Franklin & Okwelogu were honored as the most outstanding athletes of the meet (Sideline Photos/The Ivy League).
PRINCETON, N.J. – On the heels of Harvard women's track and field's third-consecutive Ivy League championship, 14 student-athletes garnered All-Ivy recognition in 17 different events. The Crimson tallied first-team selections in 10 events, and senior Autumne Franklin and junior Nikki Okwelogu were named the Most Outstanding Track and Field Performers of the Meet, respectively.
Franklin and freshman Gabby Thomas led the conference with three first-team selections apiece. Franklin earned individual victories in the 100 hurdles and 400 hurdles, while Thomas triumphed in the 100- and 200-meter sprints. The duo combined with freshman Ngozi Musa and junior Jade Miller for the title in the 4x100 relay.
Okwelogu continued her Heps dominance in the throws, posting wins in the discus and shot put to earn first team honors. Stating her case as the most well-rounded athlete of the meet, senior Madison Hansen earned a first-team selection in the heptathlon after setting an Ivy League and Harvard record.
Senior Paige Kouba pulled away from the field in the 3,000 steeplechase to pick up a first team nod, while the men's 4x800 relay of sophomore Gabe Montague, senior Malik Epps, junior Thomas Negron and freshman Myles Marshall darted to victory for Harvard's final first team selections.
The Crimson also earned seven second-team nods, with two coming in the hurdles from Miller. Musa picked up her second Ancient Eight honor in the 100 meters, while seniors Lexie Schachne and Allison Morrison finished second in the pole vault and long jump, respectively.
Marshall was recognized on the second team for a runner-up performance in the 800 meters, and junior Efe Uwaifo picked up a second team honor in the triple jump.
Harvard was one of two schools to win 10 or more events at the Heptagonal Championships, and led the Ancient Eight with nine first team selections on the women's side.
WOMEN'S MOST OUTSTANDING TRACK PERFORMER OF THE MEET
Autumne Franklin, Harvard (Sr., - Owings Mills, Md.)
WOMEN'S MOST OUTSTANDING FIELD PERFORMER OF THE MEET
Nikki Okwelogu, Harvard (Jr. – Fresno, Calif.)
FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY
100m – Gabby Thomas, Harvard (Fr. – Florence, Mass.)
200m – Gabby Thomas, Harvard (Fr. – Florence, Mass.)
100mH – Autumne Franklin, Harvard (Sr. – Owings Mills, Md.)
400mH – Autumne Franklin, Harvard (Sr. – Owings Mills, Md.)
Steeple – Paige Kouba, Harvard (Sr. – Eugene, Ore.)
4x100m – Harvard: Ngozi Musa (Fr. – Seattle); Gabby Thomas (Fr. – Florence, Mass.); Autumne Franklin (Sr. – Owings Mills, Md.); Jade Miller (Jr. – Temecula, Calif.)
Shot Put – Nikki Okwelogu, Harvard (Jr. – Fresno, Calif.)
Discus – Nikki Okwelogu, Harvard (Jr. – Fresno, Calif.)
Heptathlon – Madison Hansen, Harvard (Sr. – Plano, Texas)
4x800m – Harvard: Gabe Montague (So. – Newton, Mass.); Malik Epps (Sr. – Atlanta); Thomas Negron (Jr. – Moseley, Va.); Myles Marshall (Fr. – Kingwood, Texas)
SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY
100m – Ngozi Musa, Harvard (Fr. – Seattle)
100mH – Jade Miller, Harvard (Jr. – Temecula, Calif.)
400mH – Jade Miller, Harvard (Jr. – Temecula, Calif.)
Pole Vault – Lexie Schachne, Harvard (Sr. – Westport, Conn.)
Long Jump – Allison Morrison, Harvard (Sr. – Helena, Mont.)
800m – Myles Marshall, Harvard (Fr. – Kingwood, Texas)
Triple Jump – Efe Uwaifo, Harvard (Jr. – London)