Track & Field Records Plethora of Top Results at Southern Tier Collegiate Invite

Track & Field Records Plethora of Top Results at Southern Tier Collegiate Invite

Eight Crimson student-athletes tallied victories at the Cornell-hosted event (Gil Talbot).              

ITHACA, N.Y. – Competing in Cornell's Southern Tier Collegiate Invite, Harvard track and field posted nine event victories and a plethora of top-three results in its first action of 2016. Teams from Harvard, Cornell, Binghamton, Buffalo, Ithaca College, LeMoyne and St. John Fisher were represented in the meet.

Freshman Gabby Thomas led the Crimson with victories in the 60- and 200-meter runs, posting times of 7.54 and 24.68 seconds, respectively. Both marks were season bests for the Florance, Massachusetts native. Senior Autumne Franklin picked up the victory in the 60m hurdles, marking her second triumph in as many meets this season. Franklin crossed the stripe in 8.63 seconds, which is her top mark of 2015-16. Freshman Ngozi Muza punctuated the sprint events for Harvard with a third-place finish in the 60 meters.

The women's middle and long distance runners were a force to be reckoned with, as seniors Kieran Gallagher and Emma Payne scored victories in the 1,000- and 3,000-meter races. Gallagher was racing in her first meet of the season, and stopped the clock at 2:54.57. Payne recorded a new personal best with a time of 10:05.36 in the 3,000m, and picked up the win by over five seconds. Freshman Malia Ellington, senior Christi Scott and junior Madeleine Ankyelhi also posted top-three results for the Crimson.

The women's 4x400 relay team, comprised of Gallagher, juniors Jackie Modesett and Jade Miller and freshman Anna Sulger, pulled away from the competition to finish with a first-place time of 3:54.77.

In the field events, junior Raegan Nizdil claimed top honors in the high jump after successfully clearing 5-8 (1.73 meters). Nizdil was the only competitor to successfully clear 5-8, doing so on her first attempt, in the second-best jump of her career.

On the men's side, Harvard earned a pair of victories in the distance events as junior Brandon Price and sophomore Jonas Aranda secured first-place finishes in the mile and 1,000-meter runs, respectively. Price held on for the triumph in the one-mile race with a time of 4:16.69 while Aranda's personal best 2:32.82 pace was good for the top result in the 1,000.

Freshman Myles Marshall, sophomore Alexander Moore and junior Thomas Negron tallied top-three finishes in the sprint and middle distance events, led by Marshall's second-place result in the 500 meters. The first-year runner posted a personal best time of 1:04.93 in the event. Moore took home third place in the 200 meters in 22.81 seconds while Negron's pace of 1:58.23 in the 800 meters was also good for third overall.

Sophomore Jay Hebert took third place in the 60-meter hurdles, clocking in at 8.24 seconds. A tight finish, Hebert finished just .02 seconds back from the first spot.

Freshman Ian West claimed third in the pole vault, while classmate Taylor Gill placed fourth. Both competitors cleared 15-3 (4.65 meters), though West edged Gill with two fewer misses throughout the event. Both marks were collegiate-bests for the first-year pole vaulters.

In total, Harvard had 16 performances that qualified for competition in the ECAC/IC4A Championships later this winter. The Crimson track and field team returns to action with a pair of home meets Jan. 15-16 at Gordon Indoor Track. The Harvard Multi-Meet is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 15, while the Beantown Challenge is slated for Saturday, Jan. 16. The latter event will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.