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Track and Field Announces 28 Incoming Freshmen

Track and Field Announces 28 Incoming Freshmen

Harvard's incoming recruiting class hails from nine states and seven different countries. (Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.
– Jason Saretsky, The William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track & Field/Cross Country, announced 28 new members of the track and field and cross country class of 2021 on Wednesday (July 19). The group joins Harvard from nine states and seven countries.

"We are fortunate to have another stellar recruiting class set to join our program and I am excited for both the men's and women's teams," Saretsky said. "Our coaching staff did a phenomenal job assembling a talented group from all across the world and we've added strength across a range of events. To be able to add national champions and athletes who have already represented their countries in international competition will only continue to add to our rich legacy of success. It will be great to begin working with this group when they arrive on campus!"

The class of 2021 joins the Crimson after a historic season in track and field and cross country. For the first time in Harvard history and only the second time by any school in conference history, the women's team won the Ivy triple crown of championships, earning cross country, indoor, and outdoor track and field Heps team titles. During the outdoor track and field season, the men's team finished one point out of third place at Outdoor Heps, which marked the highest finish for the program since 2014. Senior captain Efe Uwaifo led the way, winning individual Heps titles in both the long jump and triple jump, and earning All-America honors (triple jump).

Men

Rodney Agyare-May
Worcester, MA
Burncoat High School
300m (indoor) - 35.13, 400m - 47.52, 600m (indoor) - 1:18.31

"Rodney is a great leader with immense talent. He is national high school leader and New England record holder in the 600m and 2-time state champion over 400m. Rodney has the range to help our team from the 200m up to the 600m.  The addition of Rodney to the Crimson will surely improve our depth and talent in the long sprints and relays." - Coach Mangiacotti

Michael Alber
Berlin, Germany
John F. Kennedy School
800m -1:55.98, 1500m - 3:55.57, 5000m - 14:48.76

"Michael was a finalist at the German Under 20 Championships over 5000m and was a contributing member of a team that placed third at the German U20 Cross Country Championships. He has demonstrated impressive range from the 800m up to the 5k and we are looking forward to him joining our program." – Coach Saretsky

L.J. Daniel
Highland Village, TX
Marcus High School
400m - 49.41, Triple Jump - 45'8.5"

"L.J. was a two year captain in both basketball and track & field at Marcus High School.  He has a huge amount of potential as both a sprinter and a jumper.  I can see L.J. developing into a great track & field athlete while at Harvard." - Coach Mangiacotti

Wesley Donhauser
Abilene, Texas
Prattville High School
Discus- 156' 7, Shot- 44' 6"

"Wesley is excited to become a member of the Harvard Track and Field program. He is passionate and will be a welcome addition to our team and throws group." – Coach Wilson

Erick Duffy
North Andover, MA
North Andover High School
Pole Vault- 17'1, 110m Hurdles -  14.10

"Erick won the New Balance National title in the pole vault this summer, and is a two-time New England champion in the vault. I couldn't be more thrilled to have Erick on the team next year as he is a gifted athlete with a bright future in the vault, hurdles and multi-events.  I have no doubt he will keep the momentum rolling coming off his National title.  I believe that with hard work he will be competing at the national level within his first year." – Coach Abbott

Blake Evertsen
Hinsdale, IL
Hinsdale Central HS
3200m - 9:06.36

"I'm excited to add someone of Blake's work ethic, determination and passion for the sport to our team.  He's been part of winning teams throughout his high school career, helping Hinsdale to their first ever state cross country team title. I'm confident he'll bring those characteristics to our program with his leadership." – Coach Saretsky

John Fish
Waterloo, ON, Canada
Sir John A. MacDonald Secondary School
800m – 1:52.78, 1500m – 3:55.38, 400m – 50.99

"John has been a stand-out junior athlete in Canada, winning the Ontario Provincial Champion at 800m and a two-time runner-up for the national title in the 800m and the 1500m. John will benefit from the high-quality competitive opportunities available to him while at Harvard, which will give him the chance to test his fierce drive to win against a deeper field." – Coach Saretsky

Josh Glauser
Cincinnati, OH
Sycamore High School
400m - 49.60

"Josh ran on some outstanding relay legs in high school.  I am excited to see what Josh can do in the open 400m, as well as the relays as a member of the Crimson."  - Coach Mangiacotti

