Women's Track and Field Takes Home Heptagonal Championship

Senior Danielle Barbian took home the 100 meter dash title, setting an Ivy League record with a time of 11.59 seconds, with classmate Ashley Collinsworth close behind her at 11.79, good enough for third. 

In the 100 meter hurdles, junior Autumne Franklin took home the title with a time of 13.70, with sophomore Jackie Modesett close behind with a time of 13.89 for a third-place finish.

In the 400 meter hurdles, sophomore Jade Miller took first with a time of 57.30, a meet record, with Franklin close behind in second with a time of 58.31. Modesett took fourth, clocking in at 59.41.

In the women’s heptathlon, junior Madison Hansen took home an Ivy record and title with a total of 5,506 points, just two points ahead of the previous Ivy mark. 

On the men’s side, captain Jarvis Harris led the team with a first place performance in the 400 meter hurdles, clocking in at 51.10—a personal record and the third-best performance in Harvard history. Harris also took third in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.36.


“In the grand scheme of the entire weekend, I think I can definitely walk away proud,” Harris said. “I performed really well [and] I gave my best effort in all of my events…I definitely can say that I’m quite pleased with this Heps performance.”

The 5,000 meter race saw junior Tom Purnell take fourth with a time of 14:38.40 in what was arguably the most exciting race of the day. The junior was separated from first place by less than a second in a race that came down to the wire.

“The future is quite bright for us,” Harris said. “We’ll have people who will be coming back…the freshmen and sophomores were really good this season and have gotten their feet wet this first year and they’ll be a lot more comfortable.”

While the women will undoubtedly celebrate their title over these next few days, Saretsky insists there is still work to be done. The team next turns their attention to IC4A’s as well as NCAAs; after sending a program best seven athletes to Eugene, OR., last year, Saretsky believes the team can improve on that number.

“That’s what we’re striving for,” Saretsky said. “As a program each year we’re trying to get better, we’re not satisfied where we’re at…. We want more and that’s what we’re working towards.”

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