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.
Despite all the changes to the biannual track and field competition between Harvard-Yale and Oxford-Cambridge, the meet still holds a special place on the calendar and in the hearts of student-athletes: It is the only opportunity for them to compete alongside their rivals while engaging in new, broadened social and cultural interactions.
For the first time ever in program history, the women's track and field team has taken home back-to-back heptagonal championships.
Continuing where she left off during the indoor season, Harvard track and field sophomore Nikki Okwelogu shattered her own Ivy League shot put record for the second week in a row, highlighting a weekend full of success for the team.
After finishing the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.23 seconds, Harris anchored the winning 4x100 relay to a tight 41.63 finish and opened the 4x400 meter relay, giving his teammates a lead which would turn into a first-place 3:20.59 mark.
With both bragging rights and spots in the historic Harvard-Yale vs. Oxford-Cambridge meet on the line, the Harvard men’s and women’s track and field teams once again delivered over the rival Elis.
Continuing their rigorous travel schedule, the Harvard men’s and women’s track and field teams divided and conquered yet again at the Florida Relays and the Sam Howell Invite.
Senior Akeo Maifeld-Carucci and sophomore Rachel Hampton traveled just shy of the Canadian border to compete against the best in the nation this past weekend, returning to Cambridge with solid performances and experience under their belts.
For sophomore thrower Nikki Okwelogu, an indoor season filled with success, titles, and records came to an end in the same manner which many of her previous competitions had ended—with another shattered Ivy League record.
Three times this season, the Crimson pulled out 2-1 wins over Quinnipiac. But on Saturday, Harvard exploded for five goals against the Bobcats to earn a spot in the Frozen Four next weekend in Minnesota.
Just one week after the women took home their third consecutive Indoor Heps title, while the men finished fifth, various individuals were recognized for their hard work.
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.
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.