Junior sprinter Gabby Thomas had the fastest time in the 200 meters and will compete for a national championship on Saturday. (Rick Morgan)
EUGENE, Ore. – For the second consecutive year, junior Gabby Thomas qualified for the final of the 200 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, running the fastest time of the day (22.36w) in the opening heat of her signature event. Thomas, the 200m indoor national champion, is seeking to become the first women's sprinter to win both 200m indoor and outdoor national titles since 2013 (Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU).
Running in lane four in the opening heat of the 200m, Thomas surged to the lead in the final 75 meters of the race, edging Anglerne Annelus of USC for the win. Thomas will race again on Saturday in the 200m final, seeking to become Harvard's first outdoor national champion since 2001, when Dora Gyorffy '01 (high jump) and Brenda N. Taylor '01 (400m hurdles) both took home individual titles.
Earlier in the day, Thomas raced in the 100 meters, finishing sixth in the first heat of the day in 11.26 and 14th overall to earn USTFCCCA Second Team All-America honors.
Thomas will race in the 200m final on Saturday at 8:07 pm ET. The race will air on ESPN. Sophomore Simi Fajemisin (triple jump) will also compete on Saturday with the event kicking off at 6:40 pm ET.