Saretsky Named Women's Coach of the Year: Harvard Earns 15 All-Ivy Selections

Saretsky Named Women's Coach of the Year: Harvard Earns 15 All-Ivy Selections

Harvard's winning 4x400m relay team was part of a historic weekend for the women's track and field team at Ivy Indoor Heps. (The Ivy League/Sideline Photos)

After claiming a historic fifth straight Ivy League Heptagonal Championship, Jason Saretsky, the William W. 'Bill' McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country, was named Ivy League Coach of the Year on the women's side. This marks the third straight year that Saretsky has netted coach of the year honors from the Ivy League.

In addition, Harvard track and field had 15 selections to All-Ivy League teams, with several student-athletes earning multiple all-conference honors. All-Ivy selections are based on results from Indoor Heps, with all first-place finishers (including ties and relays) earning first-team All-Ivy, and all second-place finishers (including ties and relays) earning second-team All-Ivy.

Harvard recorded top two finishes in 14 different events.

Sophomore Gabby Thomas earned All-Ivy first team honors for her two record-breaking wins, setting new school and Ivy records in the 60m dash (7.29) and 200m dash (22.88). Freshman Judy Pendergast earned All-Ivy first team honors for her win in the 5000m (16:07.26), becoming Harvard's first indoor Heps champion in the event since 2006. Pendergast was named to the All-Ivy second team for placing second in the 3000m.

Freshman Simi Fajemisin also took home two all-league awards, placing second in both the long jump (6.09m) and triple jump (12.96m), breaking both school records in the process.

Other first team honorees on the women's side included Harvard's winning 4x400-meter relay team as Zoe Hughes, Gabby Thomas, Jade Miller, and Karina Joiner combined for a 3:42.02 showing, over four seconds ahead of second-place Cornell. Senior Nikki Okwelogu won her fourth straight Ivy Heps title with a 16.52m effort, nearly two meters better than the field. Freshman Zoe Hughes became Harvard's first Heps champion in the women's pentathlon since 2009 (Shannon Flahive), recording the second most points in school history (4,093).

On the men's side, sophomore Myles Marshall earned All-Ivy first team honors after winning his first individual Heps title in the 800M run, finishing in 1:48.98, the third fastest time in school history (Marshall has the first, second, and third fastest times in school history). Senior captain Efe Uwaifo was an All-Ivy first team selection for his win in the triple jump, his third straight indoor Heps title in the event. Freshman Anthony DeNitto also earned All-Ivy first team honors for his long jump victory (7.37m) the best by a Harvard long jumper in 32 years, and Harvard's individual Heps title in the event since James Johnson in 1982.

By nature of having a nationally-ranked top-16 mark – Zoe Hughes (pentathlon), Nikki Okwelogu (shotput), Judy Pendergast (5000m), and Gabby Thomas (200m) will compete at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships

First Team All-Ivy - Women
Gabby Thomas – 60m
Gabby Thomas – 200m
Judy Pendergast – 5000m
Zoe HughesGabby ThomasJade Miller, and Karina Joiner - 4x400m Relay
Nikki Okwelogu – Shotput
Zoe Hughes - Pentathlon

Second Team All-Ivy - Women
Ngozi Musa – 60m
Jade Miller – 400m
Judy Pendergast – 3000m
Simi Fajemisin – Long Jump
Simi Fajemisin – Triple Jump

First Team All-Ivy - Men
Myles Marshall – 800m
Anthony DeNitto – Long Jump
Efe Uwaifo – Triple Jump

Second Team All-Ivy - Men
Jay Hebert – 60m Hurdles