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Last weekend was a big one for the Harvard men and women’s track and field teams, as the women provided a performance to remember, taking home a third straight Ivy League title, while the men gritted out a fifth-place finish at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships.
Captain Erika Veidis, seen here in the Indoor Heptogonal Championships in Feb. 2013, was part of the 4 x 880 relay team that clinched the third straight Ivy League Heptagonal Championships for the women's team
Competing at home in front of a packed building, the women were able to defend their title for the second year in a row and claim the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships for the fifth time in program history.
A season filled with long trips, various records, and hours of hard work comes to fruition this weekend as the Harvard men’s and women’s track and field teams host the Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships.
The frigid air and heavy snow kept many inside on Saturday, but the weekend storm was no match for the ice running through the veins of sophomore track athlete Nikki Okwelogu.
Sophomore Nikki Okwelogu bettered her Ivy League record in the shot put for the third consecutive weeks at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships this past weekend.
The men and women each took second, with 36 and 54 points respectively, behind the champion Princeton Tigers.
Sophomore Nikki Okwelogu set an Ivy League women's shot put record this past weekend.
Another weekend for the Harvard track and field team, another opportunity to break records. The Crimson has made a habit of setting new records throughout the season, and this weekend was no different.
Captain Erika Veidis ran to the second-fastest 800-meter time in the country as the men's and women's track and field teams continued to impress.
In addition to her record-matching performance in the 60-meter dash, Barbian ran for a personal best 24.46 seconds in the 200-meter race, .28 seconds faster than her previous best. The senior’s performance in the 200 ranks fourth all-time in Harvard history.
The Crimson athletes showed they could compete with talent located outside the boundaries of the Northeast, as seniors Danielle Barbian and Ben Glauser, along with sophomore Nikki Okwelogu won their respective events.
The men's and women's track and field teams combined for three school records and five meet records while taking home 13 titles in their opening weekend.
Demonstrating individual and team success, both teams placed fourth, with the men gaining three individual victories and the women earning four top-three finishes.