Track And Field Sets Plethora of Career Records at Crimson Elite Meet

Harvard combined for six event victories (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Competing in its final home meet of the year at Gordon Indoor Track, Harvard track and field  broke records en route to a first-place finish on the men's side, with 77 points, and a second-place result on the women's, with 79 points.

Freshmen Gabby Thomas and Ngozi Musa took second and third in the 60 meters, respectively. Thomas set a Harvard and Ivy record with a time of 7.38 seconds, edging Musa's 7.48 seconds in career-best runs for both sprinters. Musa's time is the fourth-fastest in Harvard history. Thomas completed the day with a victory in the long jump after recording a collegiate-best mark of 18-9.75 (5.73 meters).

Harvard placed three in the top four of the pole vault, led by sophomore Marlena Sabatino's second-place finish and school-record height. Sabatino successfully cleared 12-11.5 (3.95 meters) with a career-best jump, while freshman Nicole Trenchard and senior Lexie Schachne also soared over a career-best height of 12-3.5 (3.75 meters) to take fourth.

Junior Nikki Okwelogu dominated the shot put, taking first place by nearly seven feet. Her toss of 55-7 (16.94 meters) was a season-best.

Senior Autumne Franklin took second in the 60 meter hurdles (8.42 seconds) after being edged at the finish line. Franklin's mark was a season-best, and was .01 seconds off her career-high. Junior Jackie Modesett placed fifth in the event, posting a season-best time of 8.65 seconds.

Allison Morrison ran to third in the 400 meters, crossing the stripe in 59.11 seconds. The time was a career-best for the senior. Sophomore Floriane Kameni also recorded a career-best with a 39-2.25 (11.94 meters) measurement in the triple jump. Kameni took third in the event.

"I was thrilled with the way our men's and women's teams competed in our final home competition of the year," said Jason Saretsky, the William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track & Field/Cross Country. "It was fitting to have such a record setting meet on the same day that we honored the 17 seniors who have played such a pivotal role in the transformation of our program."

The Crimson men tallied top results in the jumps, with seniors Spencer Lemons and Malcolm Mason Rodriguez and junior Efe Uwaifo claiming first place. Lemons was the only competitor to successfully clear 6-6.25 (1.99 meters), tying a season-high. Mason Rodriguez won with a season-best mark of 23-1.25 (7.04 meters) in the long jump while Uwaifo, competing for the first time in 2016, jumped to 50-5.5 (15.38 meters) in the triple jump.

Sophomore Jay Hebert dashed to first place in the 60 meter hurdles, crossing the stripe in a career-best 8.12 seconds. The time is the second-best in Harvard history. Sophomore Alexander Moore placed second in the 400 meters, clocking in at 49.88 seconds, while Max Mondelli finished fourth in the 60 meters in 6.92 seconds. Both marks were collegiate-bests for the sprinters.

In the weight throw, junior Josh Whitener took third with a toss of 58-3.75 (17.77). Sophomore Matthew Miller and junior Andrew Roney successfully cleared 15-1 (4.60 meters) in the pole vault.

Freshman Nicky Maxwell made NCAA history in the 60 meters as the first organization-cleared runner with a prosthetic to compete at the collegiate level. Maxwell clocked in at a career-best 9.01 seconds.

The Crimson resumes its schedule on Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Scarlet and White Invitational, hosted by Boston University.