Gabby Thomas Leads Track and Field on Final Day of Outdoor Heps

Day 1 Recap

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. –
Junior captain Gabby Thomas capped off a second straight Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championships with five titles, including wins in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay to lead Harvard track and field on Sunday at Franklin Field.

The Harvard women's team placed second overall with 114 points, while the men's team notched 60 points for sixth place overall. Thomas was named the Most Outstanding Track Performer of the Meet, while also sharing Most Outstanding Field Performer of the Meet honors with Simi Fajemisin and Ashley Anumba (Penn).

Harvard earned a combined nine event titles at Outdoor Heps, including six individual titles, and three relay championships.

On Sunday, Thomas was again the star of the show, winning the 100m (11.27), setting a new meet record with her win the 200m (22.76), and winning the 4x100m relay (45.16) along with teammates Ngozi Musa, Karina Joiner, and Olivia Okoli before an incredible showing in the 4x400m relay.

Trailing by nearly 30 meters before the start of her anchor leg, Thomas ran a 49.44 final leg to edge Columbia at the finish line for a 3:36.35 final time. She teamed with Maya Miklos, Okoli, and Joiner for the win.

Simi Fajemisin won the triple jump, marking her third straight Heps title in the event. Her winning effort was 42-8 on her second to last jump of the day.

On the men's side, freshman Jovahn Williamson capped of an outstanding debut at Outdoor Heps by winning the 400m with a school-record 47.03 mark before helping the 4x400m relay team to a meet record 3:09.52 winning time. Rodney Agyare-May, Myles Marshall, Williamson, and Matt Hurst teamed for the win. Hurst (47.33) and Agyare-May (47.57) also placed second and fourth in the 400m.

In the women's 1500m, junior Kathryn Gillespie took second place (4:22.68) in a closely contested final. Senior captain Jay Hebert took fourth place in the 110m hurdles in 14.25.

Karina Joiner set a new Harvard record in the 100m hurdles, placing second in 13.38. Livia Gauntlett also earned points for the Crimson placing fourth (14.25). In the 400m hurdles, Joiner and Maya Miklos placed second (58.86) and third (59.85), both setting personal records.

Freshman Hugo Milner had the top finish of any first-year competitor in the men's 5000m, placing sixth overall in 14:21.78

What's Next
Harvard will send qualified student-athletes to the IC4A/ECAC Championships, hosted by Princeton on May 11-13.