Marshall, Kouba Fly to School Records at IC4A/ECAC Championships

Marshall, Kouba Fly to School Records at IC4A/ECAC Championships

Kouba sits at the top of the Harvard and Ancient Eight record books in the 1K (Gil Talbot).

BOSTON – Competing for the final time before the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, Harvard track and field tallied a pair of record-breaking performances at the IC4A/ECAC Championships March 5-6 at Boston University.

Freshman Myles Marshall sprinted to a time of 1:01.63 in the 500 meters, breaking the Harvard record while posting the fastest mark in the country to this point. The Kingwood, Texas native's run was 1.38 seconds faster than the previous program standard, set in 1999 by Joseph Ciollo '99.

Senior Paige Kouba broke the Harvard and Ivy League records in the 1,000 meters after crossing the stripe with a time of 2:44.76. Kouba took second overall in the event, and her time was 1.95 seconds better than former Harvard record-breaking run by Erika Veidis '15 a year ago.

"It was another great weekend for Harvard track and field," said Jason Saretsky, the William W. 'Bill' McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country. "The history of this program is so rich with success and to see our current student-athletes rewriting the record books is amazing. I was particularly proud of our seniors, Paige Kouba and Autumne Franklin, as they have been tremendous leaders both on and off the track."

Senior Autumne Franklin posted a career-best 53.03 in the 400 meters, giving her the second-quickest mark in program history and third-fastest run in the Ancient Eight record books. Franklin finished second overall with the result, which was 0.86 seconds faster than her previous personal record.

In the women's pole vault, sophomore Marlena Sabatino took second place after successfully clearing 12-7.5 (3.85 meters). On the men's side, meanwhile, sophomore Ben Huffman took sixth with a personal-best run of 8:13.62 in the 3,000 meters.

The final meet of the season is the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship March 11-12 in Birmingham, Alabama. The Crimson will be represented by junior Nikki Okwelogu in the shot put and sophomore Courtney Smith in the 5,000 meters. The meet will be broadcast live on ESPN3.