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Track and Field Dominates Yale

Photo courtesy of Harvard Athletics
Photo courtesy of Harvard Athletics

The Harvard men won their fourth-straight title against the Bulldogs, while the women collected win No. 7 in a row (photo courtesy of Harvard athletics).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard track and field team combined for 27 individual wins to roll over Yale at the McCurdy Outdoor Track Saturday afternoon. The men took home their fourth-straight victory over the Bulldogs by a 104-34 margin, while the women notched consecutive win No. 7 by a score of 87-53.

"I was really pleased with the way we competed in front of a fantastic home crowd," said Jason Saretsky, The William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country. "The outdoor season is shaping up well and I'm excited to see both our men's and women's squads continue to improve as we prepare for the championship part of our schedule."

Junior Jarvis Harris won both the 110 meter and 400 meter hurdles. The Ama, La., native posted a time of 14.11 in the 110m hurdles and finished in 52.78 in the 400m hurdles to improve to seventh all-time at Harvard.

Sophomore Autumne Franklin earned wins in the 100m hurdles and the 200m dash. Franklin led a 1-2-3-4 finish for the Crimson in the 100m hurdles, clocking a time of 13.72. Freshman Jackie Modesett (14.06), senior Olivia Abbate (14.25) and sophomore Madison Hansen (14.45) all crossed before a Yale runner. Franklin registered a time of 24.41 in the 200m, followed by junior Ashley Collinsworth (24.65) and Danielle Barbian (24.74).

The Crimson also posted impressive marks in the field, as junior Ben Glauser tossed the hammer 61.25m (200-11) to best his personal mark by over a meter and hit the 200-foot mark for the first time. The Athens, Ga., native moved into fourth all-time at Harvard with the effort, winning the event on the day.

Harvard took four of the top five positions in the shot put, as Glauser finished first, launching a toss of 17.71m (58-01.25). Senior Dustin Brode (17.68m, 58-00.25) and junior Igor Liokumovich (16.83m, 55-02.75) finished second and third.  

Also in the field, freshman Nikki Okwelogu earned wins in the discus and the shot, moving into fourth all-time in the shot (14.34m, 47-00.75).

Seniors Andrew Ezekoye and Damani Wilson tallied a 1-2 finish in the 100m dash for the Crimson, posting times of 10.68 and 10.72, respectively.

Junior Molly Renfer clocked a time of 4:30.05 in the 1500m run. The Esher, England product ranked first of three Harvard finishers, as senior Morgan Kelly cruised to a 4:31.22 finish and sophomore Paige Kouba edged a Yale runner at the line to take third (4:33.46).

Rookie Raegan Nizdil hopped a high of 1.70m (5-07.00) to move into a tie for fifth all-time in the Harvard record book. Nizdil led a 1-2-3 Crimson finish, as Allison Morrison (1.65m, 5-05.00) and Ann Giebelhaus (1.63m, 5-03.00) ranked second and third.

The Crimson will head in different directions next weekend, attending the Mt. Sac Invitational. Larry Ellis Invite, LSU Alumni Gold and MIT Coed Invite. 

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