Harvard went 2-3-5 in the women's long jump (Gil Talbot).
PRINCETON, N.J. – Day one of the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships is in the books, and the No. 12 Harvard women's track team is in second place after the opening events went final. The Crimson women tallied 37 points, trailing Princeton by 11 for top honors, while the Crimson men earned four points in the opening day of action.
Junior Nikki Okwelogu broke the Heptagonal Championships record in the discus with a throw of 180-8 (55.06m) to claim first place. The toss approached her career-best, and gave Harvard it's only finals victory of Saturday's action.
"I'm really pleased with the way our men and women competed today," said Jason Saretsky, the William W. 'Bill' McCurdy Director of Track & Field/Cross Country. "We are sitting right about where I thought we would be and are primed for a great second day of competition. It is great that all of our fans will be able to follow the action on either the Ivy League Digital Network or Flotrack tomorrow!"
Harvard scored 18 points in the women's long jump with second-, third- and fifth-place finishes from senior Allison Morrison, freshman Gabby Thomas and junior Haley Baker, respectively. Morrison led the Crimson with a mark of 18-9 (5.71m), while Thomas and Baker finished close behind with jumps of 18-7.75 (5.68m) and 18-3.25 (5.57m).
Harvard claimed a pair of top-five results in the women's pole vault, with senior Lexie Schachne and freshman Nicole Trenchard successfully clearing 12-1.5 (3.70m). Matching her season-best, Schachne secured second-place honors by virtue of fewest misses.
The Crimson women advanced a plethora of student-athletes to event finals, including preliminary victories from Thomas in the 100 and 200 and junior Jade Miller in the 100 hurdles. Miller's time was a career-best, and the third-fastest time in program history.
Thomas and Miller joined senior Autumne Franklin in advancing to the finals in multiple events, while Paige Kouba advanced to the finals in the 1,500. Kouba is searching to become the first student-athlete to win the 1,500 and 3,000 steeplechase. Senior Madison Hansen advanced to the 100 hurdle finals while also competing in the heptathlon, where she is second after three events.
Junior Andrew Roney led the scoring for the Crimson men, putting three points on the board after a fourth-place finish in the pole vault. Roney recorded his best mark of 2016, clearing 16-4.75 (5.00m). Junior Julian Nunally, meanwhile, took sixth in the discus with a mark of 174-3 (53.11m).
Sophomore Jay Hebert posted a career-best in the 110 hurdles, advancing to the finals with a fifth-place finish in 14.34 seconds. The time is the third-fastest in Harvard history.
Freshman Myles Marshall and sophomore Max Mondelli automatically qualified for the finals with top results in the 800- and 200-meter runs, respectively, with times of 1:51.89 and 21.75. Senior Mark Hill, meanwhile, sits third in the decathlon after five events with 3,595 points. Hill finished third in the 100 meters and long jump portions of the event.
The Crimson men also got top-10 results from junior Josh Whitener (hammer; 184-4, 56.18m), senior Chris Allen (10,000; 30:18.14) and sophomore Matt Miller (pole vault; 15-5, 4.70m). Whitener's mark was a season-best, while Miller matched a personal record.
The Crimson women's team will continue its search for its third-straight outdoor Heps championship, while the men will look to shoot up the leaderboards for the first title since 1983. The action will be live on the Ivy League Digital Network.