Track and Field Competes at Victor Lopez Invitational to Start Outdoor Season

Sideline Photos/The Ivy League
Sideline Photos/The Ivy League

HOUSTON – Harvard track and field opened its 2019 campaign in Houston for the Victor Lopez Invitational, competing on March 22-23. Harvard had 12 top-three finishes on the day, including a notable 1-2-3 sweep of the women's 100m dash.

The trio of Kelisa Cain (11.79), Ngozi Musa (11.81) and Olivia Okoli (11.85) were the first three to cross the finish line in the 100m, giving the Crimson a sweep in the event. Also winning an event was Donagh Mahon, who jumped a 2.08m (6-9.75) mark in the high jump. Jacob McLennan took first in the men's 400m hurdles, winning with a time of 52.89. That time is the best of his collegiate career, beating his PR from outdoor Heps last spring. Closing out the top-placed finishers for the Crimson was Sam Welsh, who took the discus with a mark of 56.57m (185-7).

Harvard also placed well in the mid-distance events, where Myles Marshall finished in second in the 800m with a time of 1:48.48. Marshall was the top finishing collegiate runner in the event. Also earning top-three finishes in mid-distance events were Taylor Brunksole and Maya Miklos, who both competed in the 400m hurdles. Miklos finished in second in the women's race with a time of 1:00.13, while Brunskole placed third with a 53.83.

Okoli also earned a third-place finish in the women's 200m, running a time of 24.42, while pole-vaulter Erick Duffy placed third in his event, reaching a mark of 5.16m (16-11). 

Harvard Highlights
- Harvard women's sprinters continue to be a strong point, sweeping the 100m dash. The group also swept the 60m dash at indoor Heps a month ago.
- Donagh Mahon won the high jump Saturday afternoon. It's his fourth win of the 2018-19 indoor/outdoor season.
- Jacob McLennan's 52.89 was enough to not only win the 400m hurdles, but also win the event.
- The Crimson had 12 finishes in the top three on the weekend, including four wins. 

What's Next
Harvard is back on the road, splitting up to attend the Texas Relays, Raleigh Relays, and the UMass Lowell Invitational on March 28-30th.