SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - Representing Harvard for the final times in their careers, Harvard track and field's Autumne Franklin and Paige Kouba each picked up a silver medal at the 2016 North America Central America & Caribbean (NACAC) Championships, held July 16-17 at Jorge "El Magico" Gonzalez National Stadium.
Franklin posted the meet's second fastest time in the 400 hurdles, crossing the stripe in 56.36 seconds. Franklin was coming off a sixth-place result at the USATF Olympic Trials, and passed the line less than two tenths of a second behind her United States teammate, Kiah Seymour. The Owings Mills, Maryland native was also an All-American in the 400 hurdles this season.
Kouba also earned a silver medal at the NACAC meet, posting a second-place result in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 10:38.84. Also an All-American in 2016, Kouba and Canada's Regan Yee were in a footrace down the final stretch that ended with a margin of victory of only .05 seconds. Kouba entered the meet after competing at the USATF Olympic Trials a week ago.