CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After a long fall of training, the Harvard indoor track and field team will get its first taste of live competition this Saturday, Dec. 6, taking part in the BU Season Opener at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center.
The event will begin at 10 a.m. with the field events, followed by the running events at 11 a.m.. The tentative schedule of events can be found HERE.
Harvard's women are coming off their second straight Ivy League Heptagonal Championship in 2014, having posted 122 points, the most in school history, to best Dartmouth (102) last year. The Crimson notched four individual victories last year, with three of those student-athletes returning to the track this season. Senior Danielle Barbian captured the 60 meter title with an Ivy League record time of 7.44, while junior Autumne Franklin brought home the 60 meter hurdle title for the second straight year. In the shot put, sophomore Nikki Okwelogu tossed a program-record 15.31m (50-02.75) to earn the Ivy crown.
In addition to the four titles, Harvard student-athletes finished as the runner-up in four individual events and two relays.
The Crimson men also put together a strong performance last season at the Heps Championships meet, placing third with 95 points, the highest point accumulation for the program since 1985. Opportunities abound for Crimson men to step into leading roles this season, as Harvard's top finishers in the 60 meter, 5,000 meter, and shot put have all graduated.
The lineup will be bolstered though by four individuals that earned top-three finishes at last season's title meet. Co-captains on the men's side, Jarvis Harris and Ben Glauser each took silver in their respective events. Harris earned his medal in the 60 meter hurdles, while Glauser took second in the weight throw. Sophomore Joshua Whitener finished right behind Glauser in the weight throw in third. In the triple jump, sophomore Efe Uwaifo placed second in his first ever Heps meet last season. Harvard's 4x400 meter relay team, which featured Harris, sophomore James Heckendorn and senior Jesiah Coy for three legs, took second a season ago.
The BU Season Opener is the lone meet before the new year for the Crimson. January's schedule features six competitions, including the Harvard Multi Meet and the Beantown Challenge at the Gordon Indoor Track. Harvard will also host the Crimson Elite Meet (Feb. 6), H-Y-P Meet (Feb. 14) and the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships (Feb. 28).