Track & Field Tallies Five Victories at TCU Invitational

Track & Field Tallies Five Victories at TCU Invitational

Harvard broke the program record in the 4x100 meter relay (Gil Talbot).

FORT WORTH, Texas – Opening the outdoor season at the TCU Invitational, Harvard track and field posted five victories March 17-18 at Lowdon Stadium.

Freshman Gabby Thomas scored a victory in the 100 meter dash, pulling away from the competition with a career-best time of 11.39 seconds. The time would have set an Ivy League record had it not been wind-aided. Thomas also took sixth in the 200 meters, breaking the school record previously held by Danielle Barbian '15, while classmate Ngozi Musa took sixth in the 100 (11.66) in a career-best time. Musa's time was not wind-aided, and is the second best in Harvard history and third best in the Ivy League.

"Records continue to fall for the Crimson and this was a great start of the outdoor season for both our men's and women's teams.  We have had a hard week of training down in Houston and it was great to see those who competed build on the success we had this indoor season," said the William W. 'Bill' McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country, Jason Saretsky.

Senior Autumne Franklin and junior Jade Miller finished in the top two slots in the 400 meter hurdles, crossing the line in 57.79 and 58.06 seconds, respectively, to beat the rest of the field by more than a second. The duo also finished ninth (13.93) and 12th (14.11) in the 100 meter hurdles, while junior Jackie Modesett took 10th (13.96).

The Crimson women's relay teams captured top honors in the 4x100 and 4x400 meters, posting times of 44.85 and 3:50.39. Harvard tallied a new program and Ivy League record in the 4x100.

Junior Nikki Okwelogu had a terrific meet in the throws, winning the discus and placing second in the shot put. Okwelogu's top result in the discus (177-4, 54.06m) was three feet farther than the second place finisher, and broke her own school record by 11 inches.  The Fresno, California native posted a mark of 55-10.25 (17.02 meters) in the shot put.

Junior Brandon Price tallied the top result on the men's side, ending up second in the 1500 with a personal-best time of 3:50.32. Freshman Myles Marshall ran to a time of 47.70 seconds in the 400 meters, taking third overall. The time is the eighth-best in program history. Sophomore Jay Hebert took fourth in the 110 meter hurdles after clocking in at 14.58 seconds.

In the field events, junior Brett Henderson took second in the javelin after a throw of 201-10 (61.53m). Junior Julian Nunally captured fourth in the shot put with a distance of 55-6.25 (16.92m), setting a new personal best for the outdoor season. Senior Spencer Lemons also earned a fourth-place result, leaping over 6-6.75 (2.00m) in the high jump.

Harvard resumes its outdoor schedule with the Raleigh Relays and UMass Lowell Invitational March 25-26.