Relay Team Success Boasts Well for Track and Field on First Day of Penn Relays

Relay Team Success Boasts Well for Track and Field on First Day of Penn Relays

Christi Scott helped both the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams advance to the finals (Gil Talbot).

PHILADELPHIA – The Harvard track and field team concluded the first of three days at the Penn Relays with its 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams earning spots in the respective finals of their events.

The first track event of the day saw Harvard's women's 4x100 meter relay squad qualify for Friday afternoon's ECAC Finals. Ashley Collinsworth, Jade Miller, Christi Scott and Danielle Barbian posted a top-25 overall time at 47.44 and were one of nine squads to earn a spot in Friday's ECAC Finals at 1:07 p.m.

Evening competition continued with a second relay team, the women's 4x400 meter relay clinching a spot in the finals on Saturday. Miller, Madison Hansen, Gabrielle Scott and C. Scott combined to post a time of 3:46.80, advancing to the final on Saturday at 5:35 p.m.

In individual competition, junior Paige Kouba re-wrote her own school record in the 3,000 meter steeplechase for the second week in a row. With a time of 10:26.93, she bested her previous best by over a second and captured first place in the loaded field.

In early field competition, senior Ann Giebelhaus captured a top-10 finish in the collegiate high jump. Giebelhaus cleared 5-6 (1.68 meters) to earn eighth in the event.

Track competition continued in the evening with Nephat Maritim clocking in with a personal best in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. At 9:21.28, Maritim claimed 11th in the Olympic development event.

Freshman Elianna Shwayder had a breakout performance in the 5,000 meter. With a time of 16:44.26, she beat her previous best in the event by over 25 seconds. Another rookie on the men's side led the Crimson, as Ben Huffman took 16th in the event.

The day concluded with the men's and women's 10,000 meter races. Junior Chris Allen grinded out a 10th-place finish on the men's side, while classmate Emma Payne took 17th in the competitive women's event.

Action for Harvard picks back up at 9 a.m. Friday morning with the men's 400 meter hurdles championship and continues until the women's sprint medley relay scheduled for 6:20 p.m.