Track and Field Finds Success at Clemson, BU Multi Team Meet

Simi Fajemisin jumping in midair
Photo Courtesy: Vasha Hunt

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- The Harvard track and field team split up for the day, competing in both the Clemson Invitational and the BU Multi Team Meet.  Six athletes placed first in their respective events between the two meets, including a first-place victory from first-year Chet Ellis in the men's high jump with a winning jump of 2.06m (6-09.00).

Clemson Invitational
Day two of the Clemson Invitational was a successful day, as two athletes took home first-place finishes. First-year Stephanie Ratcliffe won the women's weight throw with a toss of 18.04m (59-02.25) while junior Ryan Thrush finished first in the men's 600m dash with a time of 1:19.42, a personal best. Junior Charles Lego finished in second behind Thrush with a time of 1:20.12, which was also a personal best. Senior Simi Fajemisin placed fourth in the women's triple jump with a jump of 12.55m (41-02.25). Also in the triple jump, sophomore Kyle Murphy placed third in the men's triple jump with a distance of 14.87m (48-09.50). Junior Jovahn Williamson ran a 21.56 200m dash, placing him in fourth. Junior Kahlil Wassell followed behind Williamson, finishing in 13th with a 22.54 run. The men's 4X400m relay (Gregory Lapit, Aaron Shirley, Lego, Thrush) ended the day with a second-place finish coming in at 3:14.11.

BU Multi Team Meet
The other half of the track and field team competed down the street at BU, taking home four first-place finishes. First-year Sam Wright took the title for the men's pole vault (5.05m, 16-06.75), while first-year Noah Miles captured his first collegiate win in the triple jump. Sophomore Chelsea Offiaeli and first-year Estel Valeanu placed second and third in the women's shot put with tosses of 14.29m (46-10.75) and 13.77m (45-02.25). Valeanu's throw of 13.77m (45-02.25) marks her career best. Sophomore Alana Carroll came in second (3.65, 11-11.75) competing in the women's pole vault. Junior Rachael Estell represented Harvard in the women's long jump with her best effort of 5.28m (17-04.00), good enough for fifth place. Senior Martha Kebeh placed third in the women's weight throw with a toss of 15.30m (50-02.5), with fellow teammates finishing behind her in sixth (Cammy Garabian, 13.88m / 45-06.50) seventh (Hannah Mclaughlin, 13.68m / 44-10.75) and eighth (Morgan Lawton, 12.90m / 42-04.00).The running events were highlighted by Zoe Hughes, placing first in the women's 60m hurdles with a time of 8.82. Junior Claire Hotchkin placed fifth in the women's 400m dash (59.08), while first-year Maxwell Brown ran a 51.94 in the men's 400m dash, placing him eighth. Hughes had a personal best in the women's 300m dash, with a time of 39.81 seconds.

Highlights

  • Of the six first-place finishes, four finishes came from first-years.
  • The Crimson finished the day with over 20 top-five finishes.
  • Williamson's performance in the 200m is a personal best for the indoor season, as he sits in second place in the all-time record book behind Christopher Lambert '03.
  • The Harvard team will stay as one group traveling to one location next weekend.

Up Next
The team will head up to New York, N.Y. where they will contest in the Dr. Sander Invitational Columbia Challenge at Armory, Jan. 24-25.