Kouba now holds the fastest mark in the NCAA in the 1500 meters (Harvard Track and Field).
RALEIGH, N.C. – In what was a history making meet for Harvard track and field, four program records and three Ivy League records were broken at the Raleigh Relays, March 25-26 at Paul Derr Track.
The Crimson 4x100 and 4x200 meter relay teams, utilizing the same order of freshman Ngozi Musa, junior Jade Miller, senior Autumne Franklin and freshman Gabby Thomas, set new Harvard and Ancient Eight records with times of 44.56 and 1:34.45, respectively. The quartet's dash in the 4x200 topped the previous school record by more than five seconds and former Ivy record by just over one second, with splits of 24.9 (Musa), 23.4 (Miller), 23.2 (Franklin) and 22.8 (Thomas). The 4x100 meter program record fell by three tenths of a second.
Thomas also posted a victory in the 200 meters with a career-best time of 23.18 seconds. The NCAA-leading mark beat the qualifying time for the USATF Olympic Trials and broke the school, New England and Ivy League records. The first year runner jumped former All-American Sharay Hale in the Ivy ranks. Miller wound up sixth with a career-best time of 24.23.
Senior Paige Kouba finished second in the 1,500 meters, and first among collegiate runners, with a career-best time of 4:16.46 that broke the Harvard record previously held by Molly Renfer '15 by nearly two seconds. The time is the best in the country to this point, and was faster than the time of 2014 world 800 meter champion Chanelle Price, who wound up third. Senior Kieran Gallagher took 19th in the race with a time of 4:31.55, her best in a Harvard uniform, and also posted an outdoor-best at 2:11.15 in the 800 meters to place seventh.
Sophomore Elianna Shwayder ended up 11th in the 10,000 meters after crossing the stripe in 34:40.83. Making her debut in the event, Shwayder posted the seventh-fastest time in the Crimson record books.
"The outdoor season is really heating up and even though we had a limited squad competing this weekend," said Jason Saretsky, the William W. 'Bill' McCurdy Director of Harvard Track and Field/Cross Country. "I was pleased with how many record breaking performances we had."
On the men's side, sophomore Gabe Montague ran to 11th in the 1,500 meters, setting a personal record with a time of 3:50.91. Racing on the track for the first time this season, senior Thomas Purnell took 25th in 3:53.38.
In the 5,000 meters, sophomore Ben Huffman shattered his previous top mark with a time of 14:25.53 to place 38th overall. The time was 10 seconds faster than his previous best.
Harvard sends student-athletes to the Texas and Florida Relays March 30-April 2, where many of the nation's top performers will be in action.