Trio of National Meets Up Next for Track & Field

Trio of National Meets Up Next for Track & Field

Three Ancient Eight records fell at the Raleigh Relays (Sideline Photos/The Ivy League).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Heading to a trio of the top meets in the country, Harvard track and field will send student-athletes to the Florida and Texas Relays and Stanford Invite from March 30-April 2. The Texas Relays will be broadcast on WatchESPN, while the Florida Relays can be seen on SEC Network+. FloTrack will provide the coverage for the Stanford Invite.

By the Numbers

  • 2: Paige Kouba ranks second nationally in the 1,500 meters, and broke the program record at the Raleigh Relays.
  • 3: Harvard is in search of its third-straight outdoor Heps title on the women's side, while the men are in search of their first championship since 1983.
  • 5: The team combined for five victories in the outdoor opener at TCU.
  • 6: In her first-year on campus freshman Gabby Thomas has been a part of six school records, including three during the outdoor season (200, 4x100, 4x200)
  • 46: Harvard outdoor track and field has tallied 46 All-America selections in program history. Senior Autumne Franklin and junior Jade Miller earned the honor a year ago in the 400 meter hurdles.

Setting the Stage
The three weekend meets historically have provided many of the nation's top marks for the outdoor season, and the same is expected in 2016 where roughly 15,000 combined student-athletes will compete. Harvard is sending three top distance runners to the Stanford Invite – sophomore Courtney Smith, senior Paige Kouba and junior Brandon Price – while senior Madison Hansen will lead the charge for the Crimson in the heptathlon at the Texas Relays. Harvard sends the most student-athletes to the Florida Relays, where the team will be represented in a variety of individual events and relays.

Last Time Out
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

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. Senior Paige Kouba, meanwhile, 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.

Full Recap: Four School, Three Ivy Records Fall at Raleigh Relays

Pass the Baton
Harvard's relay teams have blown away the competition to start the outdoor season, with the Crimson posting school and Ivy League records in the 4x100 and 4x200. Freshmen Ngozi Musa and Gabby Thomas, junior Jade Miller and senior Autumne Franklin hold the nation's third-fastest mark in the 4x200 (1:34.35) and ninth-best time in the 4x100 (44.56). Harvard also tallied wins in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays at the TCU Invitational.

EVENT

Men

Women

4x100

-

44.56*

4x200

-

1:34.35*

4x400

3:22.87

3:50.39

*Denotes School Record

Setting the Standard
Thirteen different student-athletes appear at the top of the Crimson record books in a plethora of events, including 12 outdoor events. Relays included, junior Jade Miller leads the way with seven school records – four indoor and three outdoor – while freshman Gabby Thomas and senior Autumne Franklin are close behind with six apiece.

Harvard's other active record holders are seniors Paige Kouba, Madison Hansen, Christi Scott and Kieran Gallagher, juniors Efe Uwaifo and Nikki Okwelogu, sophomores Matt Hurst and Marlena Sabatino and freshman Ngozi Musa and Myles Marshall.

Hurdle U
Harvard boasts a plethora of talented hurdlers, led by 2015 All-America selections Autumne Franklin and Jade Miller. In the 400 meter hurdles, Miller holds the second-best time in program history (56.22), Franklin ranks third (56.65) and junior Jackie Modesett sits fourth (59.41). Franklin and Miller finished in the top two slots at TCU two weeks ago; and, Franklin and Modesett appear as No. 2 and No. 3 on the all-time performance list in the 100 meter hurdles.

On the men's side, sophomore Jay Hebert led the Crimson with an 8.11 second dash in the 60 meter hurdles in the indoor season, and he ranks third all-time at Harvard in the 110 meter hurdles (14.35).

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Freshman Phenoms
A bevy of Crimson freshmen have kicked off their collegiate careers with unprecedented performances. Gabby Thomas has tallied 12 individual victories through 10 meets this season, three times in the 60 meters, once in the 100, six times in the 200 (five indoor, one outdoor), and twice in the long jump to lead the freshman class. She owns three individual program records in the 60 (I), 200 (I) and 200 (O). Fellow sprinter Ngozi Musa also placed in the school's top-10 list in the 60 meters (second, 7.40 seconds) and 100 meters (outdoors; second, 11.66).

On the men's side, Myles Marshall broke the indoor school record in the 800 meters at the Rod McCravy Memorial, running 1:49.35, and the 500 meters at the IC4A Championships with a time of 1:01.63. Classmate Ian West claimed top honors in the pole vault (15-9, 4.80 meters) at the Beantown Challenge, while Kieran Tuntivate owned the Crimson's best indoor mark this season in the 1,000 meters (2:28.14).

Top Marks
Who has tallied Harvard's top results in the outdoor season?

EVENT

Men's Leader

Time/Mark

Women's Leader

Time/Mark

100

Alexander Moore

10.97

Thomas/Musa

11.39w/11.66

200

Alexander Moore

22.57

Gabby Thomas

23.18*

400

Myles Marshall

47.70

-

-

800

Malik Epps

1:55.96

Kieran Gallagher

2:11.15

1,500

Brandon Price

3:50.32

Paige Kouba

4:16.46*

5,000

Ben Huffman

14:25.53

Madeleine Ankhelyi

17:30.50

10,000

Chris Allen

30:38.99

Elianna Shwayder

34:40.83

100/110H

Jay Hebert

14.58

Autumne Franklin

13.93

400H

Alex Kirby

59.22

Autumne Franklin

57.79

High Jump

Spencer Lemons

2.00m

Allison Morrison

1.68m

Pole Vault

Matthew Miller

4.60m

Marlena Sabatino

3.80m

Long Jump

Mark Hill

6.84m

Madison Hansen

5.26m

Triple Jump

-

-

Bola Hambolu

11.28m

Shot Put

Julian Nunally

16.92m

Nikki Okwelogu

17.02m

Discus

Mark Hill

34.84m

Nikki Okwelogu

54.06m*

Hammer

Josh Whitener

51.81m

-

-

Javelin

Brett Henderson

61.53m

Madison Hansen

34.69m

Hept./Pent.

Mark Hill

6,211

-

-

*Denotes School Record

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, and use #GoCrimson to interact with other fans.

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 two outdoor Ivy League Championships. Saretsky's tenure has seen 23 All-America performances, 32 NCAA qualifiers and 89 Heptagonal champions.

What's Next?
Harvard travels to Miami for the Hurricane Alumni Invitational and to Princeton for the Sam Howell Invite April 8-9.