Battershill, Pendergast, Tertsch Qualify For Junior National Teams

Battershill, Pendergast, Tertsch Qualify For Junior National Teams

(L to R) Rising sophomores Will Battershill (3000m steeplechase, United Kingdom), Judy Pendergast (3000m, USA) and Lisa Tertsch (3000m steeplechase, Germany) earned spots on their respective junior national teams this summer.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Several current and former Harvard track and field student-athletes were in action this past weekend at the USA Track and Field Junior and Senior Outdoor Championships held at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, Calif.

Competing in adverse conditions, with temperatures reaching 100 degrees, Harvard rising sophomores Judy Pendergast (3000m) and Eliza Rego (3000m steeplechase) acquitted themselves well in the junior competition.

Pendergast led the way, placing second in the 3000m run (9:49.97), to qualify for the Pan American Junior Championships in Lima, Peru later this summer (July 21-23). Competing in the 3000m steeplechase for the first time, Rego finished in eighth place (11:05.58).

In senior competition, Jade Miller (400m hurdles), Autumne Franklin (400m hurdles) and Paige Kouba (3000m steeplechase) were all in action. Miller (14th) and Franklin (12th) advanced to the semifinals of the 400m hurdles, while Kouba took 23rd in the 3000m steeplechase.

In addition, rising sophomores Will Battershill (United Kingdom) and Lisa Tertsch (Germany) were selected for their respective junior national teams and will compete at the European U20 Championships to be held in Grosseto, Italy next month (July 20-23).

Fresh off a standout first season at Harvard, Battershill, a native of Devon, U.K., will run the 3000m steeplechase in Italy. He qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary meet in the same event after a podium finish at the Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championships (5th).

Tertsch, a native of Darmstadt, Germany, will also run the 3000m steeplechase in Grosseto. She met the qualifying standard both times she competed in the event this past spring for Harvard, recording her best time (10:22.76) at the Stanford Cardinal Classic in April.