Women’s Indoor Track and Field Captures Beantown Challenge, Men Place Second

Collin Fullen races in the 60m Dash.
Photo courtesy of Erica Denhoff.
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Hitting the track and field for the first time in 2020, the Harvard men's and women's indoor track teams competed at the Beantown Challenge and Harvard Multi Meets over the weekend, both contested on the friendly confines of the Gordon Indoor Track. The women won the competition, claiming victory by scoring 128.5 points, over 30 points more than second place UConn. The Harvard men placed second at the Beantown Challenge, falling shy of UConn. Full results can be seen below.

The Beantown Challenge got underway on Friday evening in Cambridge, with the short sprints and the hurdles events taking place on the track, as well as the women's pole vault and men's and women's weight throw. Crimson student-athletes led the way as sophomore Katina Martin (7.52s) and first-year Collin Fullen (6.82s) swept the 60m Dash races. Harvard women placed one through tied-third in the 60m Dash, continuing its strong performance in the event as sophomore Kelissa Cain and junior Olivia Okoli followed right behind Martin. The 60m Hurdles finals displayed similar success for the Crimson, as sophomore Jada Jones and seniors Karina Joiner and Livia Gauntlett placed 1-3-4 in the race.

After a night's rest, Harvard competitors were back to the track on Saturday, picking up five event wins. First-years Alexander Kolesnikoff and Sarah Omoregie continued where they left off in December at the Crimson Opener, as the pair swept the shot put for the second consecutive meet.

Continuing her winning ways on Saturday was Martin, capturing the 200m Dash with a time of 24.34s to sweep the women's short sprints. Sophomore Sharelle Samuel got the win in the 500m Dash with a time of 1:16.33, edging UConn's Kristina Cherrington to give Harvard 10 event points.

The Beantown Challenge concluded with the Mile Relay, and the Harvard Men's Team of Kahlil Wassell, Rodney Agyare-May, Aaron Shirley and Gregory Lapit won the race with a time of 3:17.15 seconds.

At the Harvard Multi Meet, the men's heptathlon and women's pentathlon were contested. Jada Harris from Massachusetts won the women's edition scoring 3579 points and Jonathan Pelusi from Brown earned victory in the men's event with 4810 points.

Harvard Highlights

  • Both Kolesnikoff and Omoregie have etched their names onto the Harvard all-time performance list, with Kolesnikoff's toss of 17.71m (58-01.25) ranking fifth and Omoregie's throw of 15.55m (51-00.25) placing second.
  • Harvard picked up seven total event wins on Saturday, including sweeping the shot put and 60m Dash.
  • Sophomore Kyle Murphy won his second straight event, winning the triple jump with a leap of 15.14m (49-08.25) at the Beantown Challenge after taking the long jump at the Crimson Opener in December.

Women's Results
Harvard - 128.5
UConn - 98
Brown - 71.5
Boston College - 63
Northeastern - 62
Massachusetts - 60
UMass-Lowell - 45
Holy Cross - 40
Suffolk - 6
Stonehill - 4

Men's Results
UConn - 216.5
Harvard - 85
UMass-Lowell - 73.5
Brown - 60
Northeastern - 45
Boston College - 39
Massachusetts - 31.5
Holy Cross - 4.5
Stonehill - 3

What's Next
The Crimson will split for the first time in the 2019-2020 indoor season next weekend (Jan. 17-18), with competing student-athletes travelling to Clemson, S.C. for the Tiger Paw Invitational as well as staying local to compete at Boston University.