Gabby Thomas set a school record in the 60-meter dash with her 7.25 time in the preliminaries. (Courtesy Ivy League)
HANOVER, N.H. – It did not take long for history to be made for Harvard track and field at the Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships, hosted by Dartmouth at Leverone Field House.
Junior captain Gabby Thomas had a strong start to the Indoor Heps meet, winning her heat in the 60-meter dash with a school, Ivy, and Ivy Heps record time of 7.25 in her signature event. Olivia Okoli (7.52) and Ngozi Musa (7.62) also qualified for the Sunday final. Thomas placed second in the women's long jump (19'6.75"), just ahead of teammate Simi Fajemisin, who took third with a 19'4.75" effort. Thomas concluded the day with a heat win in the 200-meter dash, crossing the line in 23.69.
In the women's pentathlon, sophomore Zoe Hughes narrowly missed defending her Heps title, placing second with 3952 points, winning the 60-meter hurdles (8.81), and the shot put (41'9.75") and placing second in the long jump (18'10") to highlight her day.
In the men's long jump, sophomore Anthony DeNitto placed fifth with a 23'3.25" effort on his final jump of the day.
In the pole vault, senior Marlena Sabatino (12'7.5") took third place, while Nicole Trenchard (12'3.5") also earned points with her six place finish. On the men's side Ian West took fourth place, clearing 16'4.75" while freshman Erick Duffy had an impressive debut, taking sixth place by clearing 15'9".
In the 60-meter hurdles, Jay Hebert (8.03) and Mitch Valko (8.22) advanced to the event final, while on the women's side, Livia Gauntlett and Karina Joiner placed 1-2 in their heat, both advancing with 8.53 and 8.54 marks, respectively.
Harvard advanced three to the 400-meter finals, as Matt Hurst had the second fastest time (49.11), with Jovahn Williamson (49.59) and Charles Lego (49.67) also qualifying.
Junior Myles Marshall had the fastest qualifying time in the 800-meter run (1:52.09) while Kathryn Gillespie had the second fastest time on the women's side (2:09.74).
In the women's 500-meter run, Maya Miklos qualified for the Sunday final with the second fastest time (1:14.86), while freshmen Rodney Agyare-May (1:04.97) and Ryan Thrush (1:05.70) will also race in the men's final tomorrow.
In the 1000-meter run, freshman Anna Juul qualified with a season-best 2:50.59 time.
The second day of the Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships will begin tomorrow at 9 a.m. with coverage on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Network starting at noon.