CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Jason Saretsky, The William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track & Field/Cross Country, announced 26 new members in the track and field and cross country class of 2022. The group joins Harvard from 12 states and five countries.
"I'm so excited for our incoming recruiting class to arrive on campus as we have another stellar class that will make immediate contributions to both our men's and women's teams. I'm impressed by the quality recruits our coaching staff was able to add to our program and we continue our commitment to having a complete team," said Saretsky. "We once again are bringing in high school national champions and individuals who have represented their countries in international competitions and I'm confident they will add to our storied history of success. It will be great to have all of these student-athletes be a part of our program for the next four years."
Last season, the Harvard women's team finished second at both the indoor and outdoor Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. In men's cross country, Hugo Milner returns as the highest-finishing freshman at Heps, where he became the Crimson's first All-Ivy runner since 2014. Harvard returns numerous Ivy League champions from the track and field season as junior Simi Fajemisin won the triple jump with a Harvard-record 43'.25", while seniors Myles Marshall (1:52.19) and Katheryn Gillespie (2:09.77) won the 800m. Senior captain Gabby Thomas was named one of 10 semifinalists for The Bowerman, collegiate track and field's highest honor.
Swindon, United Kingdom
Pate's Grammar School
800m - 1:50.42
"We are excited for Will to arrive at Harvard as he has had a brilliant career thus far including some international experience competing for GB. Will is a two-time medalist over 800m at the English Schools finishing in the bronze position and as the runner-up. He should be able to make an immediate impact on our defending Indoor Heps Championship 4x8 relay and could develop into an individual scorer as a freshman or sophomore." –Coach Saretsky
110m Hurdles (91.4cm) 13.85, 110m Hurdles (99.0cm) 14.14
"Tre is a great athlete who is going to add some depth to our short hurdles group this year." – Coach Mangiacotti
Mile (i) - 4:17.55, 3200m - 9:11.29
"Luke comes out of a typically under-developed state with impressive high school marks. It will be exciting to watch him improve when he gets the opportunity to train with other talented individuals." -Coach Gibby
Northern Guilford HS
1600m: 4:19.13, 3200m: 9:11.50 20th@Footlocker Nationals
"Looking forward to having David as part of our cross-country program this Fall. After watching him run in North Carolina for three years, I think David can score at 5000m and 10000m. With his high school cross-country credentials, we believe he can contribute to our varsity quickly." -Coach Gibby
800m - 1:51.67
"Riley is a fierce competitor and we are excited to add him to our middle-distance squad. He was third at the New Balance Outdoor Championship in the 800m as a junior and was the Maryland State Champion in the 800 his junior and senior year. I'm looking forward to working with him and excited for what he'll bring to our group."
800m - 1:51.72, 1500m - 3:45.56, 3000m - 8:21.33
"George has fantastic range and should make an immediate impact on our program. He has international experience having competed at the World Junior Championships as well as the European Juniors. He is going to be a great addition to our middle-distance group."
Javelin - 195'3", Long Jump - 22'10.25", Shot Put 46'8", Triple Jump 45'5.75"
"I'm really looking forward to having John on our team next year. He has an amazing amount of untapped potential. He's an extremely strong athlete and elastic with a very bright future as a decathlete. He will be an immediate factor on multiple levels."
"Caleb is another distance runner that has performed well with little resources in the way of competition and training partners. There are not many runners out of his section to have run faster than his 9:19." -Coach Gibby
Shepparton, Victoria (Australia)
Wanganui Park Secondary College
Triple Jump - 50'4.5"/15.36m, Long Jump - 23''3.75"/7.11m
"We are extremely excited to add Kyle's dual horizontal jump threat to the squad." – Coach Mangiacotti
Discus (1.6k)- 212' 0", (2 k)-184' 4", Shot put (12lb) 59' 1"
"Sam is prepared to be an impact thrower for Harvard. 2018 National Discus Champion NBN. New England Record Holder in discus. He is excited to adjust to the collegiate 2k and reached a 184'4" during his summer meets." – Coach Wilson
Fayetteville High School
Discus - 166' 11", Shot Put - 56' 1.75"
"Blake comes to us after a two-year mission in Guatemala. He is eager to begin training hard and throwing with his teammates." – Coach Wilson
The Woodlands, TX
The John Cooper School
Triple Jump - 38'5.5"
"Obie set school records in the jumps and relays in high school while earning MVP status for her team. She was also a varsity basketball player so she brings athleticism and depth to our program." -Coach Tolbert
John Milledge Academy
Indoor: 55m – 6.99, 60m – 7.51, Long Jump – 19'11.5"
Outdoor: 100m – 11.60, 200m – 23.83w, Long Jump – 20'4"
