Women’s Track & Field Leads After Day One of Heptagonal Championships

Women’s Track & Field Leads After Day One of Heptagonal Championships

Thomas secured a victory in the long jump to score 10 points for the Crimson (Sideline Photos/The Ivy League).

ITHACA, N.Y. –  A handful of events went final on day one of the Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships, led by an individual victory for Gabby Thomas in the long jump. Harvard track and field also had a host of student-athletes reach the finals in a variety of events.

Thomas led the day with a leap of 18-9 (5.71 meters) in the long jump, besting Columbia's Anna Williams by three inches to claim the title. Thomas also advanced to the finals with the top seed mark in the 200 meters (24.01) and the third-fastest time in the 60 meters (7.52). Freshman Ngozi Musa enters Sunday's competition as the top-ranked runner in the 60 meters, posting a time of 7.49 seconds in the preliminaries.

Courtney Smith took third in the 3,000 meters, earning six points with a time of 9:17.10. The time set a new career-best for the sophomore, and is the second-fastest run in school history.

Putting up a dominant performance in the 60 meter hurdles, the Crimson had four runners advance to the finals. Junior Jackie Modesett led the way with a time of 8.55 seconds, setting a new season-best, while senior Autumne Franklin (8.59) and juniors Jade Miller (8.60) and Sylvia Deppen (8.72) also qualified for the Sunday showdown.

The women's team placed two on the podium in the pole vault, led by a third-place performance from senior Lexie Schachne (12-5.5, 3.80 meters) and a fifth-place effort from freshman Nicole Trenchard (12-1.5, 3.70 meters). The height for Schachne was a career-best and tied for fourth in Harvard history.

Madison Hansen placed third in the Pentathlon, scoring 3,746 points to earn six points for the Crimson. Senior Allison Morrison also wound up on the podium after placing fifth with 3,713 points.

"It was great to see our men and women compete so well on day one," said Jason Saretsky, the William W. 'Bill' McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country. "We were able to get almost everyone we expected through to the finals and we are in a great position heading into today's competition."

On the men's side, senior Malcolm Mason Rodriguez scored four points with a fourth-place finish in the long jump (23-5.25, 7.14 meters). The mark was a season-best for Mason Rodriguez. Andrew Roney also tallied a point for the Crimson, taking sixth in the pole vault after successfully clearing 16-0.75 (4.90 meters). The mark tied a season-high for Roney.

A handful of runners advanced to the finals in a variety of events, led by freshman Myles Marshall's fourth-place finish in the 800 meters (1:53.88). Max Mondelli (60m, 6.97), Gabe Montague (mile, 4:16.39) and Jay Hebert (60m HH, 8.14) also advanced to their respective finals.

Day two of the Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships begins at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28. The meet will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.