BOSTON, Mass. – The Harvard men's and women's track and field teams opened the 2016-17 indoor season today at Boston University in a non-scoring event, with several members of both teams with standout performances.
Sophomore Gabby Thomas set a new school record in the 300m dash with a time of 38.03, finishing second overall while Micah Meekins (4th, 38.96), Zoe Hughes (7th, 40.21), and Karina Joiner (11th, 40.58) also won their heats in the event. Meekins' time was a new personal record and ranks fourth all-time in school history.
The Harvard women placed three qualifiers in the 60m hurdles final – Karina Joiner, Jade Miller and Livia Gauntlett (4th best qualifying time). Joiner finished third in the final in 8.78, a time that ranks 10th all-time in school history.
On the men's side in the same event, Harvard's Jay Hebert had the best time (8.21) in the preliminary round of the 60m hurdles, then won the final in 8.18.
Harvard sprinters had a standout day overall with Gabby Thomas (7.52) and Ngozi Musa (7.61) winning heats in the 60m, and Thomas taking the top spot in the final (7.55). Musa (7.64) finished third.
In the 200m dash, Musa's 24.75 finish in the first heat was the fastest time of the day, a new personal record, and the fastest indoor time in the event for Sierra Leone.
On the men's side in the 300m, Harvard placed two among the top 10 finishers, including James Heckendorn, who set a new school record in 34.48 and Alexander Moore (34.73), who also finished faster than the old school mark.
Harvard placed the top 4 finishers in the 1000m run, with Myles Marshall leading the way in 2:24.96, the fifth fastest time in Harvard history in the event. Jonas Aranda finished second in 2:25.85 (9th fastest in school history), with Thomas Negron (3rd, 2:26.15) and Michael Kolor (4th, 2:26.29) finishing side by side.
In the high jump, on the women's side Reagan Nizdil placed second with a jump of 1.70 meters. On the men's side, Donagh Mahon cleared 1.95m, finishing third to top all Harvard finishers.
Senior captain Andrew Roney cleared 4.80m in the pole vault, good for third, while Ian West took sixth place clearing 4.65m. On the women's side, Marlena Sabatino cleared 3.50m to finish second, while Nicole Trenchard took fourth place, also clearing 3.50m.
In the long jump, Anthony DeNitto finished in third place with a jump of 7.00m (22 feet, 11.75 inches).
In the throws, Allison Rabe (18th) had the best showing in the shotput at 10.60m, while Martha Kebeh (15th) was tops in the weight throw at 12:45m.
Harvard indoor track and field takes a break until Jan. 14, 2016 when it will host the Harvard Multi Meet.