HOUSTON, Texas – The Harvard track and field team opened up the outdoor season at the Cougar Spring Break Invitational, hosted by the University of Houston at Tom Tellez Track. In a non-team scoring meet, there were several individual standouts for the Crimson.
In the final field event of the day, senior Julian Nunally won the discus throw by a large margin, reaching 54.81 meters on his third throw of the competition. That mark was Nunally's best career effort in the event and the third best throw in program history. Earlier in the day, Nunally placed fifth in the shot put, clearing 16 meters in his first outdoor meet of the year (16.30m)
Senior Nikki Okwelogu won both the shot put (15.82 meters) and the discus earlier in the day with a throw of 49.02 meters on her second attempt. Okwelogu placed fifth in the hammer throw (50.49m).
Freshman Karina Joiner won the 400-meter hurdles, finishing in 1:01.88. On the men's side, Jacob McLennan placed second in 54.24.
Harvard placed 2-3-4 in the women's 100-meter hurdles with Livia Gauntlett (14.02), Jade Miller (14.10), and Karina Joiner (14.12) finishing side by side in the same heat.
In the 200-meter dash, on the women's side, senior Jade Miller had the best time of all Harvard competitors, placing fourth with a time of 24.64. On the men's side, junior Alexander Moore (22.01) and junior Matthew Hurst (22.07) placed seventh and eighth, finishing side by side in their heat.
Freshman Simi Fajemisin placed third in the long jump, reaching 5.80m on her final jump of the day. Sophomore Nicole Trenchard placed second in the javelin throw (34.55m), while freshman Ian West placed second in the pole vault, clearing 4.75 meters.
Junior Gabe Montague, in his debut in the 3,000-meters outdoors, won the event in 8:54.31.
Competing in the 2000-meter steeplechase, freshman Will Battershill finished in 6:03.72.
Sophomore Nicole Trenchard placed fourth in the pole vault, clearing 3.55 meters.
Harvard will continue its spring trip to Texas by competing at the Texas Southern Relays over the next two days (March 17-18).