Track & Field Set to Compete at IC4A/ECAC Championships

Track & Field Set to Compete at IC4A/ECAC Championships

Harvard will send 12 student-athletes to this weekend's event (Sideline Photos/The Ivy League).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Less than a week removed from a fourth-straight Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championship on the women's side, Harvard track and field is set to send a few of its qualified athletes to the IC4A/ECAC Championships March 5-6, hosted by Boston University.

By the Numbers

  • 1: Harvard's women's team is the top-ranked program in the Northeast region. The men's squad enters the weekend ranked ninth regionally.
  • 4: Harvard's women earned its fourth-consecutive Ivy League crown Feb. 27-28.
  • 6: Six Harvard records have fallen during the 2015-16 campaign- five on the women's side and one on the men's. The Crimson has also set three Ivy records.
  • 10: Courtney Smith owns the eighth-fastest time nationally in the 5,000 meters at 15:46.44.
  • 17: Seventeen Crimson student-athletes earned All-Ivy recognition after finishing in the top two at Heps.

Last Time Out
Putting an exclamation point on the two-day Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships, Harvard women's track and field tallied its fourth Ivy League title in a row with 136.5 points. The men's squad took fifth place after pulling in 46 points.

Senior Autumne Franklin was named the meet's Most Outstanding Track Athlete after posting victories in the 400 meters and 60 meter hurdles, while also serving on the championship-winning 4x400 meter relay team. Franklin crossed the stripe in 54.60 seconds in the 400 meters and 8.42 seconds in the 60 meter hurdles, equaling a season-best. Franklin became the Ancient Eight's second four-time champion in the hurdles.

Franklin was also the second leg of the 4x400 relay team that finished first with a time of 3:40.81. Franklin shared the title with freshman Gabby Thomas, Senior Christi Scott and junior Jade Miller.

The men's squad captured a pair of victories in the meet, coming in the triple jump and 4x800 meter relays. Junior Efe Uwaifo defended his Heps crown with a jump of 52-2.75 (15.92) meters, setting a new career- and Harvard-best. The jump is the sixth-longest in Ivy history. Senior Malcolm Mason Rodriguez followed his fourth-place result in the long jump with a season-best effort in the triple (50-3.75, 15.33m) to take fourth.

Full Recap: Women's Track And Field Captures Fourth Ivy Title in a Row, Men Place Fifth

In Focus
The Crimson will send 12 student-athletes, seven men and five women, to Boston University to run in this weekend's events.  All 12 had to qualify to participate, posting top results earlier in the season. Harvard will be represented in eight events by Myles Marshall, Kieran Tuntivate, Louis Colson, Ben Huffman, Andrew Roney, Ian West, Mark Hill, Autumne Franklin, Paige Kouba, Marlena Sabatino, Lexie Schachne and Nicole Trenchard. 

Freshman Phenoms
A bevy of Crimson freshmen have kicked off their collegiate careers with unprecedented performances. Gabby Thomas has tallied 10 individual victories through eight meets, three times in the 60 meters, five times in the 200 meters and twice in the long jump to lead the freshman class. She owns the school and Ivy records in the 60 and 200 meters. Fellow sprinter Ngozi Musa has also placed in the school's top-10 list in the 60 meters (second, 7.40 seconds).

On the men's side, Myles Marshall broke the school record in the 800 meters at the Rod McCravy Memorial, running 1:49.35. Classmate Ian West claimed top honors in the pole vault (15-9, 4.80 meters) at the Beantown Challenge while Kieran Tuntivate owns the Crimson's best mark this season in the 1,000 meters (2:28.14).

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 school and Ancient Eight records, along with teammates Jackie Modesett and Jade Miller. The quartet crossed the stripe in 3:35.14 at the Don Kirby Collegiate Invite at New Mexico. 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 set a new school record in the 800 meters at the Rod McCravy Memorial, placing fifth overall with a time of 1:49.35.

A handful of other student-athletes have vaulted into the top-10 of the men's and women's record books.

Hurdle U
Entering this weekend's event, the Crimson has posted the top three fastest times in the 60 meter hurdles. Autumne Franklin owns the top mark by 0.09 seconds, crossing the stripe in 8.42 at the Crimson Elite Meet and Ivy Indoor Heps. Jade Miller ranks second at 8.51 while Jackie Modesett ranks third in the league with a time of 8.55. Franklin captured her fourth-straight Ancient Eight title Feb. 28 at Heps, which had only been achieved once previously in conference history.

On the men's side, sophomore Jay Hebert ran to a personal best 8.11 seconds at the Heptagonal Championships, and he enters the weekend with the top Harvard mark and seventh-fastest time in the conference.

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

600

N/A

-

Jade Miller

1:31.48

800

Myles Marshall

1:49.35*

Paige Kouba

2:09.26

1,000

Kieran Tuntivate

2:28.14

Kieran Gallagher

2:48.72

Mile

Gabe Montague

4:07.40

Paige Kouba

4:43.77

3,000

Brandon Price

8:00.07

Courtney Smith

9:17.10

5,000

Brandon Price

14:32.11

Courtney Smith

15:46.4

60H

Jay Hebert

8.11

Autumne Franklin

8.42

High Jump

Spencer Lemons

2.01m

Raegan Nizdil

1.73m

Pole Vault

Andrew Roney

4.90m

Marlena Sabatino

3.95m

Long Jump

Malcolm-Mason Rodriguez

7.14m

Gabby Thomas

5.73m

Triple Jump

Efe Uwaifo

15.92m

Gabby Thomas

12.07m

Shot Put

Julian Nunally

17.61m

Nikki Okwelogu

17.01m

Weight Throw

Josh Whitener

17.93m

N/A

-

Hept./Pent.

Mark Hill

4,974

Madison Hansen

3,746

*School Record

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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.

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 four indoor Ivy League Championships. Saretsky's tenure has seen 21 All-America performances, 30 NCAA qualifiers and 91 Heptagonal champions.

What's Next?
Following this weekend's IC4A/ECAC Championships, Harvard's top performers will travel to Birmingham, Alabama to compete in the NCAA Indoor Championships March 11-12.