CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard will send six student-athletes to compete at the IC4A/ECAC Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships held at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center. Erick Duffy (pole vault), Jay Hebert (60m hurdles), Matt Hurst (400m), Michael Kolor (800m), and Ian West (pole vault) will represent the men's team at the IC4A meet, while Kathryn Gillespie (1000m) will represent the women's team at the ECAC meet.
Harvard Earns 11 All-Ivy Selections at Heps
After another strong showing at the Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championship, Harvard track and field had 11 selections to All-Ivy League teams, including four relay teams earning 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.
Second Team All-Ivy - Men
Matt Hurst, Rodney Agyare-May, Jovan Williamson, Charles Lego – 4x400m Relay
By The Numbers
2: At the BU Bruce Lehane Scarlet and White Invitational, the Harvard women's 4x400 relay team - Zoe Hughes (55.9), Gabby Thomas (52.2), Karina Joiner (55.0), and Maya Miklos (54.6) - recorded the second fastest indoor time in the event in program history, winning in 3:37.70. This was the fourth fastest time in Ivy League history as well.
7.25: Junior captain Gabby Thomas set a new Ivy League, Ivy Indoor Heps, and Harvard record in the 60 meter dash in a preliminary heat at Heps, finishing in 7.25. Her mark is also a New England Collegiate record.
7.96: At the Crimson Elite meet, senior captain Jay Hebert recorded a new personal mark in the 60m hurdles in a strong field, placing sixth in the final with a 7.96 finish, the second fastest finish in the event in program history.
43'.25": Sophomore Simi Fajemisin set a new program record in the triple jump, breaking her own mark with a 43'.25" effort on her second to last jump at Ivy Indoor Heps to win the event.
1:47.74: Junior captain Myles Marshall is seventh on the NCAA Indoor Qualifying list in the 800 meters, having set a new school record with his 1:47.74 mark at the BU Bruce Lehane Scarlet and White Invitational.
Harvard will send two NCAA qualifiers in three events to the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships, held on March 9-10 in College Station, Texas. Junior sprinter and captain Gabby Thomas had qualifying marks in the 60m (7.25, 15th) and 200m (22.91, 7th), and junior captain Myles Marshall qualified in the 800m (1:47.74, 10th).
In The Rankings
Both the men's and women's programs are ranked among the top teams in the latest USTFCCCA Northeast Regional Rankings, released on Feb. 19. The women's team is second in the latest rankings, while the men's team is 11th.
On the women's side, Gabby Thomas has the top time in the Northeast in the 60m dash (7.25), and 200m (22.91), while Hughes, Thomas, Joiner, and Miklos have the top 4x400m relay time (3:37.70). Sophomore Simi Fajemisin is the region's top triple jumper (12.70m, 41'8") so far this season. Hughes also is second in the Northeast with a season-best 3,973 points (Ivy Indoor Heps) in the pentathlon.
For the men, Marshall has the region's top 800-meter time (1:47.74). The men's 4x400-meter relay team of Matt Hurst, Myles Marshall, Jovahn Williamson, and Rodney Agyare-May has the second fastest time (3:12.35).
Top Of The Podium
Senior Marlena Sabatino, junior Myles Marshall, junior Gabby Thomas, and senior Jay Hebert will serve as captains this season.
At the Helm:
Jason Saretsky begins his 12th season at the helm of men's and women's track and field and cross country programs at Harvard in 2017-18. Saretsky's position, The William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country, became the 17th endowed coaching position at Harvard in the spring of 2013. Saretsky is just the 10th person to serve as head coach of the track and field program since Harvard began formal competition in 1874.
During Saretsky's tenure with the Crimson, Harvard has had 37 All-America performances, including eight in the 2016-17 season alone. The 2017 Ivy League Women's Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year, Saretsky has also mentored 48 NCAA qualifiers, 136 NCAA regional qualifiers, coached to nine individual ECAC/IC4A titles with 112 Heptagonal champions, and countless school records have fallen with more than 250 marks added to the program's top-10 list. For the first time in program history and the second time in Ivy League history, the Harvard women's team completed the triple crown in 2016-17 - winning cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field Ivy League Heptagonal championships.
Gabby Thomas and Myles Marshall will represent Harvard at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships next weekend (March 9-10) at Texas A&M.