Women's Track and Field Places Second, Men Place Third in Annual H-Y-P Meet

Aaron Shirley Running
Photo Courtesy: Gil Talbot

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- The Harvard track and field team competed at the annual H-Y-P Meet on Saturday, contested at Coxe Cage in New Haven, Conn. The women's team placed second earning 58 points, while the men placed third earning 28 points.

The field events kicked off the meet, with multiple first-years stealing the show. In the women's shot put, Harvard brought in nine of the 11 points placing 1-2-4 in the event. First-year Sarah Omoregie (1st/ 15.63m / 51'03.50") and sophomore Chelsea Offiaeli (2nd/ 14.45m / 47.05.00") both garnered personal-bests, while first-year Estel Valeanu placed fourth with a distance of 13.45m (44'01.50). Omoregie currently sits second in the Harvard record books behind Olympian Nikki Okwelogu '17 (17.66m / 57'11.25"), while Offiaeli ranks seventh. For the men, first-year Alexander Kolesnikoff placed third with a throw of 17.01m (55'09.75') and sophomore Sam Welsh placed fourth (15.92m/ 52'02.75').

Another first-year – Stephanie Ratcliffe – won her event today, taking first in the women's weight throw with a toss of 18.92m (62'01.00"), a new personal best. Her performance today moves her into second in the all-time record books, behind Adabelle Ekechukwu '14 (20.81m / 68'04.00"), passing Olympian Nicky Grant '02. Senior Martha Kebeh also had a personal best in the weight throw, placing sixth with a 15.87m (52'01.00") effort.

First-year Chet Ellis tallied a second-place finish for the Crimson in the high jump, (2.04m / 6'08.25"), while sophomore DaLoria Boone took home first in the long jump, leaping 5.64m (18'06.00").

Junior Erick Duffy placed second in the men's pole vault, clearing the 5.05m (16'06.75") mark, followed by first-year Sam Wright who finished third after clearing the 4.95m mark (16'02.75"). Sophomores Alana Carroll and Kylie Hilton represented the Crimson in the women's pole vault with a third and fourth-place finish. Overall, the field events brought in 37 points for the Crimson.

In the running events, sophomore Tré Hollingsworth and first-year Aaron Shirley placed second and third in the men's 60m hurdles tallying five points for the team. Hollingsworth ran a personal-best 8.13 second race, while Shirley came in right behind Hollingsworth at 8.14 seconds, also a personal best. With his time, Hollingsworth is now tied with Duffy sitting in fifth in the all-time record books, while Shirley now ranks sixth. Senior Livia Gauntlett, sophomore Jada Jones and senior Zoe Hughes brought in six points for their team with a 2-3-4 finish in the women's 60m hurdles.

Junior Ryan Thrush garnered another personal-best for the second week in the row, crossing the line in 48.83 seconds in the men's 400m dash. In the women's 400m dash, sophomore Sharelle Samuel brought in five points for the team with her time of 56.13, good enough for first-place. Sophomores Anna Juul (1:14.77) and Will Crisp (1:06.37) both placed second in their respective 500m races. Juul's time is a new personal-best by nearly three seconds.

Sophmore Katina Martin (7.52) and junior Olivia Okoli (7.56) finished first and second in the women's 60m dash, bringing in eight points. Junior Abbe Goldsein grabbed a first-place finish and a new personal-best for herself, running the 800m run with a time of 2:09.44.

Senior Michael Kolor brought in personal-best in the men's 1000m run, placing sixth (2:25.45). To pair with her second-place finish in the 60m dash, Okoli also placed second in the 200m dash, running a time of 24.72, and bringing in three points.  Ending the day with the 4x400m relay, the men's team earned in a second-place finish along with three points (Jacob McLennan, Thrush, Max Serrano-Wu, Kahlil Wassell). With a time of 3:45.59, the women's relay team also placed second in the 4x400m (Hughes, Samuel, Maya Miklos, Micah Meekins). Meekins proved critical to the race and to the overall team score, anchoring the 4x400m in 53.21 seconds. Her time brought the relay from third place to second place, finishing just .13 seconds behind first. Her performance kept the overall team score ahead of Yale, to capture the second-place finish. 

Highlights

  • Ratcliffe won the women's weight throw, capturing a new personal-best with her throw of 18.92m (62'01.00"). She currently sits in second in the all-time record books.
  • Martin (7.52) and Okoli (7.56) finished first and second in the women's 60m dash, bringing in eight points.
  • Thrush garnered another personal-best for the second week in the row, crossing the line in 48.83 seconds in the men's 400m dash.
  • Omoregie placed first in the shot put, (15.6m / 51'03.50") and tallied a personal best. She sits in second in the all-time record books behind Nikki Okwelogu '17 (17.66m / 57'11.25").

What's Next
The Crimson will split up for the Clemson Tiger Paw Invitational in Clemson, S.C, and the Valentine Invitational at BU next weekend, Feb. 14-15.