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Fajemisin, Tuntivate Win Individual Awards, Women Finish 2nd, Men 3rd at Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track and Field Championships

Photo courtesy: Sideline Photos/The Ivy League
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard indoor track and field teams put together a strong performance in the 2019 Ivy League Indoor Track and Field Championships, winning nine individual event titles and a relay victory in the men's 4x400m relay. The women's team ultimately finished in second with 102 points, while the men's team finished in third with 103. 

Senior distance runner Kieran Tuntivate continued off his strong performance in the 3000m from Saturday and won the men's 5000m with a time of 14:25.32. The combination of performances led him to be named the Male Most Outstanding Track Performer while junior triple jumper Simi Fajemisin won the women's triple jump with a mark of 13.27m (43-6.50), breaking her own school record and was named the Female Most Outstanding Field Performer.

In the women's 60m hurdles, junior Livia Gauntlett and first-year Jada Jones finished in second and third, running an 8.42 and 8.47, respectively. Gauntlett's time improves her PR by .02 seconds as she holds the third-fastest time in Harvard history while Jones improved her PR and moves into fifth in the record book. 

The men's team then took both the 400m and 500m behind the work of Jovahn Williamson and Rodney Agyare-May. Williamson exploded with a 47.53, beating Penn's Anthony Okolo (48.54) by more than a second, while Agyare-May (1:02.97) followed with his own spectacular performance in the 500m, diving across the finish line to beat Brown's Calvin Perkins by .02 seconds.

In the women's 500m, junior Maya Miklos took down defending Heps champion Uchechi Nwogwugwu, running a school-record time of 1:11.78. Her time beat the previous record by nearly a second (.93) and beat her previous PR, set in prelims on Saturday, by 1.48 seconds.

Harvard then stepped into the women's 60m dash and showed its depth, claiming the top four spots. Senior Ngozi Musa led the group with a time of 7.42 seconds and was followed by sophomore Olivia Okoli (7.49), Kelisa Cain (7.54) and DaLoria Boone (7.64). The performance was the first time a school had taken the top four spots in an event at Heps.

Senior Myles Marshall then stepped up and successfully defended his back-to-back 800m Heps titles, again winning the event with a time of 1:49.32. Continuing with mid-distance, junior Kathryn Gillespie placed second in the women's 1000m with a time of 2:45.67.

Three Harvard sprinters qualified for the final of the 200m, where Olivia Okoli (24.42) would go on to earn the team six points with her third-place finish, while Kelisa Cain (24.91) and Micah Meekins (24.93) would place in sixth and seventh, respectively. In the men's 200m, Jovahn Williamson would place sixth in the event with a time of 21.92.

Sophomore Lisa Tertsch excelled in her lone event of the meet, winning the title in the women's 5000m with a time of 16:18.58, the sixth-fastest time in Harvard history. Tertsch would pace the field, staying in the top two for most of the race for the first 3000m, then took control the rest of the way, winning by over 11 seconds. Tuntivate then followed up Tertsch's performance, winning the men's 5000m with a time of 14:25.32, the eighth-fastest time in program history. Tuntivate would pace the field until the final lap where he would outkick the rest of the field, winning by 2.25 seconds.

Harvard would then place in the top three in both the men's and women's distance medley relays before closing out the meet, winning the men's 4x400m relay. The group of Rodney Agyare-May, Myles Marshall, Jovahn Williamson and Kahlil Wassell would run the fifth-fastest time in Harvard history, crossing the finish line in 3:14.60 seconds, beating Penn's relay by .03 seconds on a late lunge by Wassell.

In the field events, Fajemisin reached a mark of 13.27m (43-6.50) to take home her second-straight Heps title in the triple jump. She beat her previous record by six inches and beat the second-place finisher by nearly a foot (9.75 inches). 

Junior Donagh Mahon took home the Heps title in the high jump, reaching a mark of 2.12m (6-11.50). Mahon reached the mark on his second attempt, just edging out Princeton's Jeff Hollis, who reached it on his third attempt, to give him the edge and the win. 

First-year Kyle Murphy completed his second top-four finish of the weekend, placing in fourth in the men's triple jump. He hit a mark of 15.43m (50-7.50), setting a new PR and moving him into fifth-place all-time in program history. 

Harvard Highlights
- Harvard won 10 individual Heps titles throughout the weekend and one relay title.
- After winning the 3000m with only one shoe last night and winning the 5000m today, Kieran Tuntivate was named Male Most Outstanding Track Performer of the meet.
- Breaking her own school record in the triple jump, Simi Fajemisin was named the Female Most Outstanding Field Performer.
- Harvard swept the women's 60m dash, placing in the top four spots of the race.
- Donagh Mahon entered the meet as the top seed in the high jump and proved it, winning the event with a mark of 2.12m (6-11.50).
- Myles Marshall won his third-straight indoor Ivy Heps 800m title, running a time of 1:49.32.

What's Next
Harvard is back in action next weekend for the IC4A/ECAC Meet on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2.

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