Records Fall in Texas as Track and Field Competes at Four Meets Across Country

Records Fall in Texas as Track and Field Competes at Four Meets Across Country

AUSTIN, Texas – The Harvard men's 4x400-meter relay team – Rodney Agyare-May, Myles Marshall, Jovahn Williamson, and Matt Hurst - set a new school record, qualifying for the final by placing fifth (3:09.38), then setting a new school mark on Saturday (3:08.57), placing sixth overall at the Texas Relays. That effort was among several record setting performances for Harvard track and field across four meets this weekend - the Texas Relays, the Bobcat Invitational, the Raleigh Relays, and the UMass-Lowell Invitational.

On Thursday, Erick Duffy recorded the second best outdoor pole vault mark in program history, clearing 16-10¾. Duffy matched that mark at the Bobcat Invitational on Friday, placing second overall.

Junior captain Myles Marshall placed sixth overall and fourth among collegiate runners in the 800 meters, finishing in 1:50.85.

Gabe Montague had Harvard's best finish in the 1500m, placing fifth in his section (3:54.62).

On Friday, senior captain Jay Hebert nearly matched his personal record in the 110-meter hurdles, placing 23rd overall (14.304). In the women's 100-meter hurdles, Livia Gauntlett (13.85) and Karina Joiner (13.88) each recorded top-10 program times in the event.

Junior captain Gabby Thomas qualified for the final in the 100-meters with a new (wind-aided) program record (11.14), then on Saturday, set a new (wind-aided) program mark (11.04) in the event, finishing third overall. In the wind-aided 200m on Saturday, Thomas broke her own school record, placing first overall by nearly a second (22.13), the sixth fastest NCAA all-conditions mark ever in the event.

Simi Fajemisin took second overall in the triple jump, and first among collegiate athletes, setting a new program mark by reaching 42-10¾.

Karina Joiner set a new personal mark in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing in 59.72, fifth on the all-time program list.

On Saturday, Kathryn Gillespie placed seventh in the 1500m (4:29.71).

Raleigh Relays

At the Raleigh Relays, distance runners from the men's and women's teams made the trip to NC State.

Will Battershill made his spring debut with a strong showing in the 3000m steeplechase, taking sixth overall (8:59.44).

In the 5000m finals, freshmen Abbe Goldstein (16:31.26, 24th) and Hugo Milner (14:20.09, 25th) were Harvard's top finishers on the women's and men's sides, respectively. 

UMass-Lowell Invitational

Fiona Davis won the 3000m run in 10:09.96 on Saturday at the UMass-Lowell Invitational

Annika Gompers took second place in the 800-meter run (2:20.70), and Lizzie Gummer won the 400m hurdles (1:03.24).

Senior captain Marlena Sabatino (12-1½) and Nicole Trenchard (11-7¾) went 1-2 in the women's pole vault. Trenchard also took second in the javelin (119-9).  In the women's triple jump, Rachael Estell won the event (35-6½). In the women's hammer throw, Allison Rabe (137-9) and Martha Kebeh (133-8) went 2-3 in the event.   

On the men's side, Louis Colson won the 3000m run in 8:34.78. Matthew Perriera had a strong showing in the 1500m run (4:00.17), placing third overall. Matthew Miller took second in the pole vault (15-3).