CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's and women's indoor track and field teams opened their seasons Saturday, with both teams beating visitors Northeastern, Albany and Ivy League foe Dartmouth. The men scored 33 team points, edging Northeastern's 30. The women's team ran away with the meet, scoring 42 points, besting Albany's 29.
First-years were the stars of the show for the Crimson on Saturday, winning four field events for Harvard. The combination of Alexander Kolesnikoff and Sarah Omoregie swept the shot put for Harvard, beating competitors from all three visiting institutions. Omoregie threw 15.46m (50'8") in her final heave of the day to claim the victory, while Kolesnikoff's first two throws of 17.49m (57'4") and 17.50m (57'5") were far clear of the field. The Strathfield, Australia native's two tosses were more than 1.50m (4'11") farther than second place.
The jumps team also had stellar performances from first-years. Chet Ellis needed just one leap to beat four Northeastern jumpers, hitting at 1.96m (6'5"). He would also clear 2.04m (6'8"), cementing his victory. Sam Wright, a first-year pole vaulter from Lodi, Calif., cleared 4.90m (16'1") on his second attempt that earned him the event victory.
In the Women's 60m Dash, sophomore Katina Martin ran 7.49s in the prelims to have the top qualifying time, a career best that only stood for about an hour, when she ran 7.47s in the finals. Her time edged an Albany competitor by .03 seconds. That time ranks Martin sixth on the all-time Harvard list, tied with junior teammate Olivia Okoli.
"We've got a really young squad overall but we've also got some great leadership with our juniors and seniors so I think we are set up for a great year" said Jason Saretsky, the William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Harvard Track and Field/Cross Country.
- Junior Kendall Bensche cleared 1.70m in the high jump, a personal best.
- Sophomore Kyle Murphy leaped 7.29m to win the men's long jump.
- Sophomore Jada Jones, senior Livia Gauntlett and senior Karina Joiner placed 2-3-4 in the 60m Hurdles, adding six points to the Crimson women's team score.
- Harvard won at least one edition (men's or women's) in four of five field events.
Harvard – 42
Albany – 29
Dartmouth – 23
Northeastern – 12
Harvard – 33
Northeastern – 30
Dartmouth – 27
Albany – 19
Harvard will spend the rest of the 2019 calendar year away from compeition, but will return on the weekend of January 10-11 for the Harvard Multi Meet and Beantown Challenge, both to be hosted at the Gordon Indoor Track.