Kieran Tuntivate Wins the 3000m; Men Sit in First, Women Sit in Third After Day One of Ivy League Heps

Kieran Tuntivate and Will Batershill on the podium for the 3000m run

ITHACA, N.Y.- Senior Kieran Tuntivate continued his campaign of success on the first day of the Ivy League Heps Championship, placing first in the men's 3000m run for the second year in a row. Tuntivate (8:28.90) was followed by teammate Will Battershill (8:29.16), finishing less than a second behind him. The duo took home first and second place, collecting 18 points for the team. At the end of day one, the women sit in third with 21 points, while the men are in first with 25 points.

Three field events were contested for both the men and the women, highlighted by two third-place performances from junior Erick Duffy and first-year Stephanie Ratcliffe. In the men's pole vault, Duffy cleared the 5.05m (16'06.75") mark, while Ratcliffe threw for a distance of 18.54m (60'10.00"). First-year Estel Valeanu finished behind Ratcliffe in sixth, with a distance of 16.77m (55'0.14"), a new personal-best. Sophomore Kyle Murphy placed fifth in the men's long jump, leaping 7.20m (23'07.5"). With Murphy's placement, he secured an additional two points for the team. Simi Fajemisin and Alana Carroll both recorded seventh-place finishes in their respective events, Fajemisin jumping 5.86m (19'02.75") in the long jump, and Alana Carroll clearing the 3.80m (12'05.5") mark in the pole vault.

While most of the running events were prelims in day one, the men's and women's 3000m run's were contested, as well as the men's heptathlon and the women's pentathlon. In the women's 3000m, Brooke Starn and Gillian Meeks finished fourth and fifth, bringing in six points for the Crimson. Starn, crossing the line in fourth, recorded a time of 9:40.37, while Meeks finished fifth with a time of 9:41.83. In the women's pentathlon, senior Zoe Hughes garnered a second-place finish with 3,933 points. Hughes brought in eight points for the team, and her performances were highlighted by a first-place effort in the long jump, leaping 5.82m (19'02.00"). With three events left in the men's heptathlon, sophomore John Minicus sits in ninth.

The Crimson had a combined 16 preliminary times qualify for the final races tomorrow, March 1st. On the men's side, 10 Harvard runners qualified, highlighted by two top-times heading into the finals. Aaron Shirley finished with the top preliminary time in the 400m (48.33), while Mike Kolor heads into the day at the top in the 1000m run (2:29.15). Jovahn Williamson and Gregory Lapit will race alongside Shirley in the 400m, while Samuel Bennett, Tré Hollingsworth and Shirley qualified for the 60m hurdles. Ryan Thrush , Charles Lego and Jacob McLennan were the last Harvard men to qualify for the final rounds, heading into the 500m with the fourth-best (Thrush-1:04.99), fifth-best (Lego-1:05.4), and eighth-best (McLennan-1:05.54) times.

The women have six athletes who qualified for final races, including Katina Martin, the top-seeded runner in the 60m dash (7.55), alongside Olivia Okoli with a top-three time (7.56). Junior Abbe Goldstein enters the 800m with the top-time, 2:09.44. Livia Gauntlett and Karina Joiner will compete in the 60m hurdles, while Sharelle Samuel will run the 500m.

Highlights

  • Tuntivate won the men's 3000m run with a time of 8:28.90, marking the second year in a row as an Ivy League Heps Champion.
  • The Crimson qualified a combined 16 athletes for tomorrow's final events, 10 males and six women.
  • Duffy and Ratcliffe both garnered a third-place finish in their events, Duffy clearing the 5.05m (16'06.75") mark in the pole vault, while Ratcliffe threw for a distance of 18.54m (60'10.00") in the weight throw.
  • Men's and women's high jump, triple jump, and shot put are slated for day two of Ivy League Heps.

What's Next
The Crimson will close out Ivy League Heps tomorrow, March 1st, starting at 11 a.m., with the women's high jump. The meet will be broadcast on ESPN+.