Track & Field Splits for Trio of Meets Across the Country

Track & Field Splits for Trio of Meets Across the Country

Harvard will be represented at Washington-, New Mexico-, and Boston University-hosted meets (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Back in action following a weekend of record-breaking performances, Harvard track and field is set to spread across the country to compete in a trio of meets:  the Don Kirby Collegiate Invitational (New Mexico), Husky Classic (Washington) and Valentine Invitational (Boston University).

Who's Going Where?
Harvard's top women's distance runners, Kieran Gallagher, Paige Kouba, Courtney Smith and Elianna Shwayder will travel to Seattle to race in the Husky Classic, while the women's sprinters, horizontal jumpers and Harvard's top shot putters on both sides will head to New Mexico. School record holders Autumne Franklin, Jade Miller, Nikki Okwelogu and Gabby Thomas highlight the Crimson entries. 38 men and 12 women will travel across town to Boston University's Valentine Invitational.

Last Time Out
Harvard competed in a pair of meets Feb. 5-6, hosting the Crimson Elite Meet and traveling across town to Boston University's Scarlet and White Invitational.

Thomas bested her previous Ivy League and Harvard record with a time of 23.37 seconds to take first place in the 200 meters at the Scarlet and White Invitational. The time is the 10th-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 was the second-best in Harvard history and fourth-fastest in the Ivy record books.

Junior Nikki Okwelogu dominated the shot put at the Crimson Elite Meet, taking first place by nearly seven feet. Her toss of 55-7 (16.94 meters) was a season-best. Harvard also placed three in the top four of the pole vault, led by sophomore Marlena Sabatino's second-place finish and school-record height. Sabatino successfully cleared 12-11.5 (3.95 meters) with a career-best jump.

Sophomore Jay Hebert dashed to first place in the 60 meter hurdles at the Crimson Elite meet, crossing the stripe in a career-best 8.12 seconds. Harvard also tallied top results in the jumps from Spencer Lemons (high jump; 6-6.75), Malcolm Mason Rodriguez (long jump; 23-1.25) and Efe Uwaifo (triple jump; 50-5.5). Andrew Roney won the pole vault at the Scarlet and White Invitational, clearing a season-high bar of 16-0.75 (4.90 meters).

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 nine victories through six meets, twice in the 60 meters, four times in the 200 meters and once in the long jump 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 (15-9, 4.80 meters) at the Beantown Challenge while Kieran Tuntivate crossed the line first in the mile run in 4:19.92. Garrett Rouser has posted the team's second-best time in the 400 meters, clocking in at 50.09 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. 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 23.37 seconds at the Scarlet and White Invite. Her mark is the 10th-fastest in the country and the best among first-year sprinters. Thomas also holds the program record in the 60 meters after dashing to a time of 7.38 seconds at the Crimson Elite Meet.

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. Marlena Sabatino cleared 12-11.5 (3.95 meters) in the pole vault at the Crimson Elite Meet to set a new program standard. She was previously second on the all-time list.

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?                                                                 

EVENT

Men's Leader

Time/Mark

Women's Leader

Time/Mark

60

Max Mondelli

6.92

Gabby Thomas

7.38

200

Alexander Moore

22.38

Gabby Thomas

23.37

300

Alexander Moore

35.43

Autumne Franklin

38.72

400

Alexander Moore

49.88

Autumne Franklin

53.89

500

Myles Marshall

1:03.34

Jade Miller

1:12.95

600y

N/A

-

Jade Miller

1:23.17

800

Myles Marshall

1:49.35

Paige Kouba

2:09.26

1,000

Gabe Montague

2:29.25

Kieran Gallagher

2:48.72

Mile

Gabe Montague

4:07.40

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

8.12

Autumne Franklin

8.42

High Jump

Spencer Lemons

1.99m

Raegan Nizdil

1.73m

Pole Vault

Andrew Roney

4.90m

Marlena Sabatino

3.95m

Long Jump

Malcolm-Mason Rodriguez

7.04m

Gabby Thomas

5.73m

Triple Jump

Efe Uwaifo

15.38m

Gabby Thomas

12.07m

Shot Put

Julian Nunally

17.61m

Nikki Okwelogu

16.94m

Weight Throw

Josh Whitener

17.93m

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 takes a weekend off from competition before traveling to Cornell to compete in the 2016 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. The meet will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.