Five Set To Represent Track and Field at NCAA Outdoor Championships

Courtesy of The Ivy League
Courtesy of The Ivy League

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard will send five individuals to the 2019 Outdoor Track and Field Championships, to be held this week (June 5-8) at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas. Representing the Crimson will be junior Will Battershill (3000m steeplechase), sophomore Erick Duffy (pole vault), sophomore Anna Juul (1500m), senior Myles Marshall (800m), and first-year Sam Welsh (Discus Throw). All four days of action will be streamed on ESPN3, and available on TV on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU.

How to Follow
Live Results:
Stream: ESPN3
Twitter: @HarvardTrack_XC

What to Know 

Harvard Competitors

Junior Will Battershill
Event: 3000m Steeplechase
Qualifying Time: 8:44.36 (10th, NCAA East Preliminary)
When to Watch: Semifinals: Wednesday (5:32 pm ET), Finals: Friday (8:54 pm ET)
Notes: Battershill will make his first appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships after setting the school record in the 3000m steeplechase, breaking the 23-year old mark previously held by Darin Shearer '96 (8:45.02). Battershill is the first men's Harvard student-athlete to compete at the NCAA outdoor meet in the steeplechase.

Sophomore Erick Duffy
Event: Pole Vault
Qualifying Mark: 17'5" (9th, NCAA East Preliminary)
When to Watch: Finals: Wednesday (5:30 pm ET)
Notes: Duffy will also make his first appearance at the NCAA outdoor meet, as his qualifying mark (17'5") was the second-best of his collegiate career. Duffy set his personal mark in the pole vault earlier this season at the Harvard-Yale meet, clearing 17'9". He is No. 2 in the Harvard record book behind Nico Weiler '13 (18.05"), the only other Harvard men's pole vaulter to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Sophomore Anna Juul
Event: 1500m
Qualifying Time: 4:20.02 (9th, NCAA East Preliminary)
When to Watch: Semifinals: Thursday (8:16 pm ET), Finals: Saturday (6:41 pm ET)
Notes: Juul is Harvard's first women's NCAA outdoor qualifier in the 1500m after a fantastic showing at the NCAA East Preliminary meet, setting a new personal mark in the event. Juul is third on Harvard's all-time performance list in the 1500m after a standout outdoor campaign.

Senior Myles Marshall
Event: 800m
Qualifying Time: 1:48.23 (1st, NCAA East Preliminary)
When to Watch: Semifinals: Wednesday (6:44 p.m. ET), Finals: Friday (9:44 p.m. ET) 
Notes: Marshall won the 800m at the NCAA East Preliminary meet, and will compete at the NCAA outdoor meet for the first time. Marshall earned USTFCCCA Second Team All-America honors in the 800m at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships, and the Ivy Heps champion has a chance to cap off a decorated career in style this week in Austin.

First-Year Sam Welsh
Event: Discus Throw
Qualifying Mark: 194'9" (3rd, NCAA East Preliminary)
When to Watch: Finals: Friday (8:05 p.m. ET) 
Notes: Welsh had a fantastic first season at Harvard, earning Ivy Heps Most Outstanding Field Performer of the Meet honors, winning the discus and placing second in the shot put. His discus effort at the NCAA East Preliminary meet was a new personal record (194'9"), the third best mark at the event, and 15th-best throw in the nation. He is the first men's discus thrower to compete at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. 

What's Next
Select student-athletes will compete overseas in the Trans-Atlantic Series, beginning with meets at the University of Limerick (June 23) and the University of Birmingham (June 26th). The Harvard/Yale vs. Oxford/Cambridge Meet will take place on June 29th at the University of Cambridge.