Women’s 4x100 Victory Exemplifies Strong Second Day at Penn Relays for Track and Field

Women’s 4x100 Victory Exemplifies Strong Second Day at Penn Relays for Track and Field

Tom Purnell anchored the men's distance medley squad Friday (Tim O'Dowd).

PHILADELPHIA – Competition at Franklin Field at the 121st Penn Relays continued Friday with Harvard's women's victorious 4x100 meter relay highlighting five top-10 finishes on the day for the Crimson.

Harvard's 4x100 meter relay team made a statement with its solid margin of victory in the ECAC Finals. The quartet of Ashley Collinsworth, Jade Miller, Christi Scott and Danielle Barbian sprinted their way to a first-place finish in a time of 46.05. That mark was .45 faster than the second-place team from Albany and was also the fourth-fastest in program history.

Three of the four members of the 4x100 team also performed well in the sprint medley relay Friday evening. C. Scott, Barbian, Miller and anchor Sarah Gillespie edged out Maryland for eighth place with a finishing time of 3:57.65, the fourth-fastest time in Harvard history.

Another Harvard women's relay team, the shuttle hurdles squad of Jackie Modesett, Allison Morrison, Madison Hansen and Miller, garnered a fifth-place finish with a time of 59.10. On the men's side, Harvard's distance medley relay team of Gabe Montague, Alexander Moore, Jonas Aranda and Tom Purnell finished in 10th.

The top-five finishes continued for Harvard in the men's pole vault. Sophomore Andrew Roney went up and over 15-9 (4.80 meters) to earn fifth in the event. Freshman Matt Miller also competed in the men's collegiate pole vault, clearing 14-9 (4.50 meters).

Harvard placed a pair of sprinters in the top-20 of the women's 100 meter dash. Danielle Barbian sped her way to an 11.90 time, while fellow senior Ashley Collinsworth was right behind with a time of 11.94.

Jarvis Harris captured a top-20 finish in the 110 meter hurdles, punching the clock at 14.43.

Saturday marks the final day of competition at the Penn Relays. Harvard competitors begin action at 9 a.m. with Efe Uwaifo in the men's triple jump. The Crimson will also have Molly Renfer in the Olympic mile, Josh Whitener in the hammer throw, as well as the women's 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams in action.

Taylor DuPont also had a standout performance in the hammer throw at the 2015 Triton Invitational in San Diego. DuPont eclipsed her previous best throw in the event by over two feet, reaching 172-0.5 (52.44 meters).

Additionally, sophomore Nikki Okwelogu posted a new top distance in a college meet in the discus. With a throw of 170-11.25 (52.10 meters) she came away with a 12th-place finish.