CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard outdoor track and field team is finishing up its final preparation before heading down to Princeton, N.J. for the 2019 Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Track and Field Championships on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5.
The meet will begin at 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday with broadcasts beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. on Sunday, on ESPN+. There is a separate broadcast for the men's and women's 10,000m events, which are slated to start at 8 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.
What to Know
- Harvard is returning the 2018 Ivy League outdoor triple jump champion, Simi Fajemisin, who also won the 2019 indoor Ivy League championship in the event and holds the Harvard indoor record with a 13.27m (43-6.5) effort. Her season-best of 12.89m (42-3.5) is the second-best mark in the Ancient Eight this year.
- Ngozi Musa leads a group of sprinters at the top of the Ivy ranks in the women's 100m. She leads the Ivy League with a time of 11.65 and is followed by Olivia Okoli and Katina Martin who are in third and fourth with times of 11.71 and 11.72, respectively. Looking deeper, Harvard also has the sixth and seventh-ranked sprinters in the event with Kelisa Cain and Tina Martin who ran season-bests of 11.79 and 11.81, respectively. The sprinter group also has the fastest Ivy time in the 4x100m relay with a mark of 45.33 seconds, the fourth-fastest time on the Harvard record books.
- On the men's side, the Crimson has two of the top three marks in the 400m. Jovahn Williamson leads the Ancient Eight with a 47.25 while Rodney Agyare-May has the third-best time with a 48.07. Earlier this year, Williamson broke the Harvard indoor record in the event and holds both the indoor and outdoor records. The group of Williamson, Agyare-May, Myles Marshall and Kahlil Wassel has the fastest 4x400m relay mark in the Ivy League this season with a 3:10.05, the second fastest Harvard time ever.
- Marshall holds the second-fastest 800m time in the conference this season with a 1:48.48, only .01 back of the top time. He is the 2019 Ivy League indoor champion in the event and is looking to sweep.
- Kieran Tuntivate has the third-fastest men's 5000m time in the Ivy League with his mark of 13:57.60 from the Virginia Challenge. During the indoor season, Tuntivate won the 3000m and 5000m at Heps and was named the Male Track Most Outstanding Performer. Tuntivate also enters outdoor Heps with the top 10,000m time, a 28:45.61, which is nearly 50 seconds faster than the next closest Ivy time. The time also broke a 30-plus year Harvard record in the event, set in June of 1987 by Paul Gompers '86-87.
- At the Penn Relays, Lisa Tertsch ran the Ancient Eight's fastest women's 5000m with a Harvard outdoor record time of 16:03.15. Tertsch also won the indoor Heps championship in the 5000m earlier this year.
- Maya Miklos enters the weekend with the fastest 400m hurdles time in the Ivy League with a 59.11. She is one of only two Ivy runners with a time under 60 seconds and won the women's 500m at indoor Heps.
- Will Battershill has the top Ivy mark in the men's 3000m steeplechase with an 8:49.97.
- Erick Duffy improved on his PR this year with a 5.41m (17-9) pole vault, which is the best mark in the Ivy League this season. Harvard also has the top women's mark in the event, in which Alana Carroll has a 4.01m (13-1.75). Her mark broke the Harvard record earlier this year and she is the only Ivy Leaguer to have a mark above four meters.
- Samuel Welsh has the second-best discus mark in the Ancient Eight this season, throwing a 56.57m (185-7) at the Victor Lopez Classic. The mark is the third-best Crimson throw in its outdoor history.
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Harvard is back in action next weekend for the IC4A/ECAC Championships on May 11-12, back at Princeton.