No. 12 Women, Men’s Track & Field Split for Meets at Miami and Princeton

No. 12 Women, Men’s Track & Field Split for Meets at Miami and Princeton

Harvard set six school records last weekend at Stanford and Florida (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Returning to competition following a record-breaking weekend, Harvard track and field travels to a pair of meets April 8-9 with the Hurricane Alumni Invitational, at Miami, and Princeton's Sam Howell Invite. The Miami-hosted meet will be broadcast on ESPN3.

By the Numbers

  • 1: Three Crimson runners lead the country in their respective events: Gabby Thomas (200), Paige Kouba (3,000S) and Courtney Smith (10K).
  • 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: Last weekend, four Harvard women combined to post five times greater than the Olympic trials standard.
  • 8: In her first-year on campus freshman Gabby Thomas has been a part of eight school records, including five during the outdoor season (100, 200, 4x100, 4x200, 4x400).
  • 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.

Honor Roll
Sophomore Courtney Smith was named the USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week April 5. Smith posted the eighth-fastest time in NCAA history in the 10,000 meters (32:08.32) en route to beating the Olympic standard at the Stanford Invitational. The best mark in the NCAA this season, Smith's time shattered the Ivy League and Harvard records.

The national weekly award was the first of Smith's career.

Poll Position
Following a highly successful weekend at a trio of national meets, Harvard women's outdoor track and field leapt into the top-25 polls for the first time in program history, checking in at No. 12. The Crimson jumped 25 spots from their No. 37 ranking a week ago. The ranking is just the third all-time for the Harvard track and field program of any kind, as the women's indoor squad picked up No. 24 and No. 25 rankings in the preseason and week one polls, respectively, in 2014.

Last Time Out
Sending student-athletes to a trio of highly-regarded national meets, Harvard track and field continued its trend of breaking school and Ivy records at the Florida Relays and Stanford Invitational. Additionally, Harvard now has four Olympic trials qualifiers in five events.

Sophomore Courtney Smith and senior Paige Kouba led the team on the west coast, with Smith posting the eighth-fastest time in NCAA history in the 10,000 meters (32:08.32), breaking the Harvard and Ivy records in the process. Kouba, meanwhile, won the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:50.21 to set a new Harvard record. The co-captain crossed the line ahead of the USATF Olympic trials standard, and she owns the best mark in the country to this point.

Freshman Gabby Thomas broke a pair of Harvard and Ivy League records in the 100 and 200 meters. Thomas crossed the stripe in 11.30 seconds in the 100 meters, breaking the program record by nearly three tenths of a second, and broke her own mark in the 200 with a time of 22.75. Thomas, who also set a New England-best in the 200, now holds the Harvard record in the 200 meters by 1.39 seconds. Both marks cleared the Olympic trials standard.

Senior Autumne Franklin also passed the mark for the USATF Olympic trials in the 400 hurdles (56.81) and broke the Harvard record in the 100 hurdles.

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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 women's 4x100 and 4x200, and a Harvard-best in the 4x400. 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), while Thomas, Franklin, Miller and senior Christi Scott rank eighth nationally in the 4x400 (3:32.05).

EVENT

Men

Women

4x100

-

44.56*

4x200

1:28.14

1:34.35*

4x400

3:13.40

3:32.05*

*Denotes School Record

Setting the Standard
Fourteen different student-athletes appear at the top of the Crimson record books in a plethora of events, including 15 outdoors. Relays included, freshman Gabby Thomas leads the way with eight school records – five outdoors and three indoors – while junior Jade Miller and senior Autumne Franklin are close behind with seven and  six apiece, respectively.

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, Marlena Sabatino and Courtney Smith 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. 1 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).

Feature Video: Jackie Modesett & Community Service

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

Gabby Thomas

11.30*

200

Alexander Moore

22.57

Gabby Thomas

22.75*

400

Myles Marshall

47.70

Christi Scott

55.35

800

Myles Marshall

1:48.20

Kieran Gallagher

2:11.15

1,500

Gabe Montague

3:48.23

Paige Kouba

4:16.46*

3,000

-

-

Fiona Davis

10:31.48

5,000

Brandon Price

13:58.57

Madeleine Ankhelyi

17:30.50

10,000

Chris Allen

30:38.99

Courtney Smith

32:08.32*

100/110H

Jay Hebert

14.58

Autumne Franklin

13.47*

400H

Alex Kirby

58.30

Autumne Franklin

56.81          

3,000S

-

-

Paige Kouba

9:50.21*

High Jump

Spencer Lemons

6-6.75

Nizdil/Morrison

5-6

Pole Vault

Andrew Roney

15-5

Marlena Sabatino

12-5.5

Long Jump

Mark Hill

22-5.25

Madison Hansen

17-7

Triple Jump

-

-

Bola Hambolu

37-0.25

Shot Put

Julian Nunally

55-6.25

Nikki Okwelogu

55-10.25

Discus

Mark Hill

114-4

Nikki Okwelogu

177-4*

Hammer

Josh Whitener

170-0

-

-

Javelin

Brett Henderson

201-10

Madison Hansen

124-1

Hept./Pent.

Mark Hill

6,211

Madison Hansen

5,245

*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 New Haven for the annual Harvard-Yale meet on Saturday, April 16.