Harvard competed at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet, one of the top collegiate indoor meets in the nation. (Courtesy of Kentucky Athletics)
LEXINGTON, KY. – Highlighted by several record breaking performances, Harvard track and field competed at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet hosted by the University of Kentucky, of the top collegiate meets of the indoor season.
"We had a number of outstanding performances from our men and women at both meets that we competed in this weekend," said The William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Jason Saretsky. "I'm excited for us to continue to build on the hard work we've been putting in as we continue to prepare for the championship part of our schedule."
In women's sprints and middle distance, Harvard recorded several top performances. On Day 2 (Jan. 21), senior Jade Miller shattered her own school record in the 600-yard run, taking third place overall in 1:20.53. Sophomore sprinter Gabby Thomas finished third overall in the 200 meter dash, recording the second fastest indoor time in Harvard history (23.63).
On the men's side, sophomore Myles Marshall finished third in the 800-meter run, breaking his own school record by clocking in with a 1:48.17 finish. On Day 1, freshman Jacob McClennan finished ninth in the 600-yard run in 1:13.28.
In distance events, freshman Judy Pendergast made her indoor debut in the 3000-meter run, finishing fifth in 9:25.16, the sixth fastest time in school history in the event.
Freshman Zoe Hughes had an excellent showing in the pentathlon, placing fourth overall with 3,759 points, including top-three finishes in the long jump (2nd, 5.51m), high jump (3rd, 1.67m), and 60-meter hurdles (3rd, 8.86 seconds). The score was the fourth-highest women's pentathlon mark in school history.
In field events, senior Nikki Okwelogu took sixth in the shotput with a throw of 15.93m, while on the men's side Efe Uwaifo finished fourth in the triple jump, as his 15.43m effort was the fifth best indoor jump in Harvard history.
In relays, the Harvard women's 4x400-meter team - Gabby Thomas, Jade Miller, Karina Joiner and Zoe Hughes - finished 9th in 3:43.06, the fourth fastest time in school history, On the men's side in the same event, Harvard's relay team - James Heckendorn, Myles Marshall, Jacob McLennan, and Alexander Moore - placed 12th with a time of 3:16.39, also the fourth fastest time in Harvard history.
JOE DONAHUE GAMES
On Friday afternoon, Harvard sent select student-athletes to the Joe Donahue Games, hosted by Northeastern at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.
Harvard recorded five event wins, including three by the Crimson men's team in field events. Sophomore Ian West cleared 5.06m in the pole vault for his second consecutive win, setting a new personal record and recording the third best mark in school history. Freshman Donagh Mahon won the men's high jump, clearing 2.03m, the 9th best jump in school history, which also matched the meet record. Freshman Anthony DeNitto won the long jump, clearing 6.98m on his third jump of the day.
Freshman Gunnar Allison finished third in the weight throw, as his first effort of the competition cleared 15.54m.
On the women's side, junior Marlena Sabatino won the women's pole vault by clearing 3.75m on her first try. Junior Floriane Kameni finished third in the long jump with a 5.60m effort on her third jump of the competition.
In track events, sophomore Miranda Sadler won the 800-meter run in 2:17.68. Freshman Livia Gauntlett took third place in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing in 8.81 seconds in the final. Senior Sylvia Deppen finished fifth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.76.
Harvard will once again split next weekend, competing at The Big Apple Challenge hosted by Columbia at The Armory on Jan. 27-28 and The Terrier Classic at Boston University on the same dates.