Thomas Takes Long Jump, Connolly Wins Javelin on Day 1 of Outdoor Heps

Thomas Takes Long Jump, Connolly Wins Javelin on Day 1 of Outdoor Heps

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – It was a successful Day 1 at the Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championships for Harvard track and field, as the Crimson men and women picked up points to set up an exciting finish at Penn's Franklin Field tomorrow.

Senior Andrew Connolly won the javelin throw (202-7) on the men's side, the second straight year Harvard has won the men's javelin at Outdoor Heps.

Junior Gabby Thomas won the women's long jump, setting a new program record by reaching 21-8¼ on her final jump of the afternoon. Teammate Simi Fajemisin took third place (19-8¾) to also earn points for Harvard.  

Thomas ran 11.26 in the 100m to qualify for the final along with three teammates – Olivia Okoli (11.88), Micah Meekins (12.04), and Ngozi Musa (12.06).

Freshman Erick Duffy finished tied for second in the pole vault with the second best mark in program history, clearing 17-3.

In the women's pole vault, senior Marlena Sabatino took fourth place by clearing 12-2.

In Day 1 qualifying events, Jovahn Williamson had the fastest 400m qualifying time (47.56) and was joined by teammates Rodney Agyare-May (47.62, 3rd), and Matt Hurst (47.82, 4th) who had three of the top four times.

In the women's 100m hurdles, both Karina Joiner (13.54), and Livia Gauntlett (13.91) qualified for the final, with Joiner's time the second fastest in program history and a new personal record. Joiner also set a new personal record with the second-fastest qualifying time in the 400m hurdles (59.62), with Maya Miklos (1:00.96) also qualifying.

Junior captain Myles Marshall had the second fastest 800m time (1:49.31) and will be a top contender tomorrow. Junior Taylor Brunksole qualified for the 400m hurdles final in 53.62 (7th). On the women's side junior Kathryn Gillespie also qualified with the second fastest 1500m time of the day (4:22.88). Freshman Abbe Goldstein also qualified in the 1500m (4:25.34).