Women's Track and Field No. 22 in USTFCCCA Program of the Year Standings; Three Earn All-America Honors

Women's Track and Field No. 22 in USTFCCCA Program of the Year Standings; Three Earn All-America Honors

Harvard is ranked among the top women's cross-country/track and field programs in the nation.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's track and field team was recognized by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) today. After a standout indoor season, three student-athletes were formally honored as USTFCCCA All-Americans, and the women's program was listed among the Top 25 for the NCAA Division I Program of the Year Award.

The Harvard women's team is ranked No. 22 in the Terry Crawford Program of the Year standings after placing 26th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, and 56th at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Sophomore sprinter Gabby Thomas earned USTFCCCA First Team All-America honors in the 200-meter dash, following an All-America campaign in the same event during the 2016 outdoor season. Thomas placed eighth at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend, the first Ivy Leaguer to reach an NCAA indoor sprint final. In the fourth and final heat of preliminaries, needing to break 23 seconds to qualify for the final, Thomas notched her second best mark in the event, finishing just .01 seconds off her PR in 22.89.Thomas was in a class by herself in Ivy League competition this season. A first team All-Ivy selection, Thomas broke her own school and Ivy records in both the 60m dash (7.29) and 200m dash (22.88) at the Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships.

Freshman Zoe Hughes (pentathlon) and senior Nikki Okwelogu (shot put) earned USTFCCCA Second Team All-America recognition. Okwelogu finished 11th at the NCAA meet, and is Harvard's first three-time indoor All-American in program history. Okwelogu clinched her fourth straight Ivy Indoor Heps title in the shotput, winning the event with a throw of 16.52 meters.

One of three freshmen competing in the pentathlon at the NCAA meet, Hughes recorded the third best mark (4089 points) in school history and set personal marks in the shotput (12.73m, 3rd) and 800-meter run (2:19.81) to place 10th overall. A first team All-Ivy and USTFCCCA Northeast Region Field Athlete of the Year selection, Hughes became Harvard's first Ivy Indoor Heps champion in the women's pentathlon since 2009 (Shannon Flahive), recording the second most points in school and Ivy League history (4,093) behind All-American Martina Salandar (4,209).