It’s always a dramatic scene when a runner loses his shoe in a race, and wins anyway. At the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Saturday, Harvard’s Kieran Tuntivate not only lost his left spike in the first lap of the 3,000m and won anyway, but his bare left foot sustained some pretty nasty blisters on his way to victory. Yet the following afternoon he came back to win the 5,000m. (And this time, both his spikes stayed on.)
Tuntivate told the Harvard Crimson he felt “flustered” for a bit after losing his shoe, but was able to settle himself, take the lead in the final lap, and hang on for the win, in 8:12.72.
SHOELESS KIERAN TUNTIVATE.
— The Ivy League (@IvyLeague) February 23, 2019
After the run, though, Tuntivate was in need of medical attention for some serious blisters on the foot that lost the shoe, as the grisly photos attest.
Harvard senior Kieran Tuntivate wins the Ivy League 3K championship this weekend, even after his left shoe falls off early in the race. His foot didn’t fare as well. pic.twitter.com/oJP0qzZxA9
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 27, 2019
Astonishingly, Tuntivate competed in the 5,000m the next day, and won that race, too, in 14:25.32.
— Harvard T&F | XC (@HarvardTrack_XC) February 26, 2019
Tuntivate was named the Male Most Outstanding Track Performer after the meet, as well as first-team All-Ivy honours in the 3K and the 5K.