NEW YORK, N.Y.- Harvard track and field sophomores shined in day one of the Columbia Challenge, highlighted by a second-place finish from Kelisa Cain in the women's 60m dash. Cain ran a personal best of 7.36 seconds, which ranks her second in the Ivy League record books. At the end of day one, the men's team sits in fourth-place with 19 points, while the women are in fifth with 23.5 points.
In the field events, first-year Sarah Omoregie led the women in the shot put, placing sixth with a toss of 14.88m (48' 10.00"). Following behind Omoregie, sophomore Chelsea Offiaeli placed 10th with a throw of 13.42m (44' 0.50"). First-year Alexander Kolesnikoff recorded a third-place finish in the shot put with distance of 17.53m (57' 06.25"). Sophomore Kyle Murphy and senior Simi Fajemisin both placed fourth in their respective events, Murphy reaching 7.26m (23' 10.00") in the men's long jump and Fajemisin with an effort of 5.94m (19' 06.00") in the women's long jump. Sophomores Alana Carroll and Kylie Hilton contested in the women's pole vault, Carroll placing sixth (3.75m/12' 03.50") and Hilton finishing 10th.
The women's distance medley relay placed fourth with a time of 11:25.72 (Anna Juul, Tessa Medrano, Abbe Goldstein, Brooke Starn) in their first race of the season, while first-year Samuel Bennett led the Crimson in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.08 seconds, placing him second.
- Kolesnikoff has placed top-five in every meet thus far in the 2019-20 season.
- Cain's new PR in the 60m dash is a tenth faster than her previous time, which was set at the Texas Tech Shootout in the 2018-19 season.
- Both top placements (Cain 60m/ Murphy long jump) came from sophomores.
- The Crimson will compete in eighteen events on day two of the meet.
The team will return to action tomorrow morning in New York with a 9:30 a.m. start time.