Thomas, Uwaifo, Henderson Win Individual Titles on Day 1 of Ivy Outdoor Heps

Thomas, Uwaifo, Henderson Win Individual Titles on Day 1 of Ivy Outdoor Heps

Gabby Thomas (long jump), Efe Uwaifo (long jump) and Brett Henderson (javelin) were crowned as Heps champions on Saturday. (Courtesy of Ivy League)

Day 1 Results

NEW HAVEN, Conn. –
 It was a highly successful day 1 for Harvard track and field at the Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championships, hosted by Yale at Cuyler Field and Dwyer Track.

Sophomore Gabby Thomas won the long jump, clinching the individual Heps title by matching her own school record – 20 feet, 7 inches. Freshman Simi Fajemisin finished second in the event by nearing her own personal best with an effort of 20 feet, 1.75 inches, while freshman Zoe Hughes took fourth (19 feet, 4.25 inches).

Competing in the long jump for the first time at Ivy Outdoor Heps, senior captain Efe Uwaifo won the event with a monster third jump, reaching 25 feet, 9.25 inches (wind-aided) to claim his first ever Outdoor Heps title in any event.

Brett Henderson won his first ever Outdoor Heps title in the javelin with his best collegiate mark (223 feet, 6 inches) the second best throw in school history.

In the 10,000-meter run, freshman Judy Pendergast took third place in 34:59.37, while junior Elianna Shwayder finished sixth in 35:17.96.

Senior Jade Miller (13.57) qualified for the 100-meter hurdles final with the second fastest time in heats. Miller will be joined in the final by freshmen Karina Joiner (13.73) and Livia Gauntlett (13.86), who finished sixth and seventh.

On the men's side in 110-meter hurdles, junior Jay Hebert moved on to the final with a wind-aided 14.09 mark, the third fastest time of the day.

Harvard's Gabby Thomas and Ngozi Musa ran blistering 100-meter times, finishing first and second in heats. Thomas' 11.21 wind-aided time was her fastest mark at Harvard, while Musa also ran her fastest time (11.33).

Thomas also had the fastest qualifying time in the 200-meter dash, finishing in 23.37.

Senior James Heckendorn ran his fastest 400-meter dash time (47.79), the second-fastest time in the event, to qualify for the final tomorrow.

The Crimson made it a 1-2 finish in qualifying in the 400-meter hurdles as well, with Miller the only competitor breaking 60 seconds (59.90). Joiner recorded her best time in the event (1:00.05). Senior Sylvia Deppen also qualified for the final, placing eighth with a 1:01.56 mark.

On the men's side in the same event, freshman Jacob McLennan will move on to tomorrow's final after placing fifth with a qualifying time of 54.17.

Junior Marlena Sabatino placed fourth in the pole vault, clearing 12 feet, 10.25 inches, her best showing in the event this season.

Sophomore Myles Marshall won his heat in the 800-meter run and qualified for tomorrow's final by running 1:52.98.

Senior Sarah Gillespie qualified for the 1,500-meter final by having the 11th fastest time in the heats (4:30.04).

Senior captain Andrew Roney placed seventh in the pole vault, clearing 16 feet, 5.25 inches.

In the heptathlon, Zoe Hughes is in first place through four events with 3281 points, taking first place in the 100-meter hurdles (14.05), while placing second in the high jump, shot put, and 200-meter dash. The long jump, javelin throw, and 800-meter run are still to come tomorrow.