Track & Field Claims Four Event Titles at Scarlet and White Invitational

Track & Field Claims Four Event Titles at Scarlet and White Invitational

Thomas and Franklin tallied victories in the women's sprints (Gil Talbot).

BOSTON – On the track for the second time in as many days, Harvard track and field captured four event titles at the Scarlet and White Invitational on Saturday at Boston University.

Freshman Gabby Thomas got off to a hot start in the 200 meters, besting her previous Ivy League and Harvard record with a time of 23.37 seconds to take first place overall. The time is seventh best in the NCAA this season. Senior Autumne Franklin also tallied a victory, crossing the line first in the 400 meters. Franklin finished in 53.89 seconds to set a new career-best, and her run is the second-best in Harvard history and fourth-fastest in Ivy history.

"This was a great weekend of competition for Harvard track and field," said Jason Saretsky, the William W. 'Bill' McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country. "It is exciting to see the record books continue to be re-written and so many student-athletes setting personal bests. I'm looking forward to seeing the momentum continue to build as we near the championship part of our season."

Senior Kieran Gallagher pulled away from the field in the 1,000 meters, winning the event by nearly seven seconds. Her personal-best time of 2:48.72 is the second-fastest in the Crimson record books. Freshman Miranda Sadler took second in the event in a career-best 2:55.21.

Senior Paige Kouba ran to second place in the 800 meters, stopping with a time of 2:09.62. Junior Jade Miller, meanwhile, took third in the 500 meters in 1:13.51.

Junior Andrew Roney was the individual champion in the pole vault after successfully clearing 16-0.75 (4.90 meters). The height is Roney's best of the season.

Sophomore Jonas Aranda placed fourth in the 800 meters, leading the Crimson with a time of 1:50.82. The time sets a new season-best for Aranda. Aranda ranks sixth in the Harvard record books. Sophomore Gabe Montague also finished in the top-10 of the mile run, clocking in at a career-best 4:07.40.

Senior Mark Hill placed fifth in the long jump after leaping to 22-4.25 (6.81 meters). The mark is Hill's best of 2016.

Harvard track and field returns to the track on Friday, Feb. 12 with the Don Kirby Collegiate Invitational (at New Mexico), Husky Classic (at Washington) and Valentine Invitational (at Boston University).