Harvard Track and Field Competes at Clemson Invitational, Jovahn Williamson Breaks His Own School Record in 400m

Williamson running in front of Yale runner
Photo Courtesy: Gil Talbot

Clemson, S.C.- Junior sprinter Jovahn Williamson led Harvard track and field in the first day of the Clemson Invitational, breaking the indoor school record in the 400m by crossing the finish line in 47.29 seconds. The new school record is a tenth faster than the previous record, which Williamson set himself in the 2018-19 season.

A pair of first-years both placed fourth in the shot put, Sarah Omoregie on the women's side with a toss of 15.20m (49-10.50) and Alexander Kolesnikoff on the men's side with a throw of 16.54m (54-03.25). Sophomore Kyle Murphy placed fifth in the men's long jump with a distance of 7.23m (23-08.75).  Both first-year Samuel Bennett and sophomore Tré Hollingsworth placed in the men's 60m hurdles, with a time of 8.03 seconds for Bennett in fifth place and 8.27 seconds for Hollingsworth in seventh.

Junior Kahlil Wassell had a strong showing in the 60m dash with a time of 7.07 seconds placing sixth in the event. Running in the final heat in the 400m dash alongside Williamson, junior Rodney Agyare-May and first-year Gregory Lapit placed sixth and seventh with a 47.95 and a 48.55.

Highlights

  • Williamson broke the 400m dash record two years in a row, both at the Clemson Invitational.
  • Omoregie and Kolesnikoff have placed fourth or higher in the last three meets.
  • Harvard will finish out day two of the Clemson Invitational tomorrow, with fourteen events on the meet schedule.
  • Bennett's time of 8.03 seconds in the 60m hurdles places him third overall in the school record book.

What's Next

After a night of rest, the Crimson will head back to the track with an 11:00 a.m. start time on Saturday, Jan. 18. Field events will kick off with women's high jump and men's triple jump, while track events will get underway at 1:00 p.m. with the men's 600m run up first. The other part of the team will compete at BU with a 12:00 p.m. start time.