Women’s 4x400 Relay Squad Smashes Ivy League Record on Final Day of NCAA Track and Field East Prelim

Women’s 4x400 Relay Squad Smashes Ivy League Record on Final Day of NCAA Track and Field East Prelim

Gabrielle Scott was the second leg of Harvard's record setting 4x400 relay squad (The Ivy League).

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The NCAA Track and Field East Preliminary Meet came to a conclusion Saturday night in Jacksonville, Florida with four Harvard individuals and one relay team in action. The 4x400 relay squad blazed its way to a new program and Ivy League record with a time of 3:33.76.

Autumne Franklin led the charge (53.5), with Gabrielle Scott (53.9) and Christi Scott (53.9) carrying the baton for middle legs before Jade Miller (52.4) completed the anchor leg to give the Crimson the Ivy League record.

Sarah Gillespie was first up in action in the 1,500 meter quarterfinal, but finished behind the top-12 qualifying times.

The duo of Molly Renfer and Whitney Thornburg competed in the women's 5,000 meter. Renfer posted a 22nd-place finish with a 16:37.53, while Thornburg came across in 16:53.68. On the men's side, Tom Purnell completed the 5,000 meter race in 14:44.62.

Despite no qualifying marks Saturday, the Crimson will still send four qualifiers from the first two days of action to Eugene June 10-13 for the NCAA Championships. Franklin and Miller each earned spots in the 400 meter hurdles. They will be joined by throwers Hannah Mayer in the javelin and Nikki Okwelogu in the shot put.