Outdoor Track and Field Continues Success vs. Yale; Both Men’s and Women’s Teams Win Meet

Outdoor Track and Field Continues Success vs. Yale; Both Men’s and Women’s Teams Win Meet

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The men's and women's outdoor track teams traveled to archrival Yale for its annual dual meet, with the men winning 95-68 and the women, 105-57. The meet serves as the trials for Harvard/Yale at Oxford/Cambridge, set for June 29 in Cambridge, United Kingdom. 

Notably, first-year Alana Carroll broke the Harvard record in the women's pole vault with her mark of 4.01m (13-1.75). The height was good enough for her to win the event.

The women's 4x100m relay of Ngozi Musa, Olivia Okoli, Jada Jones and Kelisa Cain got the Crimson off and running to start the meet, winning with a time of 45.57.

Will Battershill then blew away the competition in the 3000m steeplechase, crossing the finish line in 8:49.97, nearly 25 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. That time is the third-fastest in program history. Anna Juul then won the 1500m with her time of 4:26.45.

Tre Hollingsworth then won the 110m hurdles with his time of 14.71 seconds, while Andrew Bolze closely followed, placing second with a time of 14.88. On the women's side, Harvard went 1-2-3 as Jada Jones (13.96), Livia Gauntlett (13.98) and Karina Joiner (14.05) would sweep the event. 

Harvard then swept the men's and women's 400m as Sharelle Samuel then won the women's race with a 55.43 and Jovahn Williamson won the men's race with a 47.25. Samuel moves into third all-time in the event with the performance.

Our women's sprinters then stepped up for the 100m and showed their dominance placing in the top-five spots of the 100m. Ngozi Musa led the way with a finish in 11.67 seconds, while Olivia Okoli and Katina Martin followed closely followed with an 11.71 and 11.72, respectively. Musa just barely missed her PR by .01 seconds. Martin also moves onto the record books and into sixth place.

Myles Marshall then won the men's 800m with his time of 1:52.68. Following his performance, Harvard would go on to win both the men's and women's 400m hurdles. In the women's race, Maya Miklos moved into fifth all-time with her 59.11 while Jacob McLennan won the men's race with a 53.21. Taylor Brunskole closely followed McLennan, placing second in the race with a 53.55. 

Harvard then went 1-2-3 again in the women's 200m, as Olivia Okoli crossed the finish line in a 24.22 to win, and was followed by Tina Martin (24.29) and Micah Meekins (24.35). On the men's side, Jovahn Williamson placed second with a time of 21.37. 

The Crimson won both the men's and women's 5000m races as well, where Kieran Tuntivate ran a 14:25.08 and Abbe Goldstein ran a 17:05.51. Harvard then won both the men's and women's 4x400m relays. The women's group of Zoe Hughes, Samuel, Joiner and Miklos won with a time of 3:46.90 while the men's group of Brunskole, Marshall, Max Serrano-Wu and McLennan won with a 3:16.79.

Kyle Murphy went on to win both the men's long jump and triple jump with marks of 14.91m (48-11) in the triple jump and 7.23m (23-8.75) in the long jump. Erick Duffy then set a new PR in the pole vault with a mark of 5.41m (17-9).

The Harvard men's throwers then won both every throwing event except the hammer throw. In the javelin, John Minicus and Jacob Wertheimer went 1-2 with marks of 54.33m (178-03) and 45.17 (148-02). Samuel Welsh (15.60m, 51-2.25) and Gunnar Allison (15.20m, 49-10.50) then combined to go 1-2 in the men's shot put. The duo then followed up the performance going 1-2 in the men's discus as well, as Welsh hit a mark of 51.48m (168-11) and Allison hit a mark of 48.15m (158-00).

On the women's side, Simi Fajemisin won the long jump with a mark of 5.77m (18-11.25), while Rachael Estell placed second with a 5.54m (18-2.25) jump. As Carroll would win the pole vault, Kylie Hilton placed second in the event with a mark of 3.36m (11-.25). Then in the high jump, Kendall Bensche took second with her mark of 1.63m (5-4.25). Hannah McLaughlin would then go on to win the javelin with a mark of 33.79m (110-10).

Harvard Highlights
- Alana Carroll's mark of 4.01m (13-1.75) breaks the Harvard women's outdoor record in the pole vault, moving her atop the record book.
- Will Battershill's 8:49.97 is the third-fastest 3000m steeplechase in Harvard men's outdoor history.
- Harvard went 1-2-3 in both the men's and women's 100H/110H.
- Sharelle Samuel's 55.43 second 400m is the third-fastest time in program history.
- The women's sprinters swept the top-five spots in the 100m and the top-three in the 200m.
- Kieran Tuntivate and Abbe Goldstein led Harvard to wins in the men's and women's 5000m.
- Kyle Murphy won both the long jump and triple jump.
- Erick Duffy set a new PR in the pole vault with a 5.41m (17-9), improving his mark from 5.26m. The mark keeps him in second in the event in program history.
- Samuel Welsh and Gunnar Allison went 1-2 in both the men's shot put and discus. 

What's Next
Harvard is back on the road, splitting for a pair of meets. First, Crimson will compete at the UVA Challenge in Charlottesville, Virginia on April 19-20, with select student-athletes competing at the LSU Alumni Gold meet in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on April 20.