Track and Field Competes at Texas Relays, Raleigh Relays, UMass Lowell Invitational

Sideline Photos/The Ivy League
Sideline Photos/The Ivy League

AUSTIN, Texas – Harvard outdoor track and field continued its season, splitting up to compete at the Texas Relays, Raleigh Relays and UMass Lowell Invitational from Thursday to Saturday.

Harvard's men's and women's 4x400m relay teams both qualified for the finals on Saturday. The men's team of Rodney Agyare-May, Jovahn Williamson, Myles Marshall and Kahlil Wassell ran a time of 3:11.30 and finished in eighth in the first round. This is the same group that won the indoor Heps title in the 4x400m as well. On the women's side, the group of Sharelle Samuel, Olivia Okoli, Karina Joiner and Maya Miklos qualified in sixth with a time of 3:43.31. Maya Miklos closed with one of the faster anchor legs in the event with a 53.64 400. 

On the final day, the women's 4x100m relay team of Ngozi Musa, Olivia Okoli, Jada Jones and Kelisa Cain placed eighth with a time of 45.33. Participating in the collegiate heat, they would place third, beating Witchita State and trailing Texas Tech by only .22 seconds. 

The men's 4x400m relay team placed sixth in the final on Saturday with a time of 3:10.05, running the second-fastest time in program history.

RALEIGH N.C. – The distance team headed to Raleigh, North Carolina for the Raleigh Relays. Leading the team was Kieran Tuntivate, who placed sixth in the 10000m run with a time of 28:45.61. 

Tuntivate's time breaks the program record in the 10000m, beating Paul Gomper's 28:55.64 set in 1987.

Also, with notable finishes were Kathryn Gillespie, who placed 15th in the women's 1500m with a time of 4:23.24 and Anna Juul, who placed 19th in the same event. Juul's time of 4:24.27 is a new PR for the sophomore.

LOWELL, Mass. - Harvard also spent Saturday competing at the UMass Lowell Invitational where the women's sprinters thrived.

In the women's 100m dash, first-years Tina Martin (12.08), Katina Martin (12.10) and Fredericka Lewis (12.62) placed 1-2-4. Then in the women's 200m dash, Tina and Katina Martin placed 1-2 again with Tina running a 24.59 while Katina ran a 24.74. 

In the women's pole vault, Kylie Hilton placed second with a mark of 3.55m (11-07.75) and in the women's long jump, Iza Sabharwal placed second with a mark of 5.29m (17-04.25). Sabharwal then followed up her performance, winning the triple jump, reaching 10.71m (35-01.75). Closing out the field events for the women, Martha Kebeh placed second in the hammer throw with her throw of 45.23m (148-05) and Hannah McLaughlin placed third in the javelin when she reached 34.34m (112-08).

On the men's side, Max Serrano-Wu placed third in the 400m dash with his time of 51.23. Liam Hackett then finished in second in the 1500m with a 4:05.77. In the field events, Ian West placed second in the pole vault with a mark of 4.60m (15-01.00). In the throwing events, Blake Young and Jason Judge both had top-three finishes. Young threw a 42.40m (139-01) in the discus to place second while Judge hit a mark of 49.21m (161-05) in the hammer throw.

Harvard Highlights
- Both the men's and women's 4x400m relay teams qualified for their respective finals at the Texas Relays.
- Anna Juul set a new PR with her 4:24.27 in the 1500m.
- Kieran Tuntivate finished in sixth in the 10000m with a time of 28:45.61 at the Raleigh Relays. 
- Harvard's 4x400m relay team ran the second-fastest time in Harvard history with its mark of 3:10.05.
- Tina and Katina Martin finished 1-2 in the 100m and 200m at the UMass Lowell Invitational on Saturday.

What's Next
Harvard is off for two weeks before heading down to New Haven for the Harvard/Yale trials on April 13 in prep for Oxford/Cambridge this June.