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Miller, Okwelogu, Thomas, Uwaifo Set For NCAA Outdoor Championships

Miller, Okwelogu, Thomas, Uwaifo Set For NCAA Outdoor Championships

The NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships will begin on Wednesday, with senior Efe Uwaifo competing in the triple jump. 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –
Harvard track and field will send four qualified student-athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by the University of Oregon at historic Hayward Field on June 7-10. Representing Harvard will be Jade Miller (400m hurdles), Nikki Okwelogu (discus throw), Gabby Thomas (100m, 200m) and Efe Uwaifo (triple jump). All four days of action will be streamed on ESPN3, and available on TV on ESPNU, ESPN2 and ESPN. Coverage will begin on ESPN3 at 3:30 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, 3:30 p.m. (ET) on Friday, and 2:30 p.m. (ET) on Saturday).

- NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship Landing Page
Meet Schedule
- Entry List
- TV Schedule
- Harvard History at NCAAs M l W

HOW THEY GOT HERE

Senior Jade Miller
Event:
400 meter hurdles
Qualifying Time: 56.17 (2nd, NCAA East Preliminary)
When To Watch: Preliminary: Thursday (9:30 p.m. ET); Final: Saturday (7:57 p.m. ET)

Notes: Miller will make her fourth straight appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 400-meter hurdles after winning her final heat of the NCAA East Preliminary with the second fastest time of the day (56.17) and her best time of the season. Miller is a three-time Ivy League champion in the event, winning Outdoor Heps (56.95) last month. Her best finish at NCAA Outdoors came in 2015, when she placed fifth in the event.

Senior Nikki Okwelogu
Event:
Discus Throw
Qualifying Throw: 182-3 (2nd, NCAA East Preliminary)
When To Watch: Final: Saturday (6:05 p.m. ET)

Notes: Okwelogu qualified in the discus throw with her season best mark in the event (182'3"), placing second overall among competitors at the NCAA East Preliminary. That effort was the second best effort in her career, and the best in any collegiate event for Okwelogu. She'll be making her third appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and this marks the second time she's qualified in the discus throw. Okwelogu placed 10th in the discus throw at NCAA Outdoors last season.

Sophomore Gabby Thomas
Events:
100 meters, 200 meters
Qualifying Time (100m): 11.44 (10th, NCAA East Preliminary)
When To Watch (100m): Preliminary: Thursday (8:46 p.m. ET); Final: Saturday (7:22 p.m. ET)
Qualifying Time (200m): 22.56 (1st, NCAA East Preliminary)
When To Watch (200m): Preliminary: Thursday (9:44 p.m. ET); Final: Saturday (8:07 p.m. ET)

Notes: Thomas had another historic campaign as Harvard's top sprinter, winning five Ivy Heps titles, including three individual crowns (100m, 200m, long jump) and two relay golds (4x100m, 4x400m). She was named Ivy League Most Outstanding Track Performer of the Year. Thomas broke her own school record in the 100m (11.24), set a new school mark in the long jump (6.27m), and won the NCAA East Preliminary in the 200m. Thomas qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in both the 100m and 200m dash, qualifying in the 100m for the first time in her collegiate career. Thomas finished third at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last year in the 200m (22.47), to claim first team All-America honors, and set a new Ivy League and Harvard record in the event.

Senior Efe Uwaifo
Event:
Triple Jump
Qualifying Jump: 51-5.5 (9th, NCAA East Preliminary)
When To Watch: Final: Friday (8:40 p.m. ET)

Notes: A senior captain, Uwaifo was named Ivy Outdoor Heps Field Athlete of the Year, winning the long jump and triple jump at the meet, with personal records in both, and scoring 20 points for Harvard. Uwaifo qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the triple jump for the first time since 2014, placing ninth at the NCAA East Preliminary. He has the top marks this season in the triple jump and long jump in New England and the Ivy League. Uwaifo was also a member of Harvard's 5th place 4x100m relay team at Outdoor Heps.

SARETSKY NAMED IVY LEAGUE OUTDOOR COACH OF THE YEAR; 17 EARN ALL-IVY
This marks the second time in the last three seasons that Jason Saretsky has earned Ivy League Coach of the Year honors on the women's side. Harvard clinched its fourth straight Outdoor Heps title on Sunday, totaling 164 points to run away with the team victory.

