Track & Field Hosts Crimson Elite Meet, Travels to Boston University

Seven schools will compete in Harvard's final home meet of 2016 (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Returning to Cambridge after competing at HYP in New York, Harvard track and field is slated to host the Crimson Elite Meet on Friday, Feb. 5 before traveling down the road to Boston University Feb. 6 for the Scarlet and White Invitational. Friday's meet will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network, and will feature athletes from Boston University, Northeastern, George Mason, Rhode Island, Jacksonville and Central Florida, in addition to the host Crimson.

Honoring the Senior Class
Following Friday's Crimson Elite Meet, Harvard will honor its 20 seniors with a brief ceremony. The Crimson men's squad has 11 fourth-year student-athletes, while the women's team has nine.

Last Time Out
On Staten Island at the annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton (HYP) meet, the Crimson men's and women's track and field teams each captured second place. The women's squad earned 62 points while the men's team tallied 39.

Continuing the successful start to her collegiate career, freshman Gabby Thomas was the only Crimson student-athlete to record victories in two events. Thomas opened the meet with a victory in the 60 meters with a time of 7.51 seconds to edge classmate Ngozi Musa's 7.56-second dash. Thomas later triumphed in the triple jump (39-7.25, 12.07 meters), setting a new collegiate-best in the process.

Sophomore Jay Hebert scored the Crimson's only victory on the men's side, crossing the stripe first in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.16 seconds. A career-best, Hebert's time is tied for the second-best in Harvard history.

A week removed from breaking the program record in the 800 meters, freshman Myles Marshall posted a career-best 1:03.34 in the 500 meters to take second overall. The time was good to tie for third in the Crimson record book.

Freshman Gabby Thomas' Ivy League and Harvard record in the 200 meters landed in last 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 seven victories through four 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 West claimed top honors in the pole vault at the Beantown Challenge while Kieran Tuntivate crossed the line first in the mile run. Garrett Rouser has posted the team's top time in the 400 meters, clocking in at 50.58 seconds.

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.

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


Men's Leader


Women's Leader



Max Mondelli


Gabby Thomas



Alexander Moore


Gabby Thomas



Alexander Moore


Autumne Franklin



Garrett Rouser


Autumne Franklin



Myles Marshall


Jade Miller





Jade Miller



Myles Marshall


Paige Kouba



Gabe Montague


Paige Kouba



Gabe Montague


Paige Kouba



Brandon Price


Courtney Smith





Emma Payne



Jay Hebert


Autumne Franklin


High Jump

Spencer Lemons


Raegan Nizdil


Pole Vault

Andrew Roney


Marlena Sabatino


Long Jump

Malcolm-Mason Rodriguez


Haley Baker


Triple Jump

Malcolm-Mason Rodriguez


Gabby Thomas


Shot Put

Julian Nunally


Nikki Okwelogu


Weight Throw

Josh Whitener





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 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 splits for a trio of meets Feb. 12-13. The Crimson will compete at the Don Kirby Collegiate Invitational (New Mexico), Husky Classic (Washington) and Valentine Invitational (Boston University).