Jason Judge
Marietta, Georgia
George Walton Comprehensive High School
12 lb Hammer- 201'8.5"; 6k Hammer- 193'9.25"; 25 lb Weight- 70'2.5"

"Jay gained the skills in high school necessary for him to be a standout thrower in college.  As he develops and adjusts to the new college implements, his size and skill will allow him to be a consistent contributor in the Ivy League."  - Coach Wilson

Charles Lego
Versailles, France
Saint Jean Hulst
400 Hurdles - 52.09

"Charles is the French Youth Champion and was 4th at the European Youth Championships in the 400 hurdles. He adds a bit of international flavor to the long hurdles group.  His proven success will help our team grow at the conference, regional, and national level."  - Coach Mangiacotti

Zack Miller
Pebble Beach, CA
Pacific Grove High School
200m - 21.85, 400m - 48.55

"Zack is new to the long sprints.  Once he started running the 400m he had new found success.  Even though Zack stands 6'5" tall he still has a lot of room for growth in the long sprints.  I am excited to watch him develop over the next four years as a member of the Crimson." - Coach Mangiacotti

Hugo Milner
Derby, UK
Littleover Community School
3000m - 8:31.2

"Hugo is one of the best young distance runners in Great Britain -- evidenced by his performance at the World Junior Cross Country Championships – and should make an immediate impact on our team. He comes from a great program that has produced runners that have gone on to be NCAA All-Americans and I feel confident Hugo has that type of potential." – Coach Saretsky

Matthew Pereira
Kildeer, IL
Lake Zurich High School
3200m - 9:11.79

"Matthew is a special talent and we can't wait to start working with him.  He is a two-time Footlocker finalist, and finished in the top six for three years in a row at the Illinois State cross country championship. Matthew is one of the most accomplished high school runners we've recruited to Harvard and he should make an immediate impact." – Coach Saretsky

Ryan Thrush
Brookville, PA
Brookville Area Junior/Senior High School
400m - 48.57, 800m - 1:50.89

"Ryan is talented and hardworking; he possesses the ideal mix of athleticism and discipline. He'll arrive at Harvard with the ability to contend for important relay sports and could develop into an individual scorer as a freshman or sophomore." – Coach Saretsky

Kahlil Wassell
Springfield, IL
New Berlin High School
100m - 10.77, 200m - 21.96, 400m - 49.00

"Kahlil has a lot of versatility as a sprinter. He will train primarily as a short sprinter, but has range to run anything from the 60m indoors to the 4x400m relay.  I am looking forward to working with Kahlil as a member of the sprints crew." - Coach Mangiacotti

Jacob Wertheimer
Newton Square, PA
Haverford School for Boys
Discus – 116'5", Shot Put – 45'4"

"Jacob is a very welcome addition to our men's program.  Given his athleticism and strong work ethic, I believe he will be a competitive decathlete in his four years at Harvard."  –Coach Abbott

Jovahn Williamson
Dix Hills, NY
Half Hollow Hills West HS
200m – 21.93, 400m – 46.53

"Jovahn is a tremendous talent with a lot of upside.  Standing at 6'4" tall he played basketball in the winter and ran track in the spring while in high school.  I am looking forward to watching him develop while he focuses on track at Harvard. I think Jovahn can help our 4x400m relay achieve a new level of success during his time in Cambridge" - Coach Mangiacotti

Women

Kendall Bensche
Scarsdale, NY
Scarsdale HS
HJ – 5'7", LJ – 18'0", 100H -15.25  

"Kendall will come to Harvard and take on the heptathlon. She caught our eye because of the potential we saw in her across a range of events. She is the indoor state champ in the high jump and has placed highly in league and county champs across a range of events, including triple jump, pole vault, hurdles, and high jump." Coach Tolbert

Aislinn Devlin
Downingtown, PA
Downingtown West HS
Two mile - 10:27.96

"We are gaining a major force in Aislinn Devlin. Based on her strong high school career, she will be a factor in conference scoring right away, with the potential to develop into a dominant distance athlete for Harvard. Aislinn was a two-time Pennsylvania state champ and a two-time winner of Nike Cross Regionals Northeast, and placed as high as 9th at Nike Cross Nationals; we can't wait for her to draw on that high-level experience as she takes on the best in the NCAA." – Coach Saretsky