"DaLoria had an outstanding youth and high school career. She has experience and success at high level meets like New Balance Nationals and Jr. Olympics, where she notched All-American honors and won national titles. She is eager to become an NCAA level sprinter and jumper. She'll be a help in several events at the Ivy League and NCAA Championships." -Coach Tolbert
St. Mary's Ryken
Indoor: 55m – 7.06, 60m – 7.74, 300m – 40.88;
Outdoor: 100m – 11.49w/11.61, 200m – 24.16, Long Jump – 18'0.75"
"Kelisa is a raw and talented athlete who set school records in the sprints and jumps at St. Mary's. We are excited to watch her develop technically and believe that she will add depth to a talented sprints, hurdles, and jumps group. She will be part of a large group that could run on our championship contending 4x100 and 4x400 relays." - Coach Tolbert
Averill Park, NY
Averill Park HS
"Alana is one of the most naturally talented pole vaulters that I've seen come through the Northeast high school system. She's the reigning New Balance Outdoor National Champion and Bronze Medalist Indoors. She has tremendous potential and will be making an immediate run at the 14' barrier. I couldn't be more excited to have Alana on our team next year!" - Coach Abbott
Greater Atlanta Christian School
Indoor: 60H - 8.42
Outdoor: 100H - 13.66, 100; 100m - 11.87, 200m - 24.97
"Jada arrives with excellent sprint and hurdle performances, but we believe she has tremendous upside and that she can continue the tradition of great hurdlers we've had over the years. She captained her team to a state title and had earned All-American honors and won several national Jr Olympic titles -- because of this, we believe she can compete at a relatively high level immediately. We envision Jada challenging for Ivy titles and advancing to the NCAA first round as a rookie." -Coach Tolbert
New York, NY
Convent of the Sacred Heart HS
3000m - 10:23.99
"Julia comes from a tiny school in Manhattan with limited access to training and training partners. We think she has the ability to contribute to our varsity as she develops at Harvard." - Coach Gibby
Phillips Academy (MA)
100m - 12.52, 200m - 25.54, High Jump – 5' 2"
"Fredericka helped leader her team to several New England prep school championships as a captain at Andover. She also set school records in the sprints and relays. We think she has the build and mindset to realize her untapped ability in the long sprints and jumps." -Coach Tolbert
Dwight Eisenhower HS
100m - 11.52w/11.73, 200m - 24.20, 400m - 55.4
"Katina, is a versatile sprinter who can make a big impact individually and in relays at Harvard. She swept the short sprints at the Illinois state meet as a junior. She has a deep passion for the sport and a build that could allow her to be an elite sprinter. - Coach Tolbert
Dwight Eisenhower HS
100m - 11.80, 200m - 24.01, 400m - 54.51
"Tina was a double state champion in the 100m and 200m this spring and has demonstrated remarkable range across all three sprints. She has tremendous drive and we expect her to be an immediate contributor at the Ivy League level and will play an important role in our NCAA contending relays." -Coach Tolbert
South Windsor, CT
The Loomis Chaffee School
Shot Put – 44' 3.75"
"Chelsea is looking forward to joining a year-round squad and expand her knowledge of the sport while becoming an Ivy scorer. Chelsea is an eager learner and is excited to attack the hammer throw." – Coach Wilson
Catlin Gabel HS
800m: 2:14.20, 1500m: 4:33.32, 3000m: 9:46.90
"Maya is a multiple time Oregon state champion in the 1500m, 3000m and Cross-Country. A late season injury prevented her from competing at the Brooks PR Invitational but we believe she can come in and contribute immediately in both Cross-Country and Track." -Coach Gibby
Medgar Evers College Prep
TJ - 39'2.25", 55m Hurdles - 8.63
"Codi won the AAU Club Nationals and NYC championships in the triple jump as a junior. She is still relatively new to jumping and should develop into a consistent Ivy scorer and eventual NCAA first round qualifier. Her spirit and attitude will add to a deep and talented jumps group. - Coach Tolbert
Nepean, Ontario (Canada)
Ashbury College High School
200m - 24.46, 400m - 53.62, 400H - 59.59
"Sharelle could be the next in a line of NCAA-elite 400 hurdlers at Harvard. Despite arriving with outstanding credentials, we believe she has a lot of room for growth in her main events. This summer, at the World Jr. Championships in Finland, she anchored the Canadian 4x400m relay to a new national junior record. In 2017, she won a silver medal in the 400m hurdles at the Commonwealth Youth Games. We're excited about helping Sharelle develop." - Coach Tolbert
Jordan "Meimei" Weston
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Glebe Collegiate HS
1500m - 4:29, 3000m - 9:41
"Meimei is an accomplished performer for her high school and has represented Canada internationally. On the track, she has the ability to contribute from the 1500m to the 5000m. We are excited to have her attending Harvard next year." -Coach Gibby
Charles Cogan High School
Long Jump - 18'0", Triple Jump - 40'4"
"Grace won the state VA 6A state title as a senior in the triple jump. We think that she can develop into a consistent Ivy League scorer and make multiple appearances at the NCAA preliminary round." - Coach Tolbert