No. 13 Women’s Track & Field Gears Up for NCAA Championships

No. 13 Women’s Track & Field Gears Up for NCAA Championships

Seven student-athletes will represent the Crimson at Hayward Field (Sideline Photos/The Ivy League).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Culminating in TrackTown, USA at historic Hayward Field after 18 outdoor meets, No. 13 Harvard women's track and field is set to send seven student-athletes to the 2016 NCAA Championships, hosted by Oregon June 8-11. The meet will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks.

The Crimson will be represented by seniors Autumne Franklin, Paige Kouba and Christi Scott, juniors Jade Miller and Nikki Okwelogu and freshmen Ngozi Musa and Gabby Thomas.

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 Harvard women have combined to post six times that qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials:  Thomas, Franklin, Kouba, Miller and Courtney Smith.
  • 7: The Crimson is represented in the field by seven student-athletes, with four set to compete in multiple events.
  • 23: Harvard's school records – indoor and outdoor combined – have fallen in an astonishing 23 different events this season.
  • 100: Harvard is sending student-athletes to Eugene in seven events, 100 percent of which contain the current school-record holder.

When to Tune In

Date

Event

Round         

Time (ET) 

Media

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Thursday, June 9
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Saturday, June 11
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4x100 Relay
3,000 Steeplechase
400 Hurdles
Shot Put
200 Meters
4x400 Relay
Discus
4x100 Relay
3,000 Steeplechase
400 Hurdles
200 Meters
4x400 Relay

Semifinal   
Semifinal
Semifinal
Final
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Semifinal
Final
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Final
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Final

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8:51 p.m.

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TrackTown LIVE
Senior co-captain Paige Kouba, along with assistant coach Patrick Wales-Dinan, are set to appear on TrackTown LIVE on Tuesday, June 7 at 9 p.m. ET. The show, hosted by Paul Swangard and Jordan Kent, is the third-annual preview show produced by the USTFCCCA and TrackTown USA. The show will be broadcast on TrackTownLIVE.com, and will be simulcast on USTFCCCA.org, Flotrack and Runnerspace.

Out of the Blocks
Thomas enters the NCAA Championships as the second overall seed in the 200 meters after darting to a time of 22.37 seconds at the NCAA East Regional in Jacksonville, Florida. A wind-aided mark (3.7 m/s), Thomas broke the Harvard and Ivy League records at the Florida Relays earlier this season with a time of 22.75 seconds. The first-year runner holds the program mark by an astonishing 1.39 seconds. Tennessee senior Felicia Brown is the only sprinter seeded higher than Thomas, entering the meet with a time of 22.27.

Hurdle-U
A pair of personal records thrust Franklin and Miller into the NCAA Championships, giving the duo the first and seventh seeds, respectively, in the 400 hurdles. Franklin ran the top time in the regionals after running a Harvard- and Ivy League-best 55.12 in Jacksonville, which beat out Ohio State senior Alexis Franklin's 55.28 second run for the fastest mark.

Miller is the seventh seed after posting a career-best run of 55.75 seconds in the regional stage. The time is the third-fastest all-time at Harvard and in the Ivy League.

Pass the Baton
Prior to 2016, no Ivy League relay teams had ever qualified for the NCAA finals. Erasing the trend, Harvard had a pair of relay squads advance to the championships in the 4x100 and 4x400 events. The quartet of Musa, Miller, Franklin and Thomas enter the meet as the No. 11 seed after stopping the clock at 44.29 seconds in Jacksonville, setting Harvard and Ivy League records. Miller, Franklin and Thomas also paired with Scott in the 4x400 relay, qualifying as the 10th-fastest seed with a time of 3:29.98. Like the 4x100 team, the time broke the Harvard and Ivy League records. Kentucky and Arkansas, respectively, are the top seeds in the events.

In the Steeplechase
Returning to her hometown for the first of two major meets this summer, Kouba punched her ticket to Eugene as the fifth-fastest qualifier in the field. The school record holder in the event at 9:50.21, set at the Stanford Invitational, Kouba breezed to the championship at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships before running 9:59.10 at the NCAA East Regional in Jacksonville. New Mexico senior Courtney Frerichs enters the meet as the top seed with a time of 9:51.48 in the NCAA West Regional.

A Pair of Throws
Earning a spot in the NCAA Championships in two events, Okwelogu is the top seed in the shot put and the No. 13 seed in the discus. A junior, Okwelogu broke her own Harvard and Ivy League records in the shot put at the NCAA East Regional with a mark of 58-9.25 (17.91m), which was good for first-place. The Fresno, California native followed up her mark in the shot put with a toss of 179-7 (54.75m) in the discus to punch her ticket in a second event. The school record holder in the event, Okwelogu is one of five student-athletes to qualify in both events.

Ivy Supreme
All eight Ivy League programs will be represented at the NCAA Championships, but the Harvard women qualified more student-athletes than any other men's and women's program combined. Cornell tallied six combined student-athletes to follow the Crimson, while Princeton will send three to Hayward Field.

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. 13 this week, and was the team's ninth ranking of the season.

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#RecordBreakers

Top Marks
What were the top times and marks set by qualified Harvard student-athletes this season?

EVENT

Women's Leader

Time/Mark

200

Gabby Thomas

22.75*

3,000S

Paige Kouba

9:50.21*

400H

Autumne Franklin

55.12*

400H

Jade Miller

56.44

SP

Nikki Okwelogu

58-9.25 (17.91m)*

Discus

Nikki Okwelogu

180-8 (55.08m)*

4x100

Musa/Miller/Franklin/Thomas

44.29*

4x400

Thomas/Franklin/Scott/Miller

3:29.98*

*Denotes School Record

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.

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 three outdoor and four indoor Ivy League Championships. Saretsky's tenure has seen 23 All-America performances, 40 NCAA qualifiers and 99 Heptagonal champions.

What's Next?
Autumne Franklin, Paige Kouba, Jade Miller, Courtney Smith and Gabby Thomas will represent the Crimson at the 2016 USATF Olympic Trials, scheduled for July 1-10 at Oregon's Hayward Field.