Indoor Track and Field Takes Part in Texas Tech Shootout, Valentine Invite; Duffy Moves Up Record Books

Indoor Track and Field Takes Part in Texas Tech Shootout, Valentine Invite; Duffy Moves Up Record Books

LUBBOCK, Texas – LUBBOCK, Texas – Sophomore Erick Duffy moved up the record books on the first day at the Texas Tech Shootout, reaching 5.28m (17-3.75), claiming the second-best vault in Harvard indoor track and field history. The mark is a new collegiate PR for Duffy in either the indoor and outdoor season and breaks his previous PR from the Outdoor Ivy League Heptagonal Championships last spring, where he jumped 5.26m. Duffy ended up placing fifth in the event. 

First-year Kyle Murphy also set a new collegiate PR in the triple jump, reaching 15.23m (49-11.75) and placing sixth in the event. The mark is the sixth-best in Harvard indoor history. 

Junior Livia Gauntlett competed in the women's 60m hurdles finals and placed fifth with a time of 8.47 seconds. First-year Kelisa Cain also set a PR in the women's 60m, running a time of 7.46 seconds and placing seventh in the final. 

At the Valentine Invite, Junior Jacob McLennan set a new PR in the men's 500m, crossing the finish line in 1:05.14. 

In his opening meet of the 2019 indoor season, Heps XC Champion Kieran Tuntivate ran a 7:59.78 in the 3000m to place sixth, only trailing the first-place finisher by 3 seconds. The time bested his previous indoor PR by 10 seconds, set two years ago at the same meet. The time moves him up to No. 4 on the all-time Harvard indoor record book. 

"This was a great weekend for the Crimson and I'm excited with how things are shaping up for us to host Heps in two weeks. It should be a fun and exciting meet in front of what I'm sure will be a fantastic crowd," said Jason Saretsky,  the William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field.  

Harvard Highlights 
- Erick Duffy moved up to No. 2 all-time in the pole vault, reaching 5.28m (17-3.75). 
- Kyle Murphy is now No.6 in the triple jump with his mark of 15.23m (49-11.75). 
- Kelisa Cain set a new PR in the 60m, crossing the finish line in 7.46 seconds. 
- Kieran Tuntivate moved up to No. 4 all-time in the 3000m, finishing in 7:59.78 seconds. 

What's Next 
The Crimson is back in Cambridge for the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, which will take place at the Gordon Indoor Track, on Saturday, Feb. 23 and Sunday, Feb. 24.