Track & Field Nets Four All-Americans on Final Day of NCAA Championships

Track & Field Nets Four All-Americans on Final Day of NCAA Championships

The Crimson women finished 17th as a team (Brian Panoff).

EUGENE, Ore. – Putting an end to one of the most successful NCAA Championships meet in program history, Harvard women's track and field picked up four All-America selections from freshman Gabby Thomas, senior Autumne Franklin, senior Paige Kouba and junior Nikki Okwelogu. The Crimson took 17th as a team overall, its highest placement since 2001, and had four first team All-Americans for the first time.

Thomas ran a blistering time of 22.47 seconds in the 200 meters, taking third overall to claim first team All-America honors. The freshman broke her own Ivy League and Harvard records with the run, which was wind-legal at plus-1.9 meters per second. She now owns the top mark at Harvard by 1.7 seconds. The All-America honor is the first of Thomas' career.

Franklin broke her own Harvard and Ivy League records in the 400 meter hurdles, placing fourth overall after stopping the clock at 54.91 seconds. The time gave Franklin All-America honors for the third time in her career, and the highest Harvard finish in the hurdles since Brenda Taylor '01 won the NCAA title in 2001.

Kouba collected first team All-America honors after a seventh-place finish in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, crossing the stripe in 9:54.43. The Eugene, Oregon native is the first Harvard woman to place at an NCAA Championships meet in the steeplechase, and the All-America honor is the first of her career. The co-captain ran in the top half throughout the race before finishing seventh at the line.

Okwelogu tallied the 10th-farthest toss in the discus at 176-10 (53.90m) to collect second team All-America status. The junior, who also earned first team All-America accolades on Thursday in the shot put, recorded her best throw on her final attempt, helping her climb six spots in the table. The two All-America honors mark the first time Okwelogu placed in the top-16 in two events, and give her the third and fourth All-America selections of her career.

Thomas, Franklin and Kouba, in addition to junior Jade Miller and sophomore Courtney Smith, will compete at the USATF Olympic Trials in Eugene, held July 1-10.