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Harvard women’s track and field won its fifth consecutive Ivy League Indoor Heps title. (The Ivy League/Sideline Photos)
NEW YORK, N.Y. – It was a memorable day at the NYC Armory for Harvard track and field, as the women’s team earned its fifth consecutive Ivy Indoor Heps title, keyed by sophomore sprinter Gabby Thomas‘ record-setting wins in the 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash. Harvard tallied 129 points, followed by Penn (109.33), Columbia (97.33), Cornell (81), Princeton (81), Dartmouth (62), Brown (34.33) and Yale (26). The Harvard men’s team placed sixth overall with 58 points. Princeton won the event with 147 points to hold off Cornell, which finished with 101. Dartmouth was third with 82, followed by Yale (78), Penn (65), Harvard (58), Columbia (56) and Brown (32).
The Harvard women captured two more individual titles, as senior Nikki Okwelogu won her fourth straight indoor Heps title in the shotput, and freshman Judy Pendergast topped the podium in the 5,000-meter run.
60M Hurdles: A pair of freshman hurdlers earned points for the Crimson, as Livia Gauntlett placed third with a new personal record time (8.59). On her heels was Karina Joiner, who took fourth place finishing in 8.75 seconds.
400M: Senior Jade Miller finished second in the 400-meter dash, earning a spot on the podium with her best time in the event, finishing in 54.29 seconds.
60M Dash: Sophomore sprinter Gabby Thomas won the 60m dash title for the second consecutive year, nearing her own Ivy League record (7.29s) set in the preliminaries yesterday with a winning time of 7.31 seconds. Sophomore sprinter Ngozi Musa made it a 1-2 finish for Harvard with her best time of the year, placing second in 7.45 seconds.
200M Dash: Gabby Thomas made it a double, setting a new indoor school record, and Ivy record with a 22.88 mark in the final, almost a full second ahead of the field.
5000M: Freshman Judy Pendergast earned her first Ivy Heps title, battling Columbia senior Natalie Tanner to the finish line and winning the 5000-meter run in 16:07.26, Harvard’s first indoor Heps champion in the event since Lindsey Scherf in 2006. Junior Elianna Shwayder also earned a point for Harvard, placing sixth in 16:36.87.
4x400M Relay: Harvard won the 4×400-meter relay at indoor Heps for the second consecutive year, as Zoe Hughes, Gabby Thomas, Jade Miller, and Karina Joiner combined for a 3:42.02 showing, over four seconds ahead of second-place Cornell.
Triple Jump: Freshman Simi Fajemisin narrowly missed winning an individual Heps title in the triple jump, earning second place with her 12.96m effort (.03m off the winning mark) on her last jump. Fajemisin broke a 16-year Harvard record, previously held by Dora Gyorffy ’01 (12.79m).
Shotput: Senior Nikki Okwelogu won her fourth straight Ivy Heps title with a 16.52m effort, nearly two meters better than the field. Okwelogu is just the second student-athlete in Ivy League history to win four straight Ivy League Indoor Heps titles in shotput, and the first since Debbie St. Phard from Princeton (1984-87).
High Jump: Senior Raegan Nizdil recorded her best jump of the season, clearing 1.70m on her first attempt to earn fourth place and four points for Harvard.
60M Hurdles: Junior Jay Hebert placed second with his second best effort, and the second best effort in school history in the event, crossing the finish line in 8.02.
400M: Senior James Heckendorn advanced to the event final in the 400-meter dash, placing fifth overall in 48.92 to earn points for Harvard.
60M Dash: Junior Malcolm Johnson just missed earning points for Harvard, placing seventh with a 7.01 showing in the final.
800M: Sophomore Myles Marshall won his first individual Heps title in the 800M run, finishing in 1:48.98, the third fastest time in school history (Marshall has the first, second, and third fastest times in school history).
1000M: Junior Gabe Montague earned a point for Harvard, placing sixth in the 1000 meter run in 2:26.52.
5000M: Sophomore Collin Price set a new personal record in the 5,000 meter run, placing 20th in 15.03.72.
4x400M Relay: The Harvard men’s 4×400-meter relay team earned a spot on the podium with an exciting finish to the day, as the Crimson team of Jacob McLennan, James Heckendorn, Matthew Hurst, and Alexander Moor finished in 3:15.28 seconds, with .74 seconds separating places 1-4 in the event.
Triple Jump: Senior captain Efe Uwaifo captured his third straight Heps title in the triple jump, sealing the win on his final jump of the day (15.82m).
Shotput: Senior Julian Nunally narrowly missed a spot on the podium, finishing fourth in the shotput with a 16.97m effort on his last throw of the competition.
High Jump: Freshman Donagh Mahon placed ninth with a 2.01m effort, his second best jump of the indoor season.
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