Track & Field Sets Sights on Annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton Meet

Track & Field Sets Sights on Annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton Meet

Harvard tallied eight top-five finishes at the Rod McCravy Memorial meet (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On the heels of a weekend filled with top results, Harvard track and field returns to competition at the annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton (HYP) meet, hosted by Princeton on Staten Island. The Crimson women last won the meet in 2014, while the men are in search of their first title since 2002.

Last Time Out
Competing in a field that featured eight ranked opponents, Harvard track and field scored a pair of victories from freshman Gabby Thomas and sophomore Courtney Smith at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet, hosted by Kentucky.

Thomas blazed to victory in the 200 meters with a time of 23.44 seconds, breaking Ivy League and Harvard records in the process. The first-year runner set a personal-best, and her time is currently the fifth-fastest in the country and the best mark among freshman sprinters. Thomas also set a new personal best in the 60 meters (7.44), and edged classmate Ngozi Musa for sixth overall by .03 seconds. The 60-meter time from Thomas was the second-best in Ivy and Harvard history, while Musa's time was 10th on the Ancient Eight leaderboard.

Competing for the first time in 2016, Smith pulled away to claim the 3,000-meter run by over six seconds in a career-best 9:21.35. Her mark is the sixth-fastest run in the country, and fourth-fastest in Harvard history.

Freshman Myles Marshall led the Crimson men with a Harvard-record time of 1:49.35 in the 800 meters.  The time was good for fifth overall, and is the eighth-best mark in the country. Marshall also holds the second-fastest mark among first-year runners.

#HarvardTop5
Freshman Gabby Thomas' Ivy League and Harvard record in the 200 meters landed in this week's top plays video.

Freshman Phenoms
A bevy of Crimson freshmen have kicked off their collegiate careers with top finishes at the BU Season Invite and Southern Tier Collegiate Invite. Gabby Thomas has tallied five victories through three meets, twice in the 60 meters and three times in the 200 meters, to lead the freshman class. Fellow sprinter Ngozi Muza triumphed in the 60 meters at the Beantown Challenge, and has already placed in the school's top-10 list (fourth, 7.47 seconds). On the men's side, Ian White claimed top honors in the pole vault at the Beantown Challenge while Kieran Tuntivate crossed the line first in the mile run.

Breaking Records
Autumne Franklin broke the Harvard record in the 300 meters at the BU Season Opener when she stopped the clock at 38.72 seconds. Franklin also ranks second in program history in the 55- and 60-meter hurdles and fifth in the 400 meters. Gabby Thomas obliterated the Harvard mark in the 200 meters by over half a second while also setting a new benchmark in the Ancient Eight record book with a time of 23.44 seconds. Her mark is the sixth-fastest in the country and the best among first-year sprinters.

Franklin and Thomas also helped break the women's 4x400 meter relay record, along with teammates Jackie Modesett and Jade Miller. The quartet crossed the stripe in 3:38.02.

Myles Marshall broke the school record in the 800 meters at the Rod McCravy Memorial, placing fifth overall with a time of 1:49.35.

Scouting Harvard
Looking for its fourth-straight Ivy League Heptagonal Championship in 2016, Harvard's women's squad is balanced across the board. 2015 First team All-America selection Nikki Okwelogu placed sixth in the shot put at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships, and sprinter/hurdlers Autumne Franklin and Jade Miller are dueling for the top spot in multiple categories of the Harvard record book. Franklin and Paige Kouba anchor a distance medley relay team that set a new program record in 2015.

The men's squad is led by sophomore Malcolm Johnson in the sprints, junior Efe Uwaifo in the jumps and senior Thomas Purnell in the distance events. Johnson was the first across the stripe in the 60 meter dash at the Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships a year ago. Uwaifo holds the Harvard triple jump record, and was the 2015 indoor Heps champion. Purnell excels in the mile run for Harvard, as the senior holds the fourth-fastest mark in school history.

