Track and Field Teams Place Second at H-Y-P Meet

Track and Field Teams Place Second at H-Y-P Meet

Senior Nikki Okwelogu won the shotput with the ninth-best throw in the nation this season (16.84 meters). (Gil Talbot)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Harvard track and field men's and women's teams both placed second at the annual H-Y-P meet, hosted by Yale this year at Coxe Cage.

The Harvard women's team tied with Yale for second place with 48 points, behind Princeton (73 points). The men's team earned 41 points, ahead of Yale (28.5 points), and behind Princeton (110.5 points).

"We had a busy and productive weekend and things are trending in the right direction," said The William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Jason Saretsky. "I was particularly pleased with the energy the team brought on Sunday and look forward to building on that."

The women's team earned six event victories on the day, while the men's team earned three event victories.

In sprints, sophomore Ngozi Musa won the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.75, while senior Jade Miller capped off a busy weekend by winning the 200-meter run in 24.98 seconds, her first effort in the event this season.

Freshman Karina Joiner won the 60-meter hurdles, her second win in the event this season, with her fastest time (8.64 seconds), the seventh fastest mark in Harvard history.

In field events, the Harvard women's team also had three victories. Senior Raegan Nizdil won the high jump, clearing 1.67 meters. Harvard finished 1-2-3 in the women's long jump, with Simi Fajemisin recording her personal best, winning the event with a jump of 5.82 meters. Freshman Zoe Hughes (5.77 meters) and sophomore Gabby Thomas (5.63 meters) finished second and third.

Senior Nikki Okwelogu had her best throw of the indoor season, winning the shotput with a 16.84-meter effort, the ninth best throw in the nation this year. Sophomore Nicole Trenchard matched her best indoor effort in the pole vault, clearing 3.75 meters for second place.

On the men's side, Harvard middle distance runners had a banner day. Sophomore Myles Marshall won the 500-meter run in 1:02.10, the second fastest time in school history. Junior Jonas Aranda finished third in the 800-meter run in 1:54.19.

Senior Thomas Negron won the 1,000 meter run in 2:27.93, just shy of his personal best, while junior Gabe Montague placed third in the event in 2:28.82.

In the men's mile, Kieran Tuntivate placed second in 4:11.80. Junior Tyler Spear won the 3,000-meter run for the second time this season, recording his personal best finish in 8:16.88.

In the men's 60-meter hurdles, junior Jay Hebert broke eight seconds for the first time in his career, running a 7.99 to finish second, the second fastest time in Harvard history in the event.

In relays, the men's 4x400-meter team ran the sixth fastest time in school history, finishing second in 3:16.65. The women's 4x400-meter team placed second (3:49.27), as did the men's 4x800-team (7:50.50).

In men's field events, Julian Nunally neared his season best with a 17.32-meter effort to finish third. Josh Whitener took third in the weight throw (17.41 meters), and Ian West finished third in the pole vault (4.80 meters).

Harvard will host the Crimson Elite meet at Gordon Indoor Track this Friday (Feb. 3) while also sending athletes to the Scarlet and White Invitational at Boston University on Saturday.