Indoor Track and Field Competes at Clemson Invite, BU Multi Meet

Photo by: Gil Talbot
Photo by: Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass – Harvard indoor track and field split up on Saturday, Jan. 19 with part of the team at the Clemson Invite and the rest at the BU Multi Team Meet. 31 student-athletes competed at the Clemson Invite while 15 competed at the BU Multi Team Meet.

Clemson Invite
On day one of the Clemson Invite, Jovahn Williamson broke the school record in the men's 400m, crossing the finish line in 47.39 seconds. Harvard ran well in both the men's and women's 400m races, where Williamson placed third in the men's race and first-year Sharelle Samuel placed third in the women's race with a time of 56:28. 

Senior Ngozi Musa improved on her season-best time of 7.50 in the 60m from the Beantown Challenge, running a 7.44 to place fifth. 

One day two, Kyle Murphy jumped to a third-place finish in the men's triple jump, reaching a mark of 14.35m (47-01). The Crimson had a strong day in the field events as Erick Duffy placed third in the pole vault, reaching 5.10m (16-08.75). With the jump, he moves up the record books and into third-place all time, passing Ian West's mark of 5. 

On the women's side, Simi Fajemisin placed third in the triple jump with a mark of 12.84m (42-01.50). 

The men's 4x400m relay team shined to close the meet, placing second with a time of 3:11.93 seconds. Williamson and Myles Marshall led the relay with splits of 47.46 and 47.47 seconds. 

BU Multi Team Meet
The field events led the way at the BU Multi Team Meet, starting with Martha Kebeh who placed third in the women's weight throw, hitting a mark of 14.74m (4 8-04.50). The throwers were strong points at the meet as Chelsea Offiaeli placed second in the women's shot put with a mark of 13.45m (44-01.50) and Sam Welsh threw the ball 16.96m (55-07.75) to win the men's shot put. 

LJ Daniel took flight and won the long jump with a mark of 7.01m (23-00.00), a new personal best. 

Harvard Highlights
- Williamson broke a record that has stood since March 6, 2010, when John Dingus '12 ran a 47.73 at the IC4A meet.
- Williamson is only the second person to break 48 seconds in the men's 400m in Harvard indoor track history.
- Ngozi Musa ran a 7.44 on Friday, only .04 seconds behind her personal best.
- This is Sam Welsh's first shot put victory since he won the event at the Penn dual.
- LJ Daniel set a personal best with his jump of 7.01m (23-00.00). 

What's Next
The Crimson will be down in Princeton, N.J. for the historic H-Y-P meet on Saturday, Jan. 26.