On the women’s side, senior Morgan Kelly added her name to the record books in the five-kilometer event with the top outdoor time in Crimson history. She finished in a time of 16:11.05. This long-standing record had not been broken since Katie Wiley ’85 finished in 16:15.08.
The men were also strong competitors in the 5k, with senior James Leakos moving to second all time with his time of 13:44.57. Sophomore Tom Purnell was just behind him, claiming fifth all time with his time of 13:59.42.
MIT COED INVITE
Just down the river on MIT’s campus, the MIT Coed Invitational was renamed the Sean Collier Invitational to honor the fallen MIT police officer who was killed last spring following the events of the Boston Marathon bombing.
“The big thing for that meet is another opportunity for kids to get a chance to compete,” Harvard coach Jason Saretsky said. “We’re very committed to this program having all the team members provided opportunities to have competitive experiences. It’s nice to be able to stay local and travel a short distance to get on a fast track to the competition.”
This meet was particularly helpful to some of the younger members of the team to gain meet experience. Freshman Madeline Zimmerman came in second in the triple jump with a distance of 11.38 meters.
As the regular season winds down and the runners prepare for the championship portion of the season, both runners and field athletes will be focusing on fine-tuning their events.
“As a team we will focus on really executing in these last meets before Heps and competing as well as we practice,” Hansen said.
—Staff writer Theresa C. Hebert can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.