Four Top Finishes, Two School Records Highlight Indoor Track and Field’s Performance at BU Season Opener

Autumne Franklin won the 60 meter hurdles Saturday (Harvard Athletic Communications).


BOSTON – The Harvard indoor track and field team was in action for the first time this season, competing at the BU Season Opener at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center. A successful day across town was capped with three individual victories, a relay triumph and a two new school records.

‎"I was really pleased with the way our men and women competed today," said Jason Saretsky, The William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country, following the meet. "We had a limited squad out there, but they had some outstanding performances. I'm looking forward to seeing the hard work continue over the next month before we compete again."

Harvard's women found a great deal of success in the sprints portion of the event, garnering victories in the 200 meter dash and the 60 meter hurdles. Senior Danielle Barbian started the season off on a high note, setting a new personal record in the 200 meter, winning the event with a time of 24.94. That mark is also the seventh-best performance in program history.

The 60 meter hurdles saw junior Autumne Franklin race to victory with a time of 8.81. Sophomore Jackie Modesett finished right behind her elder teammate, registering an 8.84 mark in her first 60 meter hurdles competition.

In the 300 meter race, Franklin and sophomore Jade Miller each beat the program's previous fastest time. Franklin set the new program standard, recording a time of 38.99 to finish second in the event. Miller claimed third and posted a time of 39.21. Both those times bested Marna Schutte's '01 time of 39.36 that she set back on February 19, 2000.

The men's 300 meter culminated in a similar result, as the Crimson finished 1-2-3, with all three beating the program's previous top finish. Competing in his first collegiate meet, freshman Matt Hurst topped the leaderboard with a 35.16 time. Classmates Andrew Bolze and Alexander Moore clocked similarly impressive times at 35.28 and 35.32, respectively.

Bolze earned a second top-three finish in the 60 meter hurdles, placing third with a time of 8.38. Fellow rookie Jay Hebert took runner-up accolades in the event, crossing the line in 8.29.

The women's 4x400 relay squad brought home first-place honors, defeating the quartet from Boston College by just under two seconds with a time of 3:50.57. Miller and junior Madison Hanson ran the first two legs for the Crimson, with junior Allison Morrison and senior Gabrielle Scott running the latter half.

Rounding out the top finishes in the running events were seniors Barbian and Ashley Collinsworth earning second and third in the 60 meter dash. In the finals, Barbarian edged Collinsworth, notching a time of 7.54.

The men's and women's high jumps saw Crimson student-athletes claim top-three finishes in each. On the men's side, junior Spencer Lemons eclipsed his previous PR and reached a height of 2.00 meters (6-06.75) to take third. In the women's portion, senior Ann Giebelhaus jumped to a mark of 1.67 meters (5-05.75) to finish runner-up.

In the women's pole vault, the Crimson represented the top two collegiate competitors, as freshman Marlena Sabatino and junior Lexie Schachne took third and fourth in the event. Schachne's performance is a welcomed return for the Crimson, as she competed for the first time since battling an injury last spring.

Harvard will return to the track in the New Year, competing at the Dartmouth Relays on January 11, before hosting back-to-back events at Gordon track on January 16 and 17.