The Crimson tallied 12 All-Ivy League selections in 2015, including the event's Most Outstanding Track and Field Performers of the Meet in Danielle Barbian '15 and Okwelogu, respectively.

Out in Front
Who holds the top marks for the Crimson this season?                                                                 

EVENT

Men's Leader

Time/Mark

Women's Leader

Time/Mark

60

David Gawlas

7.18

Gabby Thomas

7.44

200

Alexander Moore

22.50

Gabby Thomas

23.44

300

Alexander Moore

35.43

Autumne Franklin

38.72

400

Garrett Rouser

51.18

Christi Scott

57.03

500

Myles Marshall

1:04.93

Jade Miller

1:12.95

600y

N/A

-

Jade Miller

1:23.17

800

Myles Marshall

1:49.35

Kieran Gallagher

2:12.24

1,000

Gabe Montague

2:29.25

Paige Kouba

2:49.70

Mile

Louis Colson

4:14.50

Paige Kouba

4:49.92

3,000

Brandon Price

8:12.68

Courtney Smith

9:21.35

5,000

N/A

-

Emma Payne

17:14.1

60H

Jay Hebert

8.21

Autumne Franklin

8.63

High Jump

Spencer Lemons

1.99m

Raegan Nizdil

1.73m

Pole Vault

Andrew Roney

4.80m

Marlena Sabatino

3.75m

Long Jump

Malcolm-Mason Rodriguez

6.69m

Haley Baker

5.56m

Triple Jump

Malcolm-Mason Rodriguez

14.5m

Floriane Kameni

11.85m

Shot Put

Julian Nunally

17.61m

Nikki Okwelogu

16.28m

Weight Throw

Josh Whitener

17.73m

N/A

-

Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

 

Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.

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 and Thomas Purnell and Junior 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's squad returns home to compete in the Crimson Elite meet Friday, Feb. 5 and the Scarlet and White Invitational Saturday, Jan. 6. The home meet will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Track & Field Sets Sights on Annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton Meet

Harvard tallied eight top-five finishes at the Rod McCravy Memorial meet (Gil Talbot).

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On the heels of a weekend filled with top results, Harvard track and field returns to competition at the annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton (HYP) meet, hosted by Princeton on Staten Island. The Crimson women last won the meet in 2014, while the men are in search of their first title since 2002.

Last Time Out
Competing in a field that featured eight ranked opponents, Harvard track and field scored a pair of victories from freshman Gabby Thomas and sophomore Courtney Smith at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet, hosted by Kentucky.

Thomas blazed to victory in the 200 meters with a time of 23.44 seconds, breaking Ivy League and Harvard records in the process. The first-year runner set a personal-best, and her time is currently the fifth-fastest in the country and the best mark among freshman sprinters. Thomas also set a new personal best in the 60 meters (7.44), and edged classmate Ngozi Musa for sixth overall by .03 seconds. The 60-meter time from Thomas was the second-best in Ivy and Harvard history, while Musa's time was 10th on the Ancient Eight leaderboard.

Competing for the first time in 2016, Smith pulled away to claim the 3,000-meter run by over six seconds in a career-best 9:21.35. Her mark is the sixth-fastest run in the country, and fourth-fastest in Harvard history.

Freshman Myles Marshall led the Crimson men with a Harvard-record time of 1:49.35 in the 800 meters.  The time was good for fifth overall, and is the eighth-best mark in the country. Marshall also holds the second-fastest mark among first-year runners.

#HarvardTop5
Freshman Gabby Thomas' Ivy League and Harvard record in the 200 meters landed in this week's top plays video.

