Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Capture Second at H-Y-P

Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Capture Second at H-Y-P

The two squads combined for seven event victories (Gil Talbot).

NEW YORK – Competing on Staten Island at the annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton (HYP) meet, the Crimson men's and women's track and field teams each captured second place. The women's squad earned 62 points while the men's team tallied 39.

Continuing the successful start to her collegiate career, freshman Gabby Thomas was the only Crimson student-athlete to record victories in two events. Thomas opened the meet with a victory in the 60 meters with a time of 7.51 seconds to edge classmate Ngozi Musa's 7.56-second dash. Thomas later triumphed in the triple jump (39-7.25, 12.07 meters), setting a new collegiate-best in the process.

Musa's day was far from over after the 60 meters, as the freshman sprinted to victory in the 200 meters with a time of 24.80 seconds, a personal best. The mark is the eighth-fastest in Harvard history.

Junior Nikki Okwelogu recorded the largest margin of victory on the day, earning the win in the shot put by nearly 14 feet. Okwelogu's throw of 54-8.75 (16.68 meters) was her best of the season.

Senior Autumne Franklin and junior Jade Miller raced to a 1-2 finish in the 400 meters, with Franklin earning the victory after clocking in at a career-best 54.39 seconds. The winning time from the senior was the third-fastest in Harvard history. Miller also set a new personal record at 54.89 to finish second.

Junior Jackie Modesett ran to victory in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.77 seconds. Modesett posted the meet's quickest time in both the preliminaries and the final round.

In the pole vault, sophomore Marlena Sabatino cleared 12-9.5 (3.90 meters) to claim second place. Her mark was a career-best and came within 0.5 inches of tying the school record. Junior Raegan Nizdil earned three points for the Crimson in the high jump with a second-place mark of 5-3 (1.60 meters), while classmate Haley Baker tallied two points after taking third in the long jump (17-9.75, 5.43 meters).

Sophomore Jay Hebert scored the Crimson's only victory on the men's side, crossing the stripe first in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.16 seconds. A career-best, Hebert's time is tied for the second-best in Harvard history.

A week removed from breaking the program record in the 800 meters, freshman Myles Marshall posted a career-best 1:03.34 in the 500 meters to take second overall. The time was good to tie for third in the Crimson record book.

Juniors Brandon Price and Josh Whitener and senior Malcolm Mason Rodriguez finished second for the Crimson in the 3,000 meters, weight throw, long jump and triple jump, respectively. Price crossed the line in 8:15.35 in the 3,000, Whitener set a new season-best with a 58-10 (17.93 meters) toss in the weight throw and Mason Rodriguez set new season standards with a jump of 22-2.25 (6.76 meters) in the long jump and 48-4.75 (14.75 meters) in the triple.

The men's 4x800 meter relay team also raced to second in the eight-fastest run in Harvard history. The team of Jonas Aranda, Marshall, Malik Epps and Gabe Montague combined for a time of 7:39.59.

Harvard tallied a plethora of third-place performances in a variety of events. Sophomore Max Mondelli (60 meters, 6.95), Aranda (800 meters, 1:53.06), Epps (1,000 meters, 2:29.78) and senior Spencer Lemons (high jump, 6-5, 1.96 meters) each placed third and were the top Harvard finisher in their respective events. The marks from Mondelli and Epps were collegiate-bests.

Harvard's squad returns home to compete in the Crimson Elite meet Friday, Feb. 5 and the Scarlet and White Invitational Saturday, Jan. 6 at Boston University. The home meet will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.