Harvard track and field will send 13 student-athletes to the NCAA East Preliminary Meet hosted by the University of South Florida.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Thirteen members of the Harvard track and field team will represent the Crimson at the NCAA East Preliminary Meet on May 24-26 hosted by the University of South Florida in Tampa at USF Track & Field Stadium.
The Harvard women's team will send Gabby Thomas (100m, 200m), Kathryn Gillespie (1500m), Abbe Goldstein (1500m, 5000m), Anna Juul (3000m steeplechase), Karina Joiner (100m hurdles, 400m hurdles), and Simi Fajemisin (long jump, triple jump)
Representing the men's team will be Jovahn Williamson (400m, 4x400m relay), Will Battershill (3000m steeplechase), Hugo Milner (5000m), Erick Duffy (pole vault), Matt Hurst (4x400m relay), Rodney Agyare-May (4x400m relay), and Myles Marshall (4x400m relay).
Student-athletes that place in the top-12 of their respective events at the East Preliminary will qualify for the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon (June 6-9). The top-12 finishing individuals and relay teams from the West region will join the East qualifiers to compete at Hayward Field.
Last Time Out
Several standout Harvard track and field student-athletes travelled to Princeton's Weaver Track & Field Stadium for the IC4A/ECAC Track and Field Championships on May 11-12.
In the women's 1500m run on Saturday, both freshman Abbe Goldstein (third), and junior Kathryn Gillespie (5th) picked up points for the Crimson. Goldstein recorded her best 1500m time of the season, placing third in 4:23.31, while Gillespie was just behind in fifth, finishing in 4:24.75.
On the men's side, freshman Matthew Perriera earned a point for the Crimson by placing eighth in the 5000m, finishing in 14:47.29.
Sophomore Gillian Meeks also earned points for Harvard in the women's 10k, placing fifth overall in 36:11.20.
In the men's 110m hurdles, senior Jay Hebert placed fifth in the final, capping off his collegiate career with a 14.47, after qualifying with a 14.33 mark, near his season best.
In the 400m hurdles, also on Sunday, junior Taylor Brunksole neared his season best in the event, placing eighth in 54.22.
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.
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.
Student-athletes that place in the top-12 of their respective events at the East Preliminary will qualify for the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon (June 6-9).