Track and Field Sends Group to ECAC/IC4A Championships at Princeton

Track and Field Sends Group to ECAC/IC4A Championships at Princeton

Harvard track and field will send select student-athletes to the ECAC/IC4A Track and Field Championships this weekend in Princeton, N.J.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard track and field will head to Princeton's Weaver Track & Field Stadium for the ECAC/IC4A Track and Field Championships beginning on Friday (May 12). Seven members of the men's team will compete in IC4A competition – Will Battershill, Andrew Roney, Julian Nunally, Jay Hebert, Myles Marshall, Jonas Aranda, and Donagh Mahon. Nicole TrenchardElianna Shwayder, and Fiona Davis will represent the women's team in ECAC competition.

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The Harvard women's team captured its fourth consecutive Ivy Outdoor Heps title at Yale last weekend to complete a season sweep of track and field and cross country laurels, the first time in program history that Harvard has earned the "triple crown."

The Harvard men's team had its best showing at Outdoor Heps since 2014, finishing fourth overall with 85 points, narrowly missing a spot in the top three by one point.

This marks the second time in the last three seasons that Jason Saretsky has earned Ivy League Coach of the Year honors on the women's side. Harvard clinched its fourth straight Outdoor Heps title on Sunday, totaling 164 points to run away with the team victory.

In addition, seventeen (17) Harvard track and field athletes earned All-Ivy League honors by finishing among the top two in their respective events at the Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championships.

On the first team for the women were Gabby Thomas (100m, 200m, Long Jump, 4x100m Relay, 4x400m Relay), Jade Miller (400m Hurdles, 4x100m Relay, 4x400m Relay), Karina Joiner '20 (4x100m Relay, 4x400m Relay), Maya Miklos (4x400m Relay), Nikki Okwelogu (Shot Put), Zoe Hughes (Heptathlon), Raegan Nizdil (High Jump), and Simi Fajemisin (Triple Jump).

For the men's team, Brett Henderson (Javelin), Myles Marshall (800m), and Efe Uwaifo (Long Jump, Triple Jump) earned First Team All-Ivy honors.

As we approach the end of the regular season, Harvard track and field has several individuals in position to qualify for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Championships, held in Lexington, Kentucky. 

On the men's side, sophomore Myles Marshall has the 13th fastest time in the 800-meter run at 1:47.79, which he recorded at the Cardinal Classic on April 21. Senior Efe Uwaifo, the Outdoor Heps Most Outstanding Field Performer of the Meet, had two monster efforts in the long jump (25'9.25", 6th NCAA East) and triple jump (53'1", 3rd NCAA East) and is in prime position for the Kentucky trip. Senior Brett Henderson, ranked 18th in the region with his Heps-winning effort of 223'6" in the javelin, will await results this weekend to see if his mark qualifies. 

For the Harvard women, seven individuals currently hold qualifying marks in eight different events, while the 4x100-meter relay team (Ngozi Musa, Gabby Thomas, Karina Joiner, Jade Miller – 19th, 44.42) and 4x400-meter relay team (Zoe HughesGabby ThomasKarina JoinerJade Miller - 27th, 3.37.73) are also in the mix. Thomas has the No. 3 time in the region in the 200-meter dash (22.60), and the No. 6 time in the 100-meter dash (11.15), winning the event at Outdoor Heps. In the same event, Musa ran 11.33 at Outdoor Heps to finish second in the event and have the 11th-fastest qualifying time. Thomas is also in line to qualify in the long jump (20'7") after her effort at the Cardinal Classic put her 23rd in the region.

Senior Jade Miller holds the No. 5 time in the 400-meter hurdles (56.41). Freshman Simi Fajemisin is currently No. 27 with a triple jump effort of 41'11.25" at the Florida Relays. In the discus, senior Nikki Okwelogu is 16th in the East with a 176'6" mark, and in the shotput she is 14th with her throw of 53'11.75" at Outdoor Heps. Freshman Zoe Hughes is also on track to be a qualifier after her impressive showing a month ago in California, ranking sixth in the region in the heptathlon with 5444 points collected. Freshman Lisa Tertsch ranks 25th in the region in the 3000m steeplechase (10:22.76).

