Women’s Track & Field, Cross Country Announce Class of 2020

Women’s Track & Field, Cross Country Announce Class of 2020

The group of 11 joins a squad that rose as high as No. 10 in the national polls in 2016 (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Jason Saretsky, The William W. 'Bill' McCurdy Director of Track & Field/Cross Country, announced 11 additions to the track and field and cross country programs as the class of 2020 on Tuesday. The group joins the Crimson from five states and two countries.

"Our coaching staff did an outstanding job putting together this year's women's class," said Saretsky. "We have established a legacy of success and I know the talented incoming student-athletes listed below are looking forward to adding to it. I can't wait for them to arrive!"

The class of 2020 joins a program that tallied eight total All-America honors and rose as high as No. 10 in the country in 2016. The Crimson women captured their third- and fourth-consecutive Ivy League Championships in the outdoor and indoor seasons, respectively, and earned a plethora of All-Ancient Eight accolades.

Simi Fajemisin | Oxford, U.K. | Headington School
Long Jump - 20'1.25"
Triple Jump - 39'10.5"

"Simi arrives at Harvard with some excellent personal bests. As she improves her specific power levels and consistency she could develop into a jumper that threatens Ivy League bests. She could be an NCAA Championship scorer." - Coach Tolbert

Livia Gauntlett | Bath, U.K. | Kingswood School
100H - 14.09

"Livia ran some very promising hurdle times as a youth and continued her development this past season as the hurdle heights increased to international standards. She has demonstrated the ability to be part of formidable hurdle contingent here at Harvard." - Coach Tolbert

Zoe Hughes | Hornchurch, U.K. | King's College School
Heptathlon – 4971
Long Jump - 19'2.5"
High Jump - 5'7"
400H - 61.20

"Zoe has represented the UK in international competition at the World Youth Championships but is still a raw heptathlete. We just graduated two of the best multi-eventers in Ivy League history so this is an important addition for us. Zoe is a hard working heptathlete - it will be fun to work with her and see her improve over these next few years. She could be a NCAA level heptathlete" - Coach Tolbert  

Karina Joiner | Woodbury, Minn. | East Ridge
100H - 13.94
300H - 42.45
400H - 62.03

"Karina is a state champion and state record-holder in the 100H and holds school records in the sprints as well. We believe her competitive spirit, tenacity and diversity will allow her to be an immediate contributor to our program." - Coach Tolbert

Micah Meekins | Woodstock, Md. | Marriottsville Ridge
200m - 24.36
300m (i) - 39.83
400m - 55.63

"Micah won Maryland 2A state titles at both 200m and 400m. We believe Micah has a lot of upside and can help us in a variety of events, including both NCAA level relays. She has the size and can develop the strength and power to be very good national level sprinter." -Coach Tolbert

Gillian Meeks | Palo Alto, Calif. | Gunn
1600m - 4:50.44
3000m - 9:50.30
Cross Country - California Division 3 State Champion; Nike Cross Nationals Individual Qualifier

"Gillian had a breakout spring ending her high school career with an impressive fourth-place finish in the 1600m at the California State Meet. She has awesome range and will be a consistent presence in cross country and track." - Coach Wales-Dinan

Maya Miklos | Palo Alto, Calif. | Gunn
400H - 60.62
400m - 54.81
300H - 42.54

"Maya is one of the top long hurdlers in the country. She qualified for the very competitive California state meet in a both the long hurdles and 400m in the last few years. She has a lot of untapped ability and can help us on our national-level 4x400 team as well as in the hurdles. - Coach Tolbert

Judy Pendergast | Naperville, Ill. | Naperville North
1600m - 4:49.30
3200m - 10:07.18
Cross Country - Fourth place Footlocker National Championships; Eighth place Nike Cross Nationals

"Judy had a phenomenal senior year emerging as a national presence in cross country and track. She has a great attitude and excitement for hard work. I can't wait to see what she does collegiately." - Coach Wales-Dinan

Eliza Rego | Warren, R.I. | La Salle Academy
800m - 2:12.10
1500m - 4:29.96
3200m - 10:28.45

"Eliza has been part of a lot of victories throughout her high school career. Whether it be individually or on relay teams she knows what it takes to cross the line first. That level of competitiveness should translate very well to the college and especially Heps environment!" - Coach Wales-Dinan

Brooke Starn | Danville, Calif. | Monte Vista
Mile - 4:49.12
3200m - 10:19.97
Cross Country - California Division 1 State Runner-Up; Nike Cross Nationals Individual Qualifier

"Brooke has developed into a fantastic all-around runner. Early in her career she was a great track runner but has really established herself as a cross country power, and has had tremendous success at the 3200m distance. I am excited for her to contribute right away." - Coach Wales-Dinan

Lisa Tertsch | Darmstadt, Germany | ASC Darmstadt
3000m - 9:39.77
5000m - 16:39.18
2000m Steeplechase - 6:59.13

"Lisa brings incredible diversity to Harvard's program. She is very new to running and primarily has a background in triathlon. Her focus and commitment are unrivaled and we are thrilled to watch her develop into a fantastic collegiate runner." - Coach Wales-Dinan