Thomas Sets New School 200m Mark at Columbia East-West Challenge

Thomas Sets New School 200m Mark at Columbia East-West Challenge

Sophomore Gabby Thomas set a new school record (23.01) in the 200-meter dash at the Columbia East-West Challenge. (Gil Talbot)

The Harvard track and field team sent select runners to the Columbia East-West Challenge this weekend, held at The Armory on Friday and Saturday. Competing in a field of eight teams, including No. 1 Oregon, Harvard had several standout performances over the course of the meet.

Sophomore sprinter Gabby Thomas established a new indoor personal record and a Harvard school record in the 200-meter dash, finishing third in 23.01. That time is the fourth-fastest among all NCAA competitors so far this season. Yesterday, Thomas placed fifth in the 60-meter dash in 7.42 seconds.

Jade Miller finished 7th in the 400-meter dash in 56.19, the 10th fastest time in school history one day after placing 7th in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing in 8.68 - her fastest time of the season.

On the men's side in the 60-meter hurdles, junior Jay Hebert ran the third fastest time in program history, finishing third in 8.10. Sophomore Mitch Valko ran his fastest collegiate time, finishing fifth in 8.25.

Senior Thomas Negron took fifth in the men's 800-meter run, finishing in 1:53.21.

In long distance events, freshman Judy Pendergast placed 8th in the women's mile, finishing in 4:43.86, the fifth fastest indoor mile in Harvard history. On the men's side sophomore Kieran Tuntivate finished 10th in 4:09.68.

Freshman Lisa Tertsch finished sixth in the 3000-meter run in 9:45.98, while junior Elianna Shwayder took 8th place in 9:48.55.

Highlighting the field events was freshman Simi Fajemisin's performance in the women's triple jump. Fajemisin set a new personal mark, finishing second in the event with a jump of 12.55 meters, the second best jump in Harvard history. Senior Raegan Nizdil and freshman Zoe Hughes tied for fourth in the high jump, both clearing 1.65 meters.

Sophomore Ian West placed fourth in the pole vault, clearing 4.95 meters. On the women's side sophomore Nicole Trenchard took third place by clearing 3.65 meters.

Harvard will compete at the annual H-Y-P Meet, hosted by Yale tomorrow at Coxe Cage beginning at 12:00 p.m.