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Freshman Phenoms
A bevy of Crimson freshmen have kicked off their collegiate careers with top finishes at the BU Season Invite and Southern Tier Collegiate Invite. Gabby Thomas has tallied five victories through three meets, twice in the 60 meters and three times in the 200 meters, to lead the freshman class. Fellow sprinter Ngozi Muza triumphed in the 60 meters at the Beantown Challenge, and has already placed in the school's top-10 list (fourth, 7.47 seconds). On the men's side, Ian White claimed top honors in the pole vault at the Beantown Challenge while Kieran Tuntivate crossed the line first in the mile run.

Breaking Records
Autumne Franklin broke the Harvard record in the 300 meters at the BU Season Opener when she stopped the clock at 38.72 seconds. Franklin also ranks second in program history in the 55- and 60-meter hurdles and fifth in the 400 meters. Gabby Thomas obliterated the Harvard mark in the 200 meters by over half a second while also setting a new benchmark in the Ancient Eight record book with a time of 23.44 seconds. Her mark is the sixth-fastest in the country and the best among first-year sprinters.

Franklin and Thomas also helped break the women's 4x400 meter relay record, along with teammates Jackie Modesett and Jade Miller. The quartet crossed the stripe in 3:38.02.

Myles Marshall broke the school record in the 800 meters at the Rod McCravy Memorial, placing fifth overall with a time of 1:49.35.

Scouting Harvard
Looking for its fourth-straight Ivy League Heptagonal Championship in 2016, Harvard's women's squad is balanced across the board. 2015 First team All-America selection Nikki Okwelogu placed sixth in the shot put at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships, and sprinter/hurdlers Autumne Franklin and Jade Miller are dueling for the top spot in multiple categories of the Harvard record book. Franklin and Paige Kouba anchor a distance medley relay team that set a new program record in 2015.

The men's squad is led by sophomore Malcolm Johnson in the sprints, junior Efe Uwaifo in the jumps and senior Thomas Purnell in the distance events. Johnson was the first across the stripe in the 60 meter dash at the Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships a year ago. Uwaifo holds the Harvard triple jump record, and was the 2015 indoor Heps champion. Purnell excels in the mile run for Harvard, as the senior holds the fourth-fastest mark in school history.

The Crimson tallied 12 All-Ivy League selections in 2015, including the event's Most Outstanding Track and Field Performers of the Meet in Danielle Barbian '15 and Okwelogu, respectively.

Out in Front
Who holds the top marks for the Crimson this season?                                                                 

EVENT

Men's Leader

Time/Mark

Women's Leader

Time/Mark

60

David Gawlas

7.18

Gabby Thomas

7.44

200

Alexander Moore

22.50

Gabby Thomas

23.44

300

Alexander Moore

35.43

Autumne Franklin

38.72

400

Garrett Rouser

51.18

Christi Scott

57.03

500

Myles Marshall

1:04.93

Jade Miller

1:12.95

600y

N/A

-

Jade Miller

1:23.17

800

Myles Marshall

1:49.35

Kieran Gallagher

2:12.24

1,000

Gabe Montague

2:29.25

Paige Kouba

2:49.70

Mile

Louis Colson

4:14.50

Paige Kouba

4:49.92

3,000

Brandon Price

8:12.68

Courtney Smith

9:21.35

5,000

N/A

-

Emma Payne

17:14.1

60H

Jay Hebert

8.21

Autumne Franklin

8.63

High Jump

Spencer Lemons

1.99m

Raegan Nizdil

1.73m

Pole Vault

Andrew Roney

4.80m

Marlena Sabatino

3.75m

Long Jump

Malcolm-Mason Rodriguez

6.69m

Haley Baker

5.56m

Triple Jump

Malcolm-Mason Rodriguez

14.5m

Floriane Kameni

11.85m

Shot Put

Julian Nunally

17.61m

Nikki Okwelogu

16.28m

Weight Throw

Josh Whitener

17.73m

N/A

-

 

Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.

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 and Thomas Purnell and Junior 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's squad returns home to compete in the Crimson Elite meet Friday, Feb. 5 and the Scarlet and White Invitational Saturday, Jan. 6. The home meet will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.