DeNitto, Hughes Win Individual Titles; Women in First After Day 1 of Ivy Indoor Heps

DeNitto, Hughes Win Individual Titles; Women in First After Day 1 of Ivy Indoor Heps

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Historic performances from freshman long jumper Anthony DeNitto, freshman pentathlete Zoe Hughes and sophomore sprinter Gabby Thomas paced Harvard track and field on day 1 of the 2017 Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships at the NYC Armory.

DeNitto became the first Harvard men's long jumper to win a Heps title in the event since 1982, reaching 7:37 meters on his third jump of the day. Hughes became Harvard's first Heps champion in the women's pentathlon since 2009 (Shannon Flahive), recording the second most points in school history (4,093).

Thomas shattered her own school and Ivy League record in the 60m dash preliminary round, finishing her heat in 7.29 seconds.

After the first day of competition, the Harvard women's team sits in first place with 40 points, while the Harvard men are in fifth with 13 points. Competition will resume tomorrow morning at 10:50 a.m.

For a complete recap of each individual event, notes below include Harvard highlights from day 1 of Heps.

Pentathlon: Hughes won the 60m Hurdles (8.71s), the shot put (12.07m), the 800m (2:21.62) and the long jump (6.07m). Her mark in the long jump was the second best in school history in the event, second only to Simi Fajemisin's mark on the same day.

60M Hurdles: Both Karina Joiner (8.66s) and Livia Gauntlett (8.69s) qualified for the final, finished second and third in heat #1

60M Dash: Sophomore Gabby Thomas shattered her own school and Ivy record with a 7.29s showing in the preliminaries in the first heat. Sophomore Ngozi Musa had the second fastest time, finishing in 7.45s, her best time this season in the event. Both qualified for the final tomorrow.

400M: Senior Jade Miller qualified for tomorrow's final with a 54.96 finish, winning heat three with the second fastest prelim time. 

3,000M: Freshman Judy Pendergast battled Columbia's Henna Rustami to the finish, finishing second place in 9:35:03 to earn points for Harvard.

200M: Fresh off her blazing 60M preliminary time, Thomas also recorded the fastest 200M preliminary time, finishing in 23.20, the fastest time ever at Ivy Indoor Heps.

Weight Throw: Senior Nikki Okwelogu scored with her first throw of the day (17.73m), finishing sixth overall in the event.

Long Jump: Freshman Simi Fajemisin recorded her best collegiate jump on her last attempt (6.09m), breaking a nine-year Harvard record previously held by Brittan B. Smith '09 (6.00m). Harvard had a strong day overall, placing second (Fajemisin), fourth (Zoe Hughes, 5.90m), and fifth (Gabby Thomas, 5.88m) in the event.

Pole Vault: In the women's pole vault, junior Marlena Sabatino (third, 3.85m) and sophomore Nicole Trenchard (fifth, 3.75m) both earned points for the Crimson in the event.

60M Hurdles: Junior Jay Hebert qualified for the event final, placing third in heat 2 with a time of 8.14 seconds (fifth best overall). Just .08 seconds separated preliminary qualifying times 1-5.

60M Dash: Junior Malcolm Johnson recorded his best time of the season to have the fourth fastest qualifying time (6.92) in the preliminaries.

400M: Senior James Heckendorn qualified for the event final with the sixth fastest time of the day (49.04s).

800M: Sophomore Myles Marshall continued his strong indoor season, finishing with the top time in preliminaries (1:52.09). Freshman Michael Kolor finished fifth in 1:54.29.

1000M: Senior Thomas Negron qualified for the 1,000m final, placing fourth in a close preliminary race. Negron finished in 2:27.60, just two seconds off the top time.

3000M: Sophomore Kieran Tuntivate placed eighth in the 3,000m with a time of 8:23.16.

200M: Junior Alexander Moore narrowly missed qualifying for the 200M final, as his time of 22.05 was the last spot out of the final.

Long Jump: Freshman Anthony DeNitto captured the Heps title with a monster third jump of the competition, shattering his own personal mark (7.00m) with a 7:37m jump. DeNitto's jump was the best by a Harvard long jumper in 32 years, and gave Harvard its first individual Heps title in the event since James Johnson in 1982.

Pole Vault: Sophomore Ian West placed fourth, clearing 4.95 meters to earn points for Harvard.