Championship Season Begins with Ivy League Heptagonals for Track and Field

Championship Season Begins with Ivy League Heptagonals for Track and Field

Harvard seeks Ivy League titles this weekend at Heptagonal Championships at Penn (Brian Panoff).


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard track and field team returns to Philadelphia for the second time this spring, as the Crimson will meet its Ancient Eight comrades at Franklin Field at Penn for the 2015 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships Saturday and Sunday, May 9-10.

Saturday's competition gets underway at 11 a.m. with the first event of the decathlon and the women's hammer throw. The first track event, the women's 100 meter hurdles, is set for 1 p.m. Sunday's action gets going at 10 a.m. with the continuation of the decathlon and heptathlon. The first field event, the men's high jump, is set for 11 a.m., while the women's 3,000 meter steeplechase starts the track events at noon.

Championship Sunday will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Harvard at Heps
Harvard's women made history last season, winning the second conference title in program history. Harvard tallied 162 points to top Dartmouth's 149 total. The Crimson's only other conference title since first competing in 1979 came in 1990 when it scored 131 points to beat runner-up Brown.

The Crimson men are owners of 10 Ivy League Heptagonal titles since the first running of the meet in 1935. Harvard came away victorious in that inaugural contest, while its most recent championship came in 1983.

A Look Back
The women's 2014 championship effort was highlighted by five event victories. Harvard took the top spot on the podium in the 100 meter hurdles (Autumne Franklin), 400 meter hurdles (Jade Miller), 800 meter race (Erika Veidis), the shot put (Nikki Okwelogu) and the 4x100 meter relay (Ashley Collinsworth, Miller, Franklin and Danielle Barbian).

Harvard's men put up a third-place score of 109 at last year's Heps Championship, the first time since the 1983 title it scored in triple digits. The Crimson men excelled in the field events, as Elliot Safo broke a 93-year old school record to capture the long jump title, while Ben Glauser earned gold in the hammer throw and Dean Sullivan won the javelin title.

Last Time Out
Harvard last competed two weeks ago at the Penn Relays at Franklin Field and at the Brown Springtime Invitational in Providence. Competing in front of 49,820 fans at the Penn Relays, the Crimson shined on the big stage. Paige Kouba broke her own school record in the 3,000 meter steeplechase to win the event and the 4x100 meter squad of Collinsworth, Miller, Christi Scott and Barbian came away victorious with the fourth-fastest time in program history. At Brown, the Crimson put together a great team performance, notching six victories overall.

Up Next
Championship season continues for the Crimson next weekend at the IC4A/ECAC Championships in Princeton, N.J.