Sophomore Karina Joiner placed first in the 60-meter hurdles with an 8.46 finish. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard track and field hosted its first indoor meet of the season, with the Crimson recording 12 event wins at the Beantown Challenge, held at Gordon Indoor Track. The Harvard women's team placed second overall (98 points), while the men's team earned a third place finish (98 points).
Leading the women's team, junior captain Gabby Thomas had a strong opening meet, winning both the 60-meter dash (7.44) and long jump (18'6"). In the 60-meter final, freshman Olivia Okoli placed second right behind Thomas with an impressive showing (7.59).
On the men's side, sophomore heptathlete Anthony DeNitto took the first win of the day, winning the heptathlon with 4,863 points, his first career win in the event.
Harvard swept both the men's and women's 60-meter hurdles, with senior captain Jay Hebert winning with an 8.05, and sophomore Karina Joiner placed first in 8.46, a new collegiate best, with teammate Livia Gauntlett right behind in 8.65.
In middle distance, junior captain Myles Marshall earned the win in the 500-meter run (1:02.53) as part of a 1-2-3 finish for the Crimson, with Rodney Agyare-May and Matt Hurst taking second and third.
On the women's side in the 500m, sophomore Maya Miklos won the event with a 1:15.47 performance.
In the 200-meter dash, sophomore Micah Meekins picked up her first collegiate career win, taking the final with a 25.22 finish.
Sophomore Ian West cleared 16'2.75" to take his first pole vault win of the season.
In relays, the Crimson men won the 4x440-yard relay (3:17.28 - Matt Hurst, Myles Marshall, Rodney Agyare-May, Jovahn Williamson), and the 4x880-yard relay (7:49.16 – Gabe Montague, Nicholas Linder, Ryan Thrush, Mike Kolor).
The women's 4x440 yard-relay (3:54.70 – Micah Meekins, Karina Joiner, Maya Miklos, Lizzie Gummer) also won, helping Harvard round out a solid day.
Harvard will send select student-athletes to compete at the Joe Donahue Games, hosted by Northeastern next Friday.