Track and Field Readies for IC4A/ECAC Championships

Track and Field Readies for IC4A/ECAC Championships

Jarvis Harris is coming off a Heps title in the 400 meter hurdles (Greg Carroccio/The Ivy League).


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard track and field team will send a small contingent of student-athletes to Princeton this weekend to compete in the 2015 IC4A/ECAC Championships at Weaver Stadium.

Harvard will be represented by 13 athletes in New Jersey. Saturday's field events get underway at 10 a.m. with Ben Glauser and Josh Whitener competing in the men's hammer throw. At noon, Elliot Safo and Hannah Mayer begin competition in the long jump and javelin, respectively, before Marlena Sabatino wraps up field action for the Crimson Saturday in the pole vault at 3 p.m.

The Crimson will also take on the field in three hurdles events and the women's 200 meter dash on the track. At 11:05 a.m., Jarvis Harris takes off in the 110 meter hurdles trials. In the afternoon, Jackie Modesett is scheduled to compete in her first event of the day, the 100 meter hurdles trials, at 3:25 p.m. Modesett, along with Autumne Franklin and Jade Miller, return to the track at 5:05 p.m. for the 400 meter hurdles trials. Saturday for the Crimson comes to a close with Christi Scott in the women's 200 meter trials.

Sunday competition picks up at 11 a.m. with Andrew Roney in the men's pole vault and Efe Uwaifo in the triple jump. Raegan Nizdil goes in the high jump at 12:30 p.m. The finals of the running events are scheduled as follows: men's 110 meter hurdles – 12:40 p.m., women's 100 meter hurdles – 12:50 p.m., women's 400 meter hurdles – 1:55 p.m. and the women's 200 meter dash – 2:15 p.m.

Harvard's women are coming off their second-straight Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championship. The Crimson posted a 39-point margin over runner-up Princeton, finishing with 157 points. Harvard took home six individual crowns, including the two captured by Field Performer of the Meet, Nikki Okwelogu, in the shot put and discus. Okwelogu broke the conference record in the shot put (56-10, 17.32 meters) and had the second-longest throw in the discus (176-5, 53.78 meters). Her shot put throw ranks as the sixth-best in the nation. Also winning events at Heps and earning All-Ivy League first team recognition were: Danielle Barbian (100 meters), Autumne Franklin (100 meter hurdles), Madison Hansen (heptathlon) and Jade Miller (400 meter hurdles). Franklin and Miller also helped the Crimson's 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay squads take runner-up honors.

The men posted a sixth-place showing with 56.50 points. Harris garnered the men's lone title and first team All-Ivy League honor as the winner of the 400 meter hurdles. His time of 51.10 set a new personal best and ranks as the third-fastest in school history. Uwaifo earned a spot on the All-Ivy League second team with his second-place finish in the triple jump.

Harvard will have the following 10 days off following the conclusion of the IC4A/ECAC Championships to prepare for the NCAA East Preliminary meet to be held in Jacksonville, Florida from May 28-30.