Harvard track and field will send select student-athletes to the IC4A/ECAC Track and Field Championships this weekend in Princeton, N.J.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Several standout Harvard track and field student-athletes will head to Princeton's Weaver Track & Field Stadium for the IC4A/ECAC Track and Field Championships beginning Saturday (May 12) and concluding on Sunday. All athletes attending the meet had to qualify, surpassing the specific event standard during the outdoor season. Representing the men's team will be Jovahn Williamson, Matt Hurst, Rodney Agyare-May, Michael Kolor, Matthew Perreira, Louis Colson, Jay Hebert, Taylor Brunksole, Myles Marshall, Erick Duffy, and Ian West. The Harvard women's team will send Olivia Okoli, Kathryn Gillespie, Abbe Goldstein, Gillian Meeks, Fiona Davis and Anna Juul to the meet.
Last Time Out
After several impressive, record-breaking performances at the Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championships in Philadelphia, fifteen (15) Harvard track and field athletes earned All-Ivy League honors by finishing among the top two in their respective events. The women's team placed second overall, while the men's team took sixth place.
Five Harvard student-athletes earned multiple All-Ivy honors, with junior sprinter Gabby Thomas at the top of the list with five Outdoor Heps titles (long jump, 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay). Thomas was named Most Outstanding Track Performer of the Meet honors, while sharing Most Outstanding Field Performer of the Meet honors with sophomore Simi Fajemisin.
Sophomore Karina Joiner earned four All-Ivy laurels as a part of Harvard's two winning relay squads and finishing second in both the 100m and 400m hurdles.
Freshman Olivia Okoli was also part of Harvard's two winning relay teams on the women's side. For the men, freshman Jovahn Williamson set a new Harvard record, winning the 400m (47.03), while also winning a Heps title in the 4x400m relay. Matt Hurst was also part of the winning 4x400m relay team, while placing second with a new personal record in the 400m (47.33).
FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY
Simi Fajemisin (triple jump)
Karina Joiner (4x100m relay, 4x400m relay)
Maya Miklos (4x400m relay)
Ngozi Musa (4x100m relay)
Olivia Okoli (4x100m relay, 4x400m relay)
Gabby Thomas (long jump, 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay)
FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY
Rodney Agyare-May (4x400m relay)
Andrew Connolly (javelin)
Matt Hurst (4x400m relay)
Myles Marshall (4x400m relay)
Jovahn Williamson (400m, 4x400m relay)
SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY
Erick Duffy (pole vault)
Matt Hurst (400m)
Outdoor Heps Highlights
Thomas Named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week
Junior sprinter Gabby Thomas was honored as the USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week after her incredible weekend at the 2018 Ivy Outdoor Heptagonal Championships in Philadelphia.
Thomas won five Outdoor Heps titles and 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.
On Saturday, Thomas won the women's long jump, setting a new program record by reaching 21-8¼ on her final jump of the afternoon. For her efforts she was named Ivy Outdoor Heps Most Outstanding Track Performer and Most Outstanding Field Performer of the Meet.
This marks the first time that a Harvard athlete has earned USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week honors since 2016.
In The Rankings
The Harvard women's team is the top ranked Ivy League team in the USTFCCCA rankings index (No. 24), and is the No. 2 team in the Northeast Regional rankings, with several impressive individual marks this season.
Gabby Thomas has the nation's top 200m time (22.32), recorded at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational. She also has the region's top 100m time (11.04), which is the seventh-fastest time in the nation. Her Outdoor Heps-winning long jump mark (21-8¼) is best in the Northeast and sixth in the nation. Simi Fajemisin has the region's best triple jump mark (42-10¾), which is 22nd in the country, as well as the fourth best long jump mark in the region (20-1/4). Karina Joiner has the Northeast's second best time in the 400m hurdles (58.86) and third-best in the 100m hurdles (13.38). In the 5000m, Abbe Goldstein's 16:31.26 at the Raleigh Relays is seventh best in the Northeast, while Marlena Sabatino's 12-4½ mark in the pole vault last weekend at the Kansas Relays is also seventh-best in the region. Harvard's 4x400m relay team from Outdoor Heps – Maya Miklos, Olivia Okoli, Karina Joiner, and Gabby Thomas – has the best time in the region (3:36.35).
The Harvard men are the second-best Ivy team in the Northeast region (No. 8), highlighted by a school record-setting 4x400m relay performance at the Texas Relays from Rodney Agyare-May, Myles Marshall, Jovahn Williamson, and Matt Hurst – 3:08.57 – is the top time in the region. Williamson recorded his collegiate best in the 400m (47.03), a new Harvard record at Outdoor Heps, which is third fastest in the Northeast. Myles Marshall ran his best 800m time of the season and has the third best mark (1:49.24) in the region. Will Battershill has the region's third-fastest time in the 3000m steeplechase (8:59.44) while Erick Duffy is second in the region in the pole vault (17-3).
Thomas, Marshall Indoor All-Americans
Both Gabby Thomas (200m, 60m) and Myles Marshall (800m) earned USTFCCCA All-America recognition. Thomas became the first Ivy League sprinter to earn back-to-back First Team All-America honors after her national title in the 200m. She also earned Second Team All-American honors for her 12th place finish in the 60-meter dash. Marshall also placed 12th to earn Second Team All-America honors in the 800m.
Tolbert Named USTFCCCA Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year
Associate head coach Kebba Tolbert was named USTFCCCA Women's Assistant Coach of the Year for the Northeast Region, the organization announced this week. Tolbert earned this honor for the second year in a row and a third time in the last four seasons. Tolbert guides women's sprints, hurdles, and horizontal jumps at Harvard. His athletes were responsible for 78 of Harvard's 105 points at the Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships, including Heps titles in the 60m (Gabby Thomas), 200m (Gabby Thomas), triple jump (Simi Fajemisin), and 4x400m relay.
Under Tolbert's guidance, Thomas set a new Ivy League, meet, and school record in the 60-meter dash (7.25) at Indoor Heps, and Fajemisin recorded a new program mark in the triple jump (43'.25"), also at Indoor Heps
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 39 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 50 NCAA qualifiers, 136 NCAA regional qualifiers, coached to nine individual ECAC/IC4A titles with 119 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.
Harvard will be off next weekend before sending qualified student-athletes to the NCAA East Preliminary Meet in Tampa, Fla. on May 24-26.