Indoor Track and Field Competes at Beantown Challenge, Women Finish 2nd, Men 3rd

Photo by Gil Talbot
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Both the men's and women's indoor track and field teams competed at the Beantown Challenge on Saturday, Jan. 12 where the women finished in second place with 102 points while the men finished in third with 60.

Ivy League foe Cornell won the meet on the women's side while Connecticut won it on the men's. 

The meet was highlighted by a pair of 1-2-3 finished for the women's team in the 60m dash and 60m hurdles. In the 60m dash, Ngozi Musa improved on her prelims time to finish in first place in 7.50 seconds. She was closely followed by Kelisa Cain (7.56) in second and Olivia Okoli (7.57) in third. In the 60m hurdles, Karina Joiner crossed the finish line in 8.55 seconds to claim first place while Livia Gauntlett (8.64) and Jada Jones (8.65) finished 2-3.

Chelsea Offiaeli threw the 10th-best shot put in Harvard history, throwing 13.53m (44-04.75) while Alana Carroll finished in third in the pole vault, reaching 3.70m (12-01.50) and is now tied for the eighth-best mark in Harvard history.

The Crimson also had a strong showing in the women's 200m, finishing 2-3-4 when Olivia Okoli, Katina Martin, and Tina Martin all crossed the finish line in 24.82, 24.87, 25.14, respectively. 

On the men's side, Kyle Murphy jumped into the Harvard record books with the eighth-best long jump, hitting the mark of 7.32m (24-00.25). He was followed by Andrew Bolze 3rd (6.96m, 22-10.00), who finished third. The Crimson placed well in the field events where Sam Welsh (16.37m, 53-08.50) came in second in the shot put, Donagh Mahon finished in second in the high jump (2.09m, 6-10.25) and Erick Duffy came in third in the pole vault (4.85m, 15-11.00).

Will Crisp finished in second in the 1000m with a time of 2:29.39 while Jovahn Williamson finished in third in the 200m with a time of 22.12.

Harvard closed out the meet on a high note finishing in first in both the women's one-mile relay and the men's one-mile relay. The relay of Katina Martin, Okoli, Joiner and Samuel finished nearly a second and a half ahead of the second-place relay team to claim first, running a time of 3:50.13. On the men's side, the grouping of Khalil Wassell, Williamson, Bolze and Agyare-May narrowly edged out a win, crossing the finish line in 3:17.37, .47 ahead of Rhode Island.

Harvard Highlights
- Three first-years (Chelsea Offiaeli, Alana Carroll, Kyle Murphy) move onto Harvard record books with today's performances.
- Harvard won five events during the meet.
- The Crimson went 1-2-3 in both the 60m hurdles and 60m dash.
- Ngozi Musa swept the 60m dash, winning the finals as the top seed from prelims.
- Karina Joiner did the same as Musa, winning the finals as the No. 1 seed from prelims.
- 18 student-athletes finished in the top three in events.

What's Next
The Crimson is on the road for a pair of weekend meets, first at the Clemson Invite on Jan. 18 and then the Multi-Team Meet at BU on Jan. 19.