Franklin, Okwelogu Lead No. 14 Women’s Track & Field at UVA Challenge

Franklin, Okwelogu Lead No. 14 Women’s Track & Field at UVA Challenge

Okwelogu broke her own meet record in the shot put (Gil Talbot).

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Placing a number of student-athletes in its all-time top-10 lists, Harvard track and field recorded a series of top performances at the UVA Challenge April 22-23 at Lannigan Field.

Junior Nikki Okwelogu tallied a pair of elite performances in the throws, breaking records in both the discus and the shot put. The Fresno, California native topped her own Harvard record in the discus with a toss of 180-8 (55.08m) to place fourth overall. The throw traveled the second-farthest distance in Ivy history. Earlier in the meet, she notched a first-place finish in the shot put at 55-3 (16.84m), breaking her own meet record in the process.

Senior Autumne Franklin dashed to victory in the 400 hurdles, crossing the line in a career-best 55.70 seconds. The time ranks second in the all-time Harvard and Ivy League record books, broke the Lannigan Field and meet records, and is currently the fifth-fastest time in the world. The senior also finished ninth in the 100 hurdles after crossing the stripe in 13.62 seconds. Junior Jade Miller took third in the 400 hurdles in 56.44, and was 22nd in the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.17.

The Harvard 4x100 meter relay tallied the second-fastest time in Harvard and Ivy League history in 45.01 seconds. Taking fourth in the event was freshman Ngozi Musa, seniors Christi Scott and Franklin and Miller. Musa also took 10th in the 100 meters in 11.90 seconds, while Scott took 15th in the 200 after finishing in 24.75 seconds.

Senior Paige Kouba came within .06 seconds of topping her own school record in the 1,500 meters, taking the bronze with a time of 4:16.52. In the heptathlon, senior Allison Morrison posted the third-best mark in program history with 5,042 points. Taking fifth overall, Morrison scored an individual victory in the heptathlon's 800 meter run (2:18.32; personal best).

The men's team also tallied a series of top marks, led by junior Efe Uwaifo's third-place effort in the triple jump. Uwaifo's jump of 52-5.25 is the second-best in Harvard history, and is a personal best. He also took 18th in the 100 meters with a career-best time of 10.81 seconds.

Senior Julian Nunally took second overall in the discus with a personal-best throw of 176-8 (53.86m), which is the sixth-best toss in program history. Nunally later took sixth in the shot put with a mark of 54-5.25 (16.59m).

Freshman Myles Marshall neared a personal record with a fourth-place run in the 800 meters, stopping the clock at 1:48.51. Senior Chris Allen took 12th in the 10,000 meters in 29:54.91, which is the xith-best time in Harvard history. Sophomore Ben Huffman, meanwhile, took 19th in the 5,000 meters in 14:22.39 after claiming victory in his heat to set a new personal record.

Harvard track and field splits for the Penn Relays and Stonehill Invite April 30-May 1 in its final outings before the 2016 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships.