Kieran Tuntivate Breaks the Harvard and Ivy League Record in the Men’s 3000m Run

Tuntivate Running action
Photo Courtesy: Svenne Juul

BOSTON, Mass.- Senior Kieran Tuntivate broke both the Harvard and the Ivy League record in the men's 3000m run this afternoon at the Scarlet & White Invitational. His time of 7:49.15 is over two seconds faster than the previous record holder, Harvard alum Makism Korolev '14 (7:51.52). Before today's race, Tuntivate sat in fourth in the Harvard record books.

It was a great day overall for the Crimson on the track, with several personal bests as well as student-athletes breaking into the Harvard record books. Junior Ryan Thrush tallied a personal best in the men's 500m run, crossing the finish line first with a time of (1:03.05). Thrush's time moves him into the number four slot in the all-time record books for Harvard. Senior Jacob McLennan placed second (1:05.23), while sophomore Max Serrano-Wu had yet again another personal best with a time of 1:05.53.

Juniors Anna Juul and Abbe Goldstein placed fourth and fifth in the women's mile. The duo moved into the Harvard record books with their performances; Juul moved into second place all-time with a time of 4:37.50, followed by Goldstein moving into third all-time (4:37.84).  In the men's mile, senior Will Battershill tallied a personal best for a second week in a row, this time running the mile nearly two seconds faster than last week. (4:06.79). Not only did Battershill run a personal best, he was awarded first place.

In the women's 1000m run, junior Tessa Medrano had a new personal best, beating her previous time by nearly six seconds. Her time of 2:51.11 was good enough for an eighth-place finish. Sophomore Sharelle Samuel grabbed a personal best for herself, running the 400m dash in 55.35 seconds.

First-year Gregory Lapit added to the lists of personal bests, placing first in the men's 400m dash with a time of 47.62. Lapit's performance on the day moved him up into the all-time performance list, coming in at number two behind teammate Jovahn Williamson (47.39). Finishing behind Lapit, first-year Aaron Shirley finished third (47.93), while also moving into fourth in the record books.

Every athlete-both men and women ran a personal best in the 3000m run. On the women's side, senior Gillian Meeks led the Crimson finishing in sixth place, running the race in (9:32.73).

Highlights

  • Tuntivate now sits at the top of the Harvard and Ivy League record books in the men's 3000m run.
  • Battershill has now run a personal best in the men's mile two weeks in a row.
  • Lapit already sits second in the all-time record books in the 400m dash, only half way through his first year on the team.
  • Every athlete- both men's and women's runners ran personal bests in the 3000m run.

What's Next
The Crimson will travel to New Haven, Conn. to compete in the 66th edition of the Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet on Saturday, Feb. 8.