Myles Marshall set a new personal best in the 800-meter run at the Cardinal Classic. (David Kiefer/Stanford Athletics)
STANFORD, Calif. – The Harvard track and field team sent a large contingent of competitors to California this weekend to compete at the Cardinal Classic hosted by Stanford University in a two-day meet.
Sophomore sprinter Gabby Thomas won the 100-meter dash in 11.39, her second event win of the spring season in the 100 meters. On day 1, Thomas placed second in the long jump, shattering Harvard's previous school record in the event by reaching 20'8". Freshman Simi Fajemisin also continued her impressive debut season at Harvard, placing third in the long jump, by reaching 20'2.25", a mark that was also beyond the previous school record.
In addition, Harvard's 4x100-meter women's relay team ran the second fastest time in Ivy League history, finishing in 44.87.
Other day 2 highlights included Julian Nunally placing third in the shot put with one of his best efforts of the season at 55'4.75". Nunally also placed third in the discus throw at 172'1" Efe Uwaifo also took third place in the triple jump, reaching 50'4.75" on his second jump of the day.
James Heckendorn ran a 47.98 400-meter dash to take 11th place in the event, his fastest time in the event in his four-year career at Harvard. On day 1 of the event, Heckendorn finished eighth in the 200-meter dash in 21.74, another personal best.
In the 1500 meter run, Judy Pendergast finished in 4:26.79. The men's 4x400 meter relay team placed fifth in 3:12.13.
Myles Marshall placed third in the 800-meter run in 1:47.39, running a personal best in the event.
Anthony DeNitto placed seventh in the javelin throw with a toss of 179'4". DeNitto also placed eighth in the long jump (23'3.25")
Nikki Okwelogu placed fifth in the hammer throw with a 169'7" effort, on Day 2 she competed in the discus throw, finishing fourth with a throw of 176'4" On the men's side Josh Whitener placed sixth in the hammer throw with a mark of 174'7"
In long distance events, Elianna Shwayder placed fourth in her second of the 5000-meter run, finishing in 16.41.11. On the men' side, Kieran Tuntivate took 15th with a time of 14:48.37.
Sean Collier Invite (at MIT)
Harvard had several student-athletes compete locally at the Sean Collier Invitational at MIT in challenging weather conditions.
Junior Jonas Aranda had a strong showing in his primary event, placing second in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:54.30.
Freshman Martha Kebeh neared her best marks in the discus throw (105'1") and the hammer throw (135'5"), where she placed 10th and seventh overall respectively.
In other action, sophomore Garret Rouser placed second in the 400-meter hurdles in 57.05.