Harriers Move Success Show Indoors
Coming off a very successful cross-country season, the Harvard men's and women's track teams were hoping that their winning ways would continue into the indoor season.
After Saturday's indoor opener against Boston College, it looks like the Crimson will have just as much success indoors as out.
In the dual meet, the Harvard men outpointed the Eagles, 90-45, while the Crimson women topped B.C., 71-47.
"I don't think we could have done any better," Co-Captain James Russell said. "There were great performances all around.
Behind Russell's 58-ft., 8 3/4-in. toss, Harvard swept the 35-lb. weight throw event to start the meet. The Crimson never relinquished its lead.
In an impressive showing, nine Harvard men placed first in their events. The Crimson--led by many rookies--outperformed the Eagles in both the track and the field events.
In their first collegiate meets, freshman Nick Sweeney and sophomore Mike Short both helped the Crimson sweep field events. Short placed first in the pole vault by clearing 13 ft., while Sweeney captured the shot put with a toss of 47 ft., 11 3/4 in.
In the track events, junior Sean Turbitt won the 60-yd. hurdles with a time of 8.02, while freshman Mauricio Velez nabbed the 60-yd. dash in 6.65.
Freshman John Koenigsknecht took the 500-yd. run with a time of 1:06.65, while fellow yardling Mark Gragg snared the 440-yd. race in 51.36. Harvard also won the one-and two-mile relays.
In the women's meet, sophomore Meredith Rainey again showed why she is one of the Crimson's top runners in many years. Rainey snagged first place in the 220-and 440-yd. runs, and ran an 880-yd. leg to help Harvard win the two-mile relay.
Rainey, who ran the 220-yd. dash in 25.61, and the 440-yd. race in 56.87, helped produce 15 points for the women.
In other events, senior Jennifer St. Louis garnered the 20-lb. weight throw with a toss of 43 ft., 6 1/2 in., while sophomore Patty Min nabbed the 60-yd. hurdles with a time of 8.77.