In addition, seventeen (17) Harvard track and field athletes earned All-Ivy League honors by finishing among the top two in their respective events at the Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championships.

On the first team for the women were Gabby Thomas (100m, 200m, Long Jump, 4x100m Relay, 4x400m Relay), Jade Miller (400m Hurdles, 4x100m Relay, 4x400m Relay), Karina Joiner '20 (4x100m Relay, 4x400m Relay), Maya Miklos (4x400m Relay), Nikki Okwelogu (Shot Put), Zoe Hughes (Heptathlon), Raegan Nizdil (High Jump), and Simi Fajemisin (Triple Jump).

For the men's team, Brett Henderson (Javelin), Myles Marshall (800m), and Efe Uwaifo (Long Jump, Triple Jump) earned First Team All-Ivy honors.

BY THE NUMBERS – INDOOR SEASON
1: Harvard's women's team finished the indoor season as the top-ranked program in the Northeast region.
3: Three Harvard student-athletes earned All-America recognition during the indoor season - Gabby Thomas (200m, 1st Team), Zoe Hughes (pentathlon, 2nd Team) and Nikki Okwelogu (shot put, 2nd Team).
3: Senior captain Efe Uwaifo captured his third straight Ivy Indoor Heps title in the triple jump, sealing the win on his final jump of the day (15.82m).
4: By nature of having a nationally-ranked top-16 mark – Zoe Hughes (pentathlon), Nikki Okwelogu (shotput), Judy Pendergast (5000m), and Gabby Thomas (200m) competed at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. The four qualifiers are the most that Harvard had at NCAA Indoors.
5: Harvard's women's team won its fifth-consecutive Ivy League Indoor Championship and seventh in program history.
6: Six Harvard records fell during the 2016-17 indoor campaign – sophomore Gabby Thomas new school marks in the 60m (7.29s) and 200m (22.88) at Indoor Heps, freshman Simi Fajemisin broke school records in the long jump (6.09m) and triple jump (12.96m) at Indoor Heps, and Myles Marshall owns the school record in the 800m run (1:48.17). The men's 4x400 meter relay team of James HeckendornMyles MarshallMatt Hurst, and Alexander Moore set a new school record at the IC4A Championships, placing first in the preliminary round with a time of 3:10.84.
10: Judy Pendergast owned the 10th-fastest time nationally in the 5,000 meters at 15:52.64.
16: During the indoor season, Nikki Okwelogu's toss in the shot put at the H-Y-P meet traveled 55-3 (16.84 meters), and the mark was the best in the Ivy League by nearly six feet.
32: Freshman Anthony DeNitto captured the Ivy Indoor Heps title with a monster third jump of the competition, shattering his own personal mark (7.00m) with a 7:37m jump. DeNitto's jump was the best by a Harvard long jumper in 32 years, and gave Harvard its first individual Heps title in the event since James Johnson in 1982. 

HARVARD WOMEN'S TEAM RANKED NO. 14 IN PRESEASON; NO 1 IN NORTHEAST
Fresh off another strong indoor campaign, the Harvard women's track and field team was ranked No. 14 in the USTFCCCA Outdoor Track & Field Preseason Rankings. At No. 14, Harvard has the highest preseason ranking in program history. Last season, Harvard debuted at No. 37 in the USTFCCCA Preseason Rankings, and reached No. 10 on April 25, 2016, the highest ranking in program history.

The Harvard women's team had been previously ranked by the USTFCCCA as No. 22 in the Terry Crawford Program of the Year standings. Harvard finished the indoor season as the No. 1 ranked program in the Northeast region and is currently ranked No. 1 in the Northeast outdoor rankings. 

SOCIAL STREAM
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AYE AYE, CAPTAIN
Seniors Julian NunallyAndrew Roney, and Efe Uwaifo were elected captains for the 2016-17 season on the men's side, while the women's squad will be led by seniors Madeleine Ankhelyi and Raegan Nizdil. Roney is in his second year as captain while the remaining selections are in their first season as captains of the Harvard track and field team.

AT THE HELM
Jason Saretsky is in his 11th season as the William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field Cross Country, and during his tenure the Crimson women have tallied three indoor Ivy League Championships. Saretsky's tenure has seen 32 All-America performances, 44 NCAA qualifiers and 108 Heptagonal champions during the indoor season.

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