Track and Field Opens Indoor Schedule at Boston University

Track and Field Opens Indoor Schedule at Boston University

Smith rounded out the cross country season with an NCAA Championships berth (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its only action prior to the turn of the calendar, Harvard indoor track and field will compete at Boston University on Saturday, Dec. 5. The meet will open at 11 a.m. with final events set to begin at 4:20 p.m.

Scouting Harvard
Harvard will send 18 women and 13 men to compete in the season opener at the BU Track and Tennis Center, led by Ancient Eight titleholder senior Autumne Franklin in the 60 meter hurdles and outdoor All-American junior Jade Miller in the 60 meter hurdles and 300m. On the men's side, a trio of top-10 placers at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships will compete in senior Spencer Lemons, junior Andrew Roney and sophomore Matt Miller. Seven freshmen will get their first taste of collegiate competition in a plethora of events.

Record Holders
A number of Harvard indoor records were broken last season, with Miller breaking the 500-meter record in 1:12.71 and Franklin setting the mark in the 300 meters in 38.99. Junior Nikki Okwelogu obliterated the previous indoor record in the shot put by over two meters (56 feet 2 inches; 17.12 meters) while Junior Efe Uwaifo set the new program standard in the men's triple jump at 52 feet 1.25 inches (15.88 meters).

A Year Ago
Harvard women's indoor track and field placed first at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships for the third-straight season, and Okwelogu earned first team All-America honors with a sixth-place finish in the shot put at the NCAA Championships. Danielle Barbian '15 was honored at as the Track Athlete of the Meet, while Okwelogu earned Field Athlete of the Meet honors.

The men's team placed fifth in the Ancient Eight title meet, led by Malcolm Johnson's title performance as a freshman in the 60 meter dash and Efe Uwaifo's record-breaking mark in the triple jump which netted him his first Heps title.

Recapping Cross Country
Sophomore Courtney Smith led the charge during the cross country season, qualifying for the 2015 NCAA Championships after placing fifth in the NCAA Northeast Regional. The Westchester, Pennsylvania native was Harvard's top finisher in every race, and earned All-Ivy League first team and USTFCCCA All-Region honors. The women's team captured its first HYP victory since 1995.

The men's team was led by senior Thomas Purnell, who earned the individual championship at HYP before pacing the Crimson at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. Senior Chris Allen finished the men's season with a second-place result at the IC4A Championships in New York.

Social Stream
Use the Social Stream on GoCrimson.com to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all four platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.

Follow @HarvardTrack_XC on Twitter for updates during the competition.

Aye Aye, Captain
Seniors James Lim, Thomas Purnell and Andrew Roney were elected captains for the 2015-16 season on the men's side, while the women's squad will be led by seniors Autumne Franklin and Paige Kouba. All four are in their first season as captains of the Harvard track and field team.

At the Helm
Jason Saretsky is in his 10th 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 21 All-America performances, 30 NCAA qualifiers and 79 Heptagonal champions.

What's Next?
Harvard indoor track and field takes a break until Jan. 8, 2016 where it will compete at Cornell's Southern Tier Collegiate Open at Barton Hall.