Track and Field Competes in day one of Tiger Paw, Valentine Invitationals

Track and Field Running
Photo Courtesy: Gil Talbot

CAMBRDIGE, Mass.- The Harvard track and field team had a busy day, competing at the Tiger Paw Invitational in Clemson, S.C., and the Valentine Invitational in Boston, Mass. Both men's and women's events were contested in Clemson, although no Harvard men competed in any scheduled events. At the Valentine Invitational, only women's events were contested at BU. All men's events at BU are scheduled for tomorrow, Feb. 15.

Tiger Paw Invitational
Only a few Crimson athletes competed during day one of the Tiger Paw Invitational, highlighted by sophomore Alana Carroll, who captured a ninth-place finish in the women's pole vault. Carroll cleared the 3.82m (12'06.25") mark, followed by sophomore Kylie Hilton's mark of 3.67m (12'00.50"), which was good enough for 14th place. Carroll recorded her best outing of the season with her performance, also moving herself into fifth in the Harvard record books. In the long jump, senior Simi Fajemisin placed 19th out of nearly 50 competitors with a leap of 5.90m (19'04.25"). Senior Zoe Hughes garnered a new personal best, crossing the finish line in 8.66 seconds in the 60m hurdles.

Valentine Invitational
Day one of the Valentine Invitational was another successful day, with several personal bests and top-25 finishes. Junior Tessa Medrano recorded a new personal best and a 10th place finish in the 1000m run, crossing the finish line in 2:48.67. Medrano's time is nearly three seconds faster than her previous best and places her 4th in the all-time record books. Junior Abbe Goldstien brought home a huge seventh-place finish in the mile, with a new personal best (4:35.70). Goldstein moved into second in the Harvard all-time record books, is ranked fifth all-time in the Ivy League, and currently ranks 10th in the NCAA. Junior Anna Juul placed 11th in the mile with a time of 4:37.87, just three-tenths of a second from her personal best. First-year Mackenzie Condon brought in a 14th place finish for Harvard in the 60m hurdles, finishing at 9.37.

Sophomore Fredericka Lucas competed in both the 200m dash and the high jump, where she earned a new personal best in the 200m (25.95), and placed 33rd in the high jump (1.55m / 5'01.00"). Senior Martha Kebeh took home a 16th place finish in the weight throw with a distance of 15.63m (51'03.50"). Obie Amudo, Maya Miklos and Rachael Estell all grabbed a top-35 finish, placing 24th in the weight throw (Kebeh / 10.85m / 35'07.25"), 34th in the 400m dash (Miklos / 57.02) and 34th in the long jump (Estell / 5.13m / 16'10.00").

Highlights

  • Hughes garnered a new personal best, crossing the finish line in 8.66 seconds in the 60m hurdles.
  • Medrano moved into fourth in the record books in the 1000m run with her time of 2:48.67.
  • Carroll led the Crimson in day one of the Tiger Paw Invitational, placing ninth and marking her best performance of the year in the pole vault. She's now fifth in the all-time record books.
  • Goldstein moved into second in the Harvard all-time record books for her time in the mile, is now fifth all-time in the Ivy League, and currently ranks 10th in the NCAA.

What's Next
The Crimson will compete in day two of each meet tomorrow, Feb. 15. The men's events will take place at the Valentine Invitational, while both men's and women's events will be contested at the Tiger Paw Invitational.