Kieran Tuntivate Breaks the Men’s Mile Record; Track and Field Closes out the Tiger Paw and Valentine Invitationals

Kieran Tuntivate running
Photo Courtesy: Svenne Juul

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- Senior Kieran Tuntivate broke the Harvard all-time record in the men's mile at the Valentine Invitational, crossing the finish line at 3:57.36. Tuntivate's time places him second in the Ivy League all-time record books, and ranks him fifth in the NCAA.

The team was back for day two of both the Tiger Paw and Valentine Invitational. Both the men and women competed in Clemson, while just the men's events were contested in Boston.

Valentine Invitational
The Crimson recorded several new personal bests in day two of the Valentine Invitational, highlighted by the men's 500m run. Junior Ryan Thrush led the Harvard runners in the event winning his heat, and crossing the finish line in 2nd overall. Although Thrush placed second overall, he was the top collegiate performer, with a time of 1:02.60. Charles Lego, Max Serrano-Wu and Jacob McLennan all placed top-20 as well, placing 6th (Lego / 1:04.58), 11th (Serrano-Wu / 1:04.79) and 16th (McLennan / 1:05.10). Each athlete in the 500m run had a new personal best, while Thrush's time moved him into third in the Harvard all-time record books.

Junior Jovahn Williamson took home a second-place finish in the 400m dash (47.38), while also placing sixth in the 200m dash with a time of 21.46. Following behind Williamson in the 400m dash, first-year Aaron Shirley placed 50th (49.36), while Maxwell Brown garnered a new personal best with a time of 51.23. Junior Kahlil Wassell crossed the finish line at 7.14 seconds in the 60m dash,  good enough for 15th, while Tré Hollingsworth crossed the line in 43rd (7.29).  Also competing in the 200m, Wassell recorded a new personal best with a time of 21.98. Junior Wesley Donhauser had the top placement for the Crimson in the field events, placing 13th in the men's weight throw 16.40m (53'09.75"). Donhauser's performance on the day resulted in a new personal best.

Sophomore's Caleb Moore and Will Crisp both ran a personal best of their own, with Moore running the 3000m (8:52.21) and Crisp running the 800m (1:54.19). Crisp's performance is the second week in a row he's tallied a new PR in the 800m.  Senior Mike Kolor grabbed a personal best in the mile (4:06.83) alongside junior Kaeo Kruse with his new personal best (4:11.25). Kruse's PR is over 10 seconds faster than his previous time. 

In one of the last events of the night, junior Will Battershill notched a new personal best in the 3000m run, with a time of 7:55.99. His time moved him into third in the Harvard all-time record books. First-year Acer Iverson grabbed a personal best in the 3000m as well (8:08.50), improving his time by nearly 15 seconds. First-year Ben Hartvigsen and sophomore David Melville added to the list of new personal bests in the 3000m as well, Hartvigsen with a time of 8:23.56, while Melville ran the race in 8:24.95. 

Tiger Paw Invitational
Day two of the Tiger Paw Invitational was highlighted by junior Erick Duffy, who took home a third-place finish in the men's pole vault. Duffy cleared the 5.10m (16'08.75") mark, and was the highest-placing Crimson athlete at the invitational. Senior Simi Fajemisin placed seventh in the women's triple jump, leaping 12.87m (42'07.75"). Junior Olivia Okoli ran a season-best in the women's 200m dash, crossing the finish line at 24.39, followed by sophomore Jada Jones crossing the finish line at 25.09. 

Highlights

  • Duffy had the highest placement in the Tiger Paw Invitational, placing third in the pole vault clearing the 5.10m (16'08.75") mark.
  • Every athlete who ran in the 500m run at the Valentine Invitational recorded a new personal best.
  • Tuntivate broke the Harvard record in the men's mile, crossing the finish line in 3:57.36. He is now second in the Ivy League all-time record book, and ranks fifth in the NCAA.
  • Kruse's new personal best in the mile is over 10 seconds faster than his previous time.

What's Next
The Crimson will take a week off, before returning to action at the Ivy League Indoor Heps hosted by Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y., Feb. 29 - March 1.