Louise Estberg
Staffanstorp, Sweden
Malmö Idrottsgymnasium
High jump – 5'8"

"I am extremely excited to add Louise to our jumps crew next year.  She has a very good feel for the high jump and will be a force to be reckoned with in the Ivy League.  She is a six-time medalist at Swedish youth and junior championships. I see very big heights in her future." – Coach Abbott

Rachael Estell
Los Altos, CA
Mountain View HS
LJ – 19'6", 100m - 11.94, 200m -24.78

"Rachael has advanced to the very competitive California state meet in each of the last few years and placed in that meet as well as the USATF Jr. Olympics. We think she can develop into a consistent Ivy League scorer in the sprints, and contend for All-Ivy honors in the horizontal jumps. Next year, Rachael could qualify for the NCAA first round and vie for spots on our relays as well." – Coach Tolbert   

Abbe Goldstein
Ambler, PA
Germantown Academy
Mile - 4:48.03, 3000m - 9:33.96, 2 Mile - 10:20.55

"Abbe has already run times that would help contribute towards another Ivy League team title, but we are most excited about her personality. Abbe is a great kid and a great competitor; she's a smart racer and tough, and doesn't falter under pressure. Her impressive high school career included a victory in the elite Millrose Mile this past indoor season. We can't wait for her contributing to the team." – Coach Saretsky

Lizzie Gummer
Comox, British Columbia
Highland Secondary
400H – 59.74

"Lizzie is someone who has tremendous work ethic. She is only in her second year of competing in the 400H so we see potential for a lot of development in her time at Harvard. We expect that she will help immediately and will continue our legacy of excellence in the long hurdles and 4x400m relay." – Coach Tolbert

Claire Hotchkin
Chappaqua, NY
Horace Greeley HS
300m – 42.11, 400m -57.73, 600m – 1:38.38; 800m – 2:21.80

"Claire came highly recommended to us by the coaches and staff at her school. She has a great work ethic and competed at the indoor and outdoor state championships in relays and long sprints. Claire is a versatile long sprinter who could develop into an Ivy League scorer in the long sprints and provide depth to our team at championships in the relays." – Coach Tolbert

Emily Johns
Hunlock Creek, PA
Leke-Lehman High School
Shot Put- 42' 7.75"; Discus- 150' 2"; Javelin- 122"

"Emily is athletic and is the USA Weightlifting Youth National Champion. We are confident she will be able to use her strength and power to help our throws group and become a consistent Ivy League scorer." – Coach Wilson

Anna Juul
West Chester, PA
Unionville HS
800m - 2:10.48, Mile - 4:52.24, 3200m - 10:47.00

"Anna exemplifies patience and perseverance. Her success has come from putting in the work, doing whatever extra she can to improve. In high school in Pennsylvania, she was a name to know at the state level, and a multi-year individual qualifier for Nike Cross Nationals. Her speed and strength will make her an asset as a middle distance and cross-country athlete, and her attitude will benefit our program across all event groups." – Coach Saretsky

Olivia Okoli
Lagos, Nigeria
St. Catherine's School (UK)
60m – 7.49, 100m – 11.62, 200m – 24.02

"Olivia has been on our radar for some time and really was a late bloomer. Her improvement this year culminated in her being named to the UK team for the European Junior Championships this summer. She has some important technical changes to make as a collegian, but we believe she can help us continue our tradition of developing All-Ivy sprinters. We expect that she will also be an important part of our record setting 4x100m relay as we look to continue to compete at the NCAA level."

Iza Sabharwal
Chevy Chase, MD
National Cathedral HS
Long Jump – 19'1.5", Triple Jump – 37'10"

"Iza won the DC state championship as a junior and senior in the long jump and brings a deep athletic background to Harvard, including gymnastics, volleyball, pole vaulting, and sprinting. We think with some technical improvements she'll become a consistent Ivy League scorer in both horizontal jumps. She could also qualify early in her career for the NCAA preliminaries." – Coach Tolbert 

ACADEMIC INTEGRATION & COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS