Thomas, Smith Score Victories at Rod McCravy Memorial

Thomas, Smith Score Victories at Rod McCravy Memorial

Harvard's teams combined for eight top-five finishes (Gil Talbot).

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Competing in a field that featured eight ranked opponents, Harvard track and field scored a pair of victories from freshman Gabby Thomas and sophomore Courtney Smith at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet, hosted by Kentucky.

Thomas blazed to victory in the 200 meters with a time of 23.44 seconds, breaking Ivy League and Harvard records in the process. The first-year runner set a personal-best, and her time is currently the fifth-fastest in the country and the best mark among freshman sprinters. Thomas also set a new personal best in the 60 meters (7.44), and edged classmate Ngozi Musa for sixth overall by .03 seconds. The 60-meter time from Thomas was the second-best in Ivy history.

Competing for the first time in 2016, Smith pulled away to claim the 3,000-meter run by over six seconds in a career-best 9:21.35. Her mark is the sixth-fastest run in the country, and fourth-fastest in Harvard history.

Harvard's 4x400 relay team of Thomas, Miller, senior Autumne Franklin and junior Jackie Modesett placed third overall, crossing the stripe in a school-record 3:38.02. The time was the third-best in Ancient Eight history. Senior Paige Kouba took fourth in the mile race, recording a season-best time of 4:49.92. In the throws, junior Nikki Okwelogu took seventh in the shot put with a throw of 50-7.25 (15.42 meters).

Junior Jade Miller and senior Emma Payne collected second-place finishes with strong results in the 600 yards and 5,000 meters, respectfully. Miller tallied a new personal record in the 600-yard race, posting a time of 1:23.17, while Payne obliterated her previous best by more than 23 seconds at 17:14.12.

Freshman Myles Marshall led the Crimson men with a Harvard-record time of 1:49.35 in the 800 meters.  The time was good for fifth overall, and is the eighth-best mark in the country. Marshall also holds the second-fastest mark among first-year runners.

Sophomore Louis Colson took fourth in the mile run in 4:14.50, while freshman Kieran Tuntivate placed eighth (4:16.64). Colson placed second in his heat in came within a second of setting a new personal record. Tuntivate, meanwhile, followed up his victory a week ago with a personal best.

In the jumps, seniors Spencer Lemons and Malcolm Mason Rodriguez tallied a pair of top-10 results in the high jump and triple jump, respectively. Lemons successfully cleared 6-4.25 (1.94 meters) to take seventh overall, while Mason Rodriguez took sixth with a season-best mark of 47-7 (14.50 meters). Mason Rodriguez also took 12th in the long jump (21-11.5, 6.69 meters).

Juniors Julian Nunally and Josh Whitener registered top-10 results in the throws. Nunally launched the shot put 54-5.5 (16.60 meters) to take ninth while Whitener finished 10th in the weight throw with a toss of 56-6 (17.22 meters).

Harvard also competed at the Joe Donahue Games at the Reggie Lewis Center, hosted by Northeastern. The Crimson tallied a pair of top-10 results in the men's pole vault from freshman Ian West and junior Andrew Roney. West and Roney each cleared 15-9 (4.80 meters) to place sixth and seventh overall, with West edging Roney by virtue of missing fewer times. West's mark equaled a season-best.

Senior Chris Allen paced the Crimson in the running events, placing fifth in the mile run with a time of 4:17.25. His mark bested a previous career-high by more than four seconds.

On the women's side, freshman Nicole Trenchard and senior Lexie Schachne finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the pole vault after clearing 11-9.75 (3.60 meters). The mark was a career-best for both student-athletes.

Junior Sylvia Deppen posted a pair of top-10 finishes, taking fifth in the 60 meter hurdles (8.86) and eighth in the 200 meters (25.54). The latter set a new career-best.high

The Crimson also received top-10 performances from sophomore Lucia Alexander (eighth) in the high jump and junior Haley Baker (ninth) in the long jump. Alexander set a new personal best with a mark of 5-3.25 (1.61 meters) while Baker jumped to 18-3 (5.56 meters).

Harvard track and field travels to Staten Island to compete in the annual Harvard-Princeton-Yale meet on Friday, Jan. 29, hosted by Princeton.