Track and Field Strong Out of Gate at Outdoor Opener in Houston

Track and Field Strong Out of Gate at Outdoor Opener in Houston

HOUSTON, Texas – Harvard track and field opened the outdoor season at the Cougar Spring Break Invitational this afternoon, hosted by the University of Houston on Tom Tellez Track.

Senior Matt Hurst placed fourth in the 200-meter dash, finishing in 21.84. Senior Jay Hebert placed second in the 110-meter hurdles recording his collegiate best in the event (14.10).

In the women's 400m dash, Micah Meekins ran her personal best time (56.99) to place second overall.

Freshman Olivia Okoli had a stellar outdoor debut, placing second in the 100m dash in 11.64. Okoli was also Harvard's top finisher in the 200m, placing third overall in 23.91. On the men's side, Alexander Moore ran a wind-aided 10.83, his best time in the event.

In the 400-meter hurdles, Karina Joiner took third place with a strong season-opening time (1:01.21) in the event. Joiner also had Harvard's top time (5th overall in event) in the 100-meter hurdles (13.72).

The Harvard men's 4x100-meter relay team ran the 10th –fastest time in program history (41.48), with Kahlil Wassell, Matt Hurst, Alexander Moore, and Jovahn Williamson teaming for a strong performance.

In field events, Sophomore Donagh Mahon won the men's high jump with his best mark at Harvard, and the fifth best effort in program history, clearing 6'11" on his third attempt. Sophomore Simi Fajemisin won the long jump with a 19'7" effort. Nicole Trenchard won the women's pole vault, nearing her best outdoor mark by clearing 12'1.5". On the men's side, Ian West led all Crimson pole vaulters, finishing fourth by clearing 15'7".

In throws, Gunnar Allison placed third in the shot put with his final effort of the day (49'7.75"). Allison placed fourth in the discus throw as well (156'7"). Sophomore Anthony DeNitto took third place in the javelin (195').

Emily Johns had the top mark for Harvard in the women's discus throw (134'3", 7th) and the hammer throw (153'6", 6th). 

What's Next?
Harvard heads to the Wake Forest Opener next weekend (March 23-24) in Winston-Salem, NC.