No. 12 Women, Men’s Track & Field Set for Annual Harvard-Yale Meet

No. 12 Women, Men’s Track & Field Set for Annual Harvard-Yale Meet

Harvard has won eight straight meetings on the women's side, five on the men's (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard-Yale track meet dates back to 1891, and the Crimson will meet the Bulldogs for the 114th time on Saturday, April 16 in New Haven. The first events will begin at noon while the final event will kick off at 3:55 p.m.

By the Numbers

  • 1: Two Crimson runners lead the country in their respective events: 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.
  • 4: Four Harvard women have combined to post five times greater than the Olympic trials standard:  Gabby Thomas, Autumne Franklin, Paige Kouba and Courtney Smith.
  • 5: Harvard track and field has combined to sweep Yale in each of the past five seasons. The Harvard women have captured eight-straight wins against their historic rival.

Looking Back
The first Harvard-Yale meet took place in 1891, with the Crimson posting an 85-27 victory. Harvard's men lead the all-time series with the Bulldogs, 64-48-1, while the women, whose series began in 1978 following the Harvard/Radcliffe merger, hold a 27-11 advantage. The meet this season is Harvard's only dual.

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.

For full top-25, click here.

Last Time Out
Splitting for a pair of meets April 8-9, Harvard Track and Field tallied a handful of top performances at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational, hosted by Miami, and the Sam Howell Invite, hosted by Princeton.

Junior Nikki Okwelogu led the charge in South Beach, posting victories in the discus and shot put. The Fresno, California native broke her own school record in the discus with a toss of 179-5 (54.69), which is 12 feet better than the second-place mark in the Crimson annals. The throw was also the second-best in Ivy history. Not done on the afternoon, Okwelogu also triumphed in the shot put with a throw of 56-0.5 (17.08).

Senior Autumne Franklin and junior Jade Miller finished in the top two spots in the 400 hurdles, with Franklin picking up the win in a personal best 56.19. The co-captain's mark was the second fastest in school history, while Miller crossed the stripe just behind in 56.74. The times are the fourth- and eighth-fastest nationally. The duo also took seventh and ninth in the 100H in 13.64 and 13.80 seconds, respectively, with Miller's time good for fourth-best in Harvard and eighth-best in Ivy history. Senior Madison Hansen placed 11th overall in the 100 hurdles in 14.08, which represents the sixth-fastest time by a Harvard hurdler.

Full Recap: Okwelogu Leads Charge for Track & Field at Hurricane Alumni Invite

Across the River
Sophomore Courtney Smith and junior Nikki Okwelogu were named to the 2015-16 winter Academic All-Ivy League team. The duo qualified as starters or key reserves with cumulative grade point averages of at least 3.0. Each Ivy school nominates five men and five women for the honor.

Full Release: Ivy League Announces Winter 2015-16 Academic All-Ivy Team

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.

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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

Max Mondelli

10.76

Gabby Thomas

11.30*

200

Max Mondelli

21.55

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

56.19          

3,000S

-

-

Paige Kouba

9:50.21*

High Jump

Spencer Lemons

6-6.75

Allison Morrison

5-7

Pole Vault

Ian West

15-7

Marlena Sabatino

12-5.5

Long Jump

Malcolm Mason-Rodriguez

23-3.25

Allison Morrison

18-6.5

Triple Jump

Efe Uwaifo

51-0.25

Floriane Kameni

37-3.75

Shot Put

Julian Nunally

55-6.25

Nikki Okwelogu

56-0.5

Discus

Julian Nunally

172-10

Nikki Okwelogu

179-5*

Hammer

Josh Whitener

171-9

-

-

Javelin

Brett Henderson

201-10

Madison Hansen

124-1

Hept./Pent.

Mark Hill

6,211

Madison Hansen

5,245

*Denotes School Record

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 Virginia for the UVA Challenge April 22-23.