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Welsh Named Men’s Co-Most Outstanding Field Athlete; Women Finish Second, Men Third at Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Track and Field Championships

Photo Courtesy: Sideline Photos/The Ivy League
Photo Courtesy: Sideline Photos/The Ivy League
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PRINCETON, N.J. – After posting a win in the men's discus on Saturday and a second-place finish in the men's shot put (16.66m, 54-8) on Sunday, Sam Welsh was named Co-Most Outstanding Field Athlete at the 2019 Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Track and Field Championships in Princeton, N.J. over the weekend.

The women's team finished the meet with a second-place finish totaling 126 points, while the men's team ended in third with 108.

"This was a great weekend for Harvard track and field. In total, we had 11 conference champions and numerous additions to our all-time performance lists," said Jason Saretsky, the William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country. "I'm proud of the way we competed and I want to recognize all the seniors we had out in uniform this weekend at their last Heps – Ngozi Musa, Nicky Maxwell, Myles Marshall, Andrew Bolze, Taylor Brunskole, Ian West, Liam Hackett and Samuel Oh."

Starting off the meet, Chelsea Offiaeli placed sixth in the shot put with a mark of 13.95m (45-9.25).

Will Battershill then placed sixth in the men's 3000m steeplechase with a time of 9:09.25. Following, Anna Juul got the Crimson's first win of the day, taking the women's 1500m with her time of 4:24.72. 

Then, Karina Joiner and Livia Gauntlett placed 3-4 in the women's 100m hurdles, as Joiner would finish third with a season-best 13.81, while Gauntlett would closely follow with a season-best 13.82.

Then in the men's 400m, Jovahn Williamson would rewrite the Harvard record books, running a 46.73 to win the Heps title, while classmate Rodney Agyare-May would take third with a 48.10. Yesterday, Agyare-May broke Williamson's 400m Harvard record in the prelims, but Williamson would only let the record stand for a day, taking it back, and the title.

Harvard's women's sprinters had one of the more incredible performances in Heps history, becoming the first team to ever sweep an event one through five (men or women). Ngozi Musa led the group with an 11.67(5), narrowly edging out Olivia Okoli, who ran an 11.67(8). Then Sisters Tina (11.78) and Katina Martin (11.80) finished in third and fourth, while Kelisa Cain finished fifth in 11.86 seconds. Musa's finish completed her 60m/100m Heps sweep in indoor/outdoor this year.

Myles Marshall would then complete his indoor/outdoor sweep of the 800m, running a season-best 1:48.23. His time is the fifth-fastest in meet history, equaling the mark of a former NCAA champion.

Maya Miklos then improved on her career-best time set yesterday in the 400m hurdles, running a winning with a time of 58.05, while Karina Joiner would finish 5th with a 1:00.17. Then in the men's 400m hurdles, Harvard placed three in the top six, as Charles Lego (52.61(2)) placed second, Jacob McLennan (52.61(4)) finished third and Taylor Brunskole (53.59) sixth. McLennan's 52.61 is a new career-best.

Simi Fajemisin also won both Heps titles in the women's triple jump, reaching 13.14m (43-1.5) this time out. 

Donagh Mahon would go on to place sixth in the men's high jump with a 2.05m (6-8.75) effort.

In the women's 200m, Micah Meekins ran a career-best 24.00 to take the event, which is the sixth-fastest Harvard time ever. She was followed by three other Crimson runners, as Katina Martin (24.23), Tina Martin (24.26) and Okoli (24.37) would go on to finish third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Then in the men's race, Williamson would finish in second with a 21.11-second finish. Williamson's 200 is the fifth-fastest time in school history. 

Lisa Tertsch would then show why she is one of the top Ivy distance runners, winning the women's 5000m with a mark of 16:13.95, after winning the women's 10,000m the previous night. Kieran Tuntivate then placed sixth in the men's 5000m with a time of 14:25.62.

To close out the meet, the women's 4x400m relay group of Sharelle Samuel, Joiner, Meekins and Miklos would place fourth with a 3:44.45. Then, the men's group of Kahlil Wassell, Agyare-May, Williamson and Marshall finished the meet for Harvard on a high note, taking the win with a time of 3:11.35. The finish would complete the indoor/outdoor sweep for the group, who also won the men's 4x400m relay at indoor Heps. 

Harvard Highlights

  • Sam Welsh earned the Male Co-Most Outstanding Field Performer of the meet after winning the men's discus on Saturday and placing second in the men's shot put on Sunday. 
  • Anna Juul would take the women's 1500m with a time of 4:24.72, the eighth-fastest Harvard time in the event. 
  • Jovahn Williamson's effort of 46.73 broke the Harvard record in the men's 400m en route to his event victory, Sunday. He broke classmate Rodney Agyare-May's record from the previous day that barely stood for 24 hours, before taking the record back.
  • Ngozi Musa led the Harvard 100m sprint group to sweep the top-five spots. Her time of 11.675 helped give her the 60m/100m sweep this year. She was followed by teammates Olivia Okoli, Katina Martin, Tina Martin and Kelisa Cain, who would round out the top five.
  • Myles Marshall swept the indoor/outdoor Heps titles in the 800m, winning on Sunday with a time of 1:48.23.
  • Maya Miklos improved on her season-best in the 400m hurdles, running a 58.05 to take the event. 
  • With her jump of 13.14m (43-1.5), Simi Fajemisin won both Heps titles in the women's triple jump this year.
  • Micah Meekins set a new PR, running a 24.00 to take the women's 200m. She was trailed by three other Crimson runners, as Katina Martin (24.23), Tina Martin (24.26) and Olivia Okoli (24.37) would go on to finish third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
  • Following her 10,000m win on Saturday night, Lisa Tertsch would go on to take the 5000m with a time of 16:13.95.
  • Harvard's men's 4x400m relay team swept the event in indoor and outdoor, winning the last event of the day with a time of 3:11.35.

What's Next
Harvard is back in action next weekend at the IC4A/ECAC Championships, hosted at Princeton in Princeton, N.J. on Friday, May 11 to Saturday, May 12.

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