Track and field welcomes Yale to McCurdy Saturday for the squad's lone home meet of the season (Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard track and field hosts archrival Yale Saturday, April 12 at McCurdy Outdoor Track. The meet starts at 12:30 p.m., on the field with men's hammer, men's long jump and women's pole vault. Action on the track will start at 1:30 p.m., with the men's 4x100 relay.
The run of Crimson dominance continued a year ago, as both the Harvard men and women collected wins over archrival Yale. The men powered to their third straight meet title with a 97-64 victory, while the women logged their sixth consecutive win over Yale with an 89-69 result.
Erika Veidis highlighted the running performances, leading a 1-2-3 Harvard finish in the 800 with a blazing time of 2:05.92. The mark stands as the second-fastest time in program history. Sammy Silva also logged a big PR in a victory in the 1,500. Her time of 4:25.26 shaved more than three seconds off her previous top mark, and ranks second in the history of Harvard women's track and field. Morgan Kelly was right on her heels in second at 4:26.52, representing a personal best for the junior and the sixth best time in team annals. Danielle Barbian (12.22) and Ashley Collinsworth (12.24) breezed to a 1-2 finish in the 100 and Christi Scott led a Crimson sweep in the 200 with a winning time of 25.42.
On the men's side, Jarvis Harris had the top performance, breaking the school record in his 110 hurdles victory. Almost a month removed from posting his previous best at the Victor Lopez Classic, Harris turned in a time of 14.13 to break the 48-year old school record by .11 seconds and claim the event win by more than a second. The men followed suit in the sprints, earning 19 team points between the 100, 200 and 400.
All-Time Against Yale
Heading into the 111th meeting, the Crimson men hold an all-time lead over the Elis, 62-48. The Harvard women matched the longest winning streak by either team in the series a year ago, improving to 24-11 all-time against Yale.
The Bulldogs competed at the Sam Howell Invitational a week ago, also sending three athletes to the Stanford Invitational. At Princeton, the 4x4 relay squad of Marc-Andrew Alexandre, Chandler Crusan, Dylan Hurley and William Rowe posted a time of 3:19.65 to finish fourth overall. In California, sophomore Kevin Dooney ran the second-fastest 10,000 meters in Elis' history, finishing with a time of 29:10.3.
The Crimson women are coming off a successful indoor season, as the squad won its second-straight Ivy League Heptagonal Championships behind four Ivy League champions – Most Outstanding Field Performer Adabelle Ekechukwu, junior Danielle Barbian, sophomore Autumne Franklin and freshman Nikki Okwelogu. Junior Erika Veidis qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, earning second team All-American honors.
The Harvard men accumulated the most points in program history at Heps, sending two athletes - seniors James Leakos and Maksim Korolev – to NCAA's. Korolev earned second team All-American accolades in the 3K and 5K, while Leakos was also recognized with second team honors.
Last Time Out
Senior James Leakos and junior Viviana Hanley took home the 10,000m event titles at the Sam Howell Invite hosted by Princeton last Saturday. Hanley's mark (34:52.72) vaulted her to sixth all-time in Harvard history.
Harvard posted an extremely strong showing at the Florida Relays a weekend ago, taking down four school records.
Juniors Danielle Barbian and Ashley Collinsworth both broke the previous school record in the 100 meter dash, clocking times of 11.66 and 11.79, respectively. The previous mark was set by Favia Merritt '09 (11.82) at Heps in 2008.
Collinsworth, Sylvia Deppen, Autumne Franklin and Barbian posted a time of 45.84 in the 4x100 to rank first all-time in Harvard history and fourth in the Ivy League.
In the 4x2, Collinsworth (24.8), Barbian (24.8), Madison Hansen (24.7) and Modesett crossed the finish line in 1:39.65 to break the Harvard school record.
The sprint medley relay of Christi Scott, Gabrielle Scott, Hansen (55.8), and Molly Renfer (2.09.9) posted the fastest time in Harvard history, crossing in 3:56.36 to finish sixth in the event.
Freshman Nikki Okwelogu pushed her way to second all-time at Harvard with a toss of 49.33m (161-10) in the discus, finishing fifth overall in a strong field. The throw also vaulted the rookie into the top-10 in Ivy history.
In the 1500 meter run, junior Molly Renfer and freshman Sarah Gillespie finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Renfer crossed in 4:24.33 to rank second all-time in the Crimson record book, while Gillespie finished just behind (4:24.73) to move into third all-time.
A Year Ago
Harvard combined for six league titles at the 2013 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships, as the women locked up a third-place finish – its best since 2003 – and the men ranked fifth overall.
At the ECAC Championship, the Crimson women's squad posted its best result in team history, compiling 36 points to tie for sixth at the meet. The men earned 19 points on the weekend, good for a 16th-place result.