1 advantage on its archrival, bolstered by 20 straight wins from 1964-85 and victories in each of the last four years.
Harvard's women also won the very first dual meet encounter against Yale in 1978 by a score of 76-51. The Crimson has won each of the last seven meets, the longest such streak by either team, and holds a 25-11 all-time series edge.
The Crimson men and women can also boast the largest margins of victory. In 1978, the Harvard men posted a 130-32 (98 points) triumph, while the women's 1992 win by a margin of 106-34 (76 points) has proved to be the largest.
This year's Harvard-Yale dual meet has increased significance as it serves as the qualifying meet to determine which student-athletes will travel to England in June to compete against a combined team from Oxford and Cambridge. For the men, Harvard-Yale versus Oxford-Cambridge has been contested 41 times since 1899, while the women's event has been competed 17 times since 1981.
LAST TIME OUT
Harvard was represented well at both the Florida Relays and Sam Howell Invite last weekend. The Florida Relays provides an early-season opportunity for the best athletes from around the country to compete, and the Crimson excelled in a number of events, highlighted by Jarvis Harris posting the new No. 1 time in school history in the 110 meter hurdles at 14.05. Harvard's middle-distance runners shined, with Molly Renfer, Paige Kouba and Sarah Gillespie all finishing in the top-10 in the women's event, while Connor Reck took ninth in the men's race.
In Princeton, New Jersey at the Sam Howell Invite, field athletes Joshua Whitener (hammer), Matt Miller (pole vault) and Julian Nunally (shot put) each recorded new personal bests.
A LOOK BACK
Harvard's men's and women's teams combined for 27 victories to defeat Yale on both sides. The men's fourth-straight win came by a score of 104-34 and the women's seventh-consecutive victory came via an 87-53 score.
Harris and Autumne Franklin each won two events. Harris dominated the hurdles at 110 and 400 meters and Franklin took the 100 and 200 meter hurdles. Harvard's women captured the top four spots in the 100 meter hurdles. In the field, the Crimson took four of the top five shots in the shot put, led by Ben Glauser, who also won the hammer throw.
Harvard will split up next weekend with the UVA Challenge and MIT Challenge on the schedule.