Okwelogu Wins Shot Put at Penn Relays

Okwelogu Wins Shot Put at Penn Relays

The win is her second in as many weeks (Gil Talbot).

PHILADELPHIA – Competing for the final time before the 2016 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, Harvard sent student-athletes to the Penn Relays and the Stonehill Invitational, where the No. 10 Crimson women and men combined for four event victories.

Junior Nikki Okwelogu took first in the shot put at the Penn Relays with a toss of 56-3.75 (17.16m). The throw was 10 inches greater than Tennessee's Cassie Wertman, and is her second victory in as many weeks after taking first at the UVA Challenge a week ago.

Harvard also got career-best performances from freshman Kieran Tuntivate in the 3,000 steeplechase, with a time of 9:20.87, and sophomore Fiona Davis in the 10,000, clocking in at 37:01.38. Tuntivate bested his previous career-best by nearly 30 seconds.

At the Stonehill Invitational, Harvard secured victories from senior Malik Epps, sophomore Tomoya Hasegawa and junior Joshua Whitener. Epps led a 1-2-3 charge in the 800 with a time of 1:53.40, a career-best, while junior Thomas Negron (1:54.07) and freshman Liam Hackett (1:56.60) took second and third, respectively. Both times represent career-bests.

Hasegawa darted to first in the 100 meters with a time of 11.26 seconds, topping his previous career-best, while senior David Gawlas took third in 11.30. Whitener, meanwhile, collected top honors with a toss of 178-7 (54.43m) in the hammer throw.

In the hurdles, freshman Mitch Valko took second in the 110s, clocking in at 15.10, while freshman Garrett Rouser finished second in the 400 hurdles in 56.08. Freshman Nathan Williams took second in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:51.44, setting a new personal record in the process.

The Harvard women also competed at the Stonehill Invite, led by freshman Miranda Sadler. Sadler wound up second in the 800 meters with a time of 2:13.25, setting a career-best.

The Crimson sets off for Princeton for the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships May 7-8. The second day will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.