Tuntivate Wins 3000m Ivy League Heptagonal Title, Men Sit in 1st, Women 7th

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass – With one shoe for most of the 3000m final, Kieran Tuntivate won Harvard indoor track's first individual Heps championship at the 2019 Ivy League Heptagonal Championship at the Gordon Indoor Track on Saturday. After the first day, Harvard is leading on the men's side with 26 points while the women are in second with two points.

Starting the day in the women's 60m hurdles, Livia Gauntlett and Karina Joiner qualified in second and third, as Gauntlett ran an 8.48 second time and Joiner finished in 8.49. Also qualifying in the seventh spot is first-year Jada Jones with an 8.65.

The women's sprinters excelled in prelims in the 60m hurdles, where Kelisa Cain (7.46 seconds), Ngozi Musa (7.51), Olivia Okoli (7.56) and DaLoria Boone (7.66) qualified for the final with the top-four seeds.

In the women's 500m, Maya Miklos qualified in the fifth spot with a time of 1:13.12, setting a new PR.

Kathryn Gillespie then qualified in third in the women's 1000m, running a 2:48.29. To close out the women's track events, Harvard had Kelisa Cain (24.32), Olivia Okoli (24.52) and Micah Meekins (24.66) qualify in first, fourth and fifth in the women's 200m, respectively.

In the women's long jump, Simi Fajemisin earned the Crimson two points for her fifth-place finish, jumping 5.78m (18-11.75).

On the men's side, first-year Tre Hollingsworth qualified in seventh in the men's 60m hurdles, running an 8.21. 

Harvard then had a pair of first-place finishes to qualify in the finals, first by Jovahn Williamson, who ran a 48.10 in the 400m and then by Rodney Agyare-May who ran a 1:02.84. Also qualifying for the final in 500m was Ryan Thrush, who qualified in fourth with a 1:03.69. 

Myles Marshall put himself in prime position for a third 800m Heps title, qualifying in first with a 1:50.86. The time already improves on his 1:52.09 that won the event a year ago and is 2.7 seconds faster than the second-place qualifier. 

In the 3000m, Kieran Tuntivate entered the race with the fastest time in the field and didn't disappoint. He led the Crimson to its first title at the 2019 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, winning the race with a time of 8:12.72. It is his second individual title this academic year as he also won the men's cross country individual Heptagonal championship in October. Following him was teammate Will Battershill, who earned four points for his fourth-place finish with a time of 8:15.93. 

To close out the track events for day one, Williamson qualified in second in the 200m, running a time of 21.58 seconds. 

In the field events, first-year Kyle Murphy finished in second in the long jump, hitting a mark of 7.48m (24-6.50). The mark is the fourth-best time in Harvard history. In the pole vault, Ian West placed fourth and got the Crimson four points, reaching 5.05m (16-6.75). 

Harvard Highlights
- First-year Kelisa Cain is the only first-year on the women's side to qualify in first in an event, doing so twice in the 60m and 200m.
- Kieran Tuntivate won his second Heps title this academic year, winning his first during the cross country season.
- Harvard qualified in the top four spots for the women's 60m dash.
- Myles Marshall is in prime position to win back-back-back 800m titles, qualifying in first with a time of 1:50.86.
- Kyle Murphy is now fourth all-time in the long jump with his second-place finish and mark of 7.48m (24-6.50).

What's Next
Harvard is back tomorrow for the final day of the Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track and Field Championships, beginning at 10 a.m. The ESPN+ stream will begin at 12:30 p.m. with the first track event, the women's one mile run.