Gabby Thomas' 22.60 mark in the 200-meter dash at the Florida Relays on March 31 matches Veronica Campbell-Brown (Jamaica) and Felicia Brown for the 11th fastest time in the world in the event so far in 2017, according to the IAAF.


1: Harvard's women's team finished the indoor season as the top-ranked program in the Northeast region.
3: Three Harvard student-athletes earned All-America recognition during the indoor season - Gabby Thomas (200m, 1st Team), Zoe Hughes (pentathlon, 2nd Team) and Nikki Okwelogu (shot put, 2nd Team).
3: Senior captain Efe Uwaifo captured his third straight Ivy Indoor Heps title in the triple jump, sealing the win on his final jump of the day (15.82m).
4: By nature of having a nationally-ranked top-16 mark – Zoe Hughes (pentathlon), Nikki Okwelogu (shotput), Judy Pendergast (5000m), and Gabby Thomas (200m) competed at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. The four qualifiers are the most that Harvard had at NCAA Indoors.
5: Harvard's women's team won its fifth-consecutive Ivy League Indoor Championship and seventh in program history.
6: Six Harvard records fell during the 2016-17 indoor campaign – sophomore Gabby Thomas new school marks in the 60m (7.29s) and 200m (22.88) at Indoor Heps, freshman Simi Fajemisin broke school records in the long jump (6.09m) and triple jump (12.96m) at Indoor Heps, and Myles Marshall owns the school record in the 800m run (1:48.17). The men's 4x400 meter relay team of James HeckendornMyles MarshallMatt Hurst, and Alexander Moore set a new school record at the IC4A Championships, placing first in the preliminary round with a time of 3:10.84.
10: Judy Pendergast owned the 10th-fastest time nationally in the 5,000 meters at 15:52.64.
16: During the indoor season, Nikki Okwelogu's toss in the shot put at the H-Y-P meet traveled 55-3 (16.84 meters), and the mark was the best in the Ivy League by nearly six feet.
32: Freshman Anthony DeNitto captured the Ivy Indoor Heps title with a monster third jump of the competition, shattering his own personal mark (7.00m) with a 7:37m jump. DeNitto's jump was the best by a Harvard long jumper in 32 years, and gave Harvard its first individual Heps title in the event since James Johnson in 1982.

Fresh off another strong indoor campaign, the Harvard women's track and field team was ranked No. 14 in the USTFCCCA Outdoor Track & Field Preseason Rankings. At No. 14, Harvard has the highest preseason ranking in program history. Last season, Harvard debuted at No. 37 in the USTFCCCA Preseason Rankings, and reached No. 10 on April 25, 2016, the highest ranking in program history.

The Harvard women's team had been previously ranked by the USTFCCCA as No. 22 in the Terry Crawford Program of the Year standings. Harvard finished the indoor season as the No. 1 ranked program in the Northeast region and is currently ranked No. 1 in the Northeast outdoor rankings.

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Seniors Julian NunallyAndrew Roney, and Efe Uwaifo were elected captains for the 2016-17 season on the men's side, while the women's squad will be led by seniors Madeleine Ankhelyi and Raegan Nizdil. Roney is in his second year as captain while the remaining selections are in their first season as captains of the Harvard track and field team.

Jason Saretsky is in his 11th season as the William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field Cross Country, and during his tenure the Crimson women have tallied three indoor Ivy League Championships. Saretsky's tenure has seen 32 All-America performances, 44 NCAA qualifiers and 108 Heptagonal champions during the indoor season.

Harvard will send qualified student-athletes to compete at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round on May 12-14 at the University of Kentucky.