Track and Field Wins Seven Events at Boston University Season Opener

Track and Field Wins Seven Events at Boston University Season Opener

Franklin tallied victories in the 60 meter hurdles and 300 meter run (Gil Talbot).

BOSTON – Competing in its only meet prior to the new year, six Harvard student-athletes combined for seven event victories at the Boston University Season Opener.

Autumne Franklin led the Crimson with a pair of victories, crossing the stripe first in the 60 meter hurdles in 8.72 seconds and 300 meter dash in a school-record 38.72 seconds. Jade Miller took second in the 300 meters in 38.84 seconds, a mark that is second-fastest in the Crimson record books.

Gabrielle Thomas sprinted to victory in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.56 seconds, and close behind was teammate Ngozi Musa in 7.70 seconds. Both marks rank in the top-10 all-time for the Crimson. Marlee Sabatino put an exclamation point on the event for Harvard, winning the pole vault with a mark of 12 feet, 3.75 inches (3.75 meters). An indoor personal best, Sabatino's mark ranks fourth all-time for the Crimson.

The men's team also landed three individual champions, with Robert Hogg, Spencer Lemons and Thomas Negron earning top marks in the one-mile run, high jump and 1,000 meters, respectively.

Hogg pulled away to triumph in the mile run with a time of 4:25.94, setting a new personal best in the process. Lemons was the only competitor to successfully clear six feet, six inches (1.98 meters), besting opponents from Dartmouth, Northeastern and American International to win the event. Negron edged an opponent from Boston College by seven hundredths of a second in the 1,000 meters to win top honors, crossing the line in 2:31.93.

A bevy of Crimson student-athletes set new personal records for the Crimson, carrying momentum over to 2016 when the Crimson competes at Cornell on Saturday, Jan. 8.

QUOTABLE: "It was nice to get started and see some very good season openers in several different event groups. The results show that if we continue to work hard, we have the potential to become a very good team." – Jason Saretsky, the William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country

"It was a very solid opener for the team and the group, we competed hard and showed some flashes of excellence. We have a lot of improving to do and a lot of work ahead of us in order to be ready for the indoor championship, but personal bests in December are always a good indicator of what we can achieve" - associate head coach Kebba Tolbert