No. 14 Women, Men’s Track & Field Prepares for ECAC/IC4A Championships

No. 14 Women, Men’s Track & Field Prepares for ECAC/IC4A Championships

Harvard will also compete at the Twilight Meet, hosted at Bentley (Sideline Photos/The Ivy League).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Heading to Princeton for the second time in as many weeks, Harvard track and field will compete at the ECAC/IC4A Championships May 12-14. The Crimson will also send student-athletes to the Battle Road Track Club Twilight Meet, hosted by Bentley May 14.

By the Numbers

  • 3: Harvard captured its third-straight outdoor Heps title on the women's side, scoring 160 points to topple the field
  • 5: Five Crimson student-athletes rank in the top-10 nationally in their respective events: Gabby Thomas (10th, 200), Courtney Smith (2nd, 10,000), Autumne Franklin (5th, 400H), Paige Kouba (5th, 3,000S) and Nikki Okwelogu (10th, shot put). Harvard also ranks sixth in the 4x200 relay.
  • 6: Five Harvard women have combined to post six times that qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials:  Thomas, Franklin, Kouba, Smith and Jade Miller.
  • 21: Harvard's school records – indoor and outdoor combined – have fallen in an astonishing 21 different events this season.

Poll Position
Following another highly successful weekend, Harvard women's outdoor track and field jumped to No. 10 in the USTFCCCA national rankings on April 27, signifying the program's highest all-time ranking. The squad checked in at No. 14 this week, and was the sixth ranking of the season.

For the full top-25, click here.

#RecordBreakers

Last Time Out
Celebrating for the third-consecutive season, Harvard women's track and field captured the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Sunday at Weaver Track. The women tallied 160 points in the competition to take top honors, while the men's squad placed sixth with 46 points.

Senior Autumne Franklin was named the meets Most Outstanding Track Performer after posting victories in the 100 hurdles, 400 hurdles and 4x100 relay. The honor completes a sweep of the awards from Franklin in 2016, as she was also hailed the top track performer at the indoor championships. Junior Nikki Okwelogu was crowned the Most Outstanding Field Performer after her victories in the discus and shot put.

Full Recap: No. 12 Women's Track Earns Third-Straight Ivy League Heptagonal Championship, Men Place Sixth

All-Ivy Recognition
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, with Harvard recording first-place performances 10 times. The student-athletes recognized by the conference are:

Autumne Franklin, Nikki Okwelogu, Gabby Thomas, Ngozi Musa, Jade Miller, Madison Hansen, Paige Kouba, Gabe Montague, Malik Epps, Thomas Negron, Myles Marshall, Lexie Schachne, Allison Morrison and Efe Uwaifo.

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.

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 sixth-fastest mark in the 4x200 (1:34.35) and 22nd-best time in the 4x100 (44.56), while Thomas, Franklin, Miller and senior Christi Scott rank 10th nationally in the 4x400 (3:32.05).

EVENT

Men

Women

4x100

41.96

44.56*

4x200

1:28.14

1:34.35*

4x400

3:13.40

3:32.05*

*Denotes School Record

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

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.

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

21.33

Gabby Thomas

22.75*

400

Myles Marshall

47.70

Christi Scott

55.35

800

Myles Marshall

1:48.20

Paige Kouba

2:08.42

1,500

Gabe Montague

3:48.23

Paige Kouba

4:16.46*

3,000

Brandon Price

8:19.50

Elianna Shwayder

9:59.46

5,000

Brandon Price

13:58.57

Elianna Shwayder

16:40.06

10,000

Chris Allen

29:54.91

Courtney Smith

32:08.32*

100/110H

Jay Hebert

14.30

Autumne Franklin

13.44*

400H

Garrett Rouser

56.08

Autumne Franklin

55.70

3,000S

Kieran Tuntivate

9:20.87

Paige Kouba

9:50.21*

High Jump

Spencer Lemons

6-6.75

Allison Morrison

5-8.75

Pole Vault

Andrew Roney

16-4.75

Marlena Sabatino

12-9.5*

Long Jump

Mark Hill

23-4

Gabby Thomas

19-4

Triple Jump

Efe Uwaifo

52-5.25

Floriane Kameni

37-3.75

Shot Put

Julian Nunally

55-6.25

Nikki Okwelogu

56-0.5

Discus

Julian Nunally

176-8

Nikki Okwelogu

180-8*

Hammer

Josh Whitener

184-4

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Javelin

Brett Henderson

208-10

Madison Hansen

126-8

Dec./Hept.

Mark Hill

6,409

Madison Hansen

5,530*

*Denotes School Record

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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 and four indoor Ivy League Championships. Saretsky's tenure has seen 23 All-America performances, 32 NCAA qualifiers and 99 Heptagonal champions.

What's Next?
Harvard takes a break until May 26, where qualified athletes will travel to Jacksonville, Florida for the 2016 NCAA Regional Championships.