Track and Cross Country
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On Friday at the Coast to Coast Battle of Beantown at Franklin Park in Boston, Harvard cross country emerged from two crowded fields to earn a pair of top-10 finishes.
Men’s cross country co-captain, Tom Purnell, pictured above in action against Yale on Sept. 14, 2013, finished in first place in the men’s 8K race at the annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet, besting Princeton rival William Bertrand to finish with a time of 24:48. The Harvard men tied for second at the meet.
Tom Purnell, a co-captain of the Harvard men’s cross country team, opened up his last season as a member of the Crimson by pulling out a first-place finish in the Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet on home turf at Franklin Park in Boston this past Friday.
Harvard co-captain Thomas Purnell, pictured above competing against Yale on Sept. 14, 2013, edged second-place finisher William Bertrand to take the men's 8K title.
One year removed from last place finishes at the same meet last season, the Harvard men’s cross country team tied for second place and the women’s team took home a first-place finish by a one-point margin at the annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton contest this past Friday at Franklin Park in Boston.
Senior Tom Purnell, pictured in previous action, looks to lead a young Harvard cross country team into the new season.
This Friday, a new-look Harvard men’s and women’s cross country team will hit the ground running in Franklin Park at the Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet, the squad’s first of the 2015 season.
Freshman sprinter Malcolm Johnson claimed the 60 meter title in his first ever Ivy League Heptagonal competition.
Freshman Malcolm Johnson was a highly recruited sprinter coming out of high school and a centerpiece of a strong incoming recruiting class for the Harvard men’s track and field team and had little trouble finding success in his first year of collegiate competition.
Female Breakout Athlete of the Year; Female Athlete of the Year, Runner-Up: Okwelogu the Record Breaker
First it was a school-record 15.33 meter throw, then a 16.09 mark, followed by a 16.39 meter and Ancient Eight record-setting follow-up. Then it became a weekly series of record-breaking revisions—16.51, 17.12, 17.22, and, most recently, 17.32.
During their offseasons, most athletes are able to take a step back and limit their frequent treks across the river, to the Malkin Athletic Center, or to the boathouse. But that is not the case for freshman Candida Janachowski and senior Matt Brown.
Rookie Elianna Shwayder is among the athletes who plans on staying on campus, completing organic chemistry while training for cross country.
Sophomore Nikki Okwelogu had a year to remember, continually breaking her own Ivy League record in the shot put en route to a plethora of honors.
Harvard and Yale coaches and athletes celebrate around the American flag during the 1995 edition of the meet. The 12-8 win for the Crimson and Bulldogs began a streak of seven straight wins for the American side.