Agyare-May Breaks 400m Record as Outdoor Track and Field Competes at First Day of Ivy Heps

Agyare-May Breaks 400m Record as Outdoor Track and Field Competes at First Day of Ivy Heps

PRINCETON, N.J. – During the third heat of the men's 400m prelims at the 2019 Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Track and Field Championships on Saturday, sophomore Rodney Agyare-May broke the Harvard record in the event with his time of 46.94. His time beat teammate Jovahn Williamson's record time of 47.03, set last year at Heps. Williamson would go on to qualify second this year for the final with his time of 47.21, a season-best.

After the first day, the Harvard men's team is in second place with 34 points, while the women's team is in fourth with 17.

Continuing with the men's track events, Trè Hollingsworth qualified for tomorrow's final in the 110m hurdles, crossing the finish line in 14.57. Harvard also had three qualify in the men's 400m hurdles, as Charles Lego had the top time in the event (51.92) with Jacob McLennan and Taylor Brunskole also moving on to tomorrow's race with times of 52.87 and 52.86, respectively. All three times set new PR's for the hurdlers, while Lego's is the fifth-fastest in program history.

Myles Marshall is in a prime position to repeat his indoor 800m Heps title, finishing first in the prelims with a 1:48.84 effort. 

Williamson would then go on to qualify for the men's 200m final as well, finishing fourth with a time of 21.35. That time is a new PR for the sophomore.

In the men's field events, Sam Welsh would take the title in the discus with a career-best mark of 58.88m (193-2). The distance is the second-best in program history. Kyle Murphy would go on to place fourth in the men's long jump, setting a new PR with a mark of 7.35m (24-1.5) – the ninth-best jump in Harvard outdoor history. 

In the pole vault, Erick Duffy and Ian West would go 2-3 on the men's side, as Duffy hit a height of 5.07m (16-7.5) and West a mark of 4.95m (16-2.75). In the women's event, Alana Carroll would finish fourth with a mark of 3.70m (12-1.5). 

Simi Fajemisin earned four points for the women's team with a season-best jump of 5.85m (19-2.5).

Harvard's women's sprinters and hurdlers then shined as they took the track. In the 100m hurdles, Jada Jones (13.82), Livia Gauntlett (13.83) and Karina Joiner (13.83) finished 3-5-6 heading into tomorrow's final. Then in the 400m hurdles, Maya Miklos heads into tomorrow with the top spot, finishing in 58.26 seconds, the fourth-fastest time in program history. Joiner followed up her 100m hurdles finish with a fourth-place finish in the 400m hurdles, crossing the finish line with a season-best 59.68. 

Then in the 100m, Harvard finished with five in the top six. Starting with a 1-2-3 sweep, Kelisa Cain and Katina Martin finished in 11.667 and 11.670, respectively, while Olivia Okoli barely trailed with an 11.68. All three times were career-best finishes. Then, Tina Martin placed fifth with a career-best time of 11.80 and Ngozi Musa qualified sixth with an 11.84. The Crimson then repeated the success in the 200m, finishing with five in the top seven. Olivia Okoli placed second with a career-best time of 23.90, which is the second-fastest time in program history. Harvard then finished 4-5-6-7, as Tina Martin (23.92), Micah Meekins (24.08), Kelisa Cain (24.18) and Katina Martin (23.95) qualified in that order.

Later in the night, Lisa Tertsch would win the women's 10,000m with a time of 35:05.32. Then, Kieran Tuntivate ran a 32:07.66 to finish in third in the men's 10,000m.

Harvard Highlights
- Rodney Agyare-May broke the men's 400m record with a time of 46.94, helping him qualify in the top spot for tomorrow's final. Classmate Jovahn Williamson qualified in second with a season-best time of 47.21 seconds.
- Myles Marshall qualified in first for the men's 800m, running a time of 1:48.84.
- Charles Lego's time of 51.92 in the men's 400m hurdles was good enough to give him the top spot heading into the finals in the event and was the fifth-fastest 400m hurdles time in Harvard history.
- Sam Welsh won the men's discus, throwing a 58.88m (193-2), which is the second-best mark in Harvard history. The win is his first individual Heps title.
- Harvard's hurdles ran strong, with Jada Jones leading the Crimson to a 3-5-6 finish in the 100m hurdles prelims and Maya Miklos leading the 400m hurdlers to a 1-4 finish.
- The Crimson has five sprinters in the women's 100m and 200m finals tomorrow. In the 100m, Kelisa Cain led a group that finished 1-2-3-5-6 while Olivia Okoli led a 200m group that finished 2-4-5-6-7. 
- Lisa Tertsch would win the women's 10,000m with her time of 35:05.32.

What's Next
Harvard is back tomorrow (May 5) for the final day of the 2019 Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Track and Field Championships with events beginning at 10 p.m. and the broadcast beginning at 12:30 p.m., live on ESPN+.