Harvard looks for strong performances at UVA and MIT as regular season winds down (Brian Panoff).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The regular season for the Harvard track and field team enters its second-to-last weekend with the UVA Challenge and MIT Sean Collier Invite on the schedule. The UVA Challenge, a two-day event beginning Friday, April 17 at 10 a.m. in Charlottesville, Virginia, will be held at Lannigan Field. MIT's Sean Collier Invite will get underway Saturday, April 18 at 10 a.m. at Steinbrenner Stadium.
LAST TIME OUT
Harvard hosted Yale at McCurdy Outdoor Track last Saturday in the Oxford Cambridge Qualifier Meet. Harvard's women recorded its eighth-straight win over its archrival, while the Crimson men extended its win streak to five years.
After a record-setting indoor season, thrower Nikki Okwelogu has continued to showcase her talents during the outdoor season. With a distance of 54-4.75 (16.58 meters) in the shot put, the sophomore set a new program benchmark in the event. The throw was also the third-best in Ivy League history. On the track, Danielle Barbian and Ashley Collinsworth took the top two spots in the 100 meter dash, with Collinsworth going on to win the 200 meter. Harvard also earned top honors in the 110 and 400 meter hurdles, with Jackie Modesett winning the shorter distance and Jade Miller crossing first in the 400 meter.
The men's fifth consecutive win over the Bulldogs was highlighted by a dominant performance in the 100 meter dash. Malcolm Johnson led a Crimson contingent that claimed the top seven spots in the event. Sophomore Efe Uwaifo had an exceptional day, winning the long and triple jumps as an individual before jumping on the 4x100 meter relay squad for his third win of the meet. Harvard's success in the field extended to the throwing events, as Julian Nunally won the shot put and discus and Richard Bradley secured first in the javelin.
A total of 42 events, with over 1,300 athletes from 35 schools, are scheduled for the action-packed UVA Challenge. A significant number of NCAA qualifiers and All-Americans from last year's NCAA Championships will grace Lannigan Field, including Harvard's Jade Miller, a second team All-America selection, in the 400 meter hurdles. The Crimson's first competitor is scheduled to be Taylor DuPont in the women's hammer throw at 10 a.m. Friday. Barbian and Collinsworth wrap up day one action in the 100 meter dash at 8:55 p.m. Saturday picks back up with Elianna Shwayder, Lizzy Thomas and Courtney Smith racing in the women's 5,000 meter at 9:40 a.m. and closes with Will Geiken representing Harvard in the men's 10,000 meter at 9:30 p.m.
In Beantown on Saturday, competition at the MIT Sean Collier Invite commences at 10:15 a.m. with the 10,000 meter race. Field events begin at 11 a.m. with the discus.
Two meets next weekend bring the regular season to a close for Harvard. On Thursday, April 23, Harvard will start competition at the historic Penn Relays in Philadelphia. The weekend closes with members of the Crimson taking the track in Providence, Rhode Island at the Brown Springtime Invitational.