Indoor Track & Field Returns to Action with Beantown Challenge, Harvard Multi Meet

Alexander Kolesnikoff throws the shot put at the Crimson Opener.
Photo courtesy of Brian Panoff.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Returning to action for the first time in 2020, the Harvard men's and women's indoor track and field teams will compete at the Beantown Challenge and Harvard Multi Meet, both to be contested at the Gordon Indoor Track this weekend (Jan. 10-11). The Beantown Challenge will be broadcast on ESPN+ and a full schedule of events can be found below.

Harvard will welcome competition from across the Bay State at the two meets, with competition including Massachusetts, Northeastern, Boston College, UMass-Lowell, Stonehill and Holy Cross. Out of state squads will join the fray, including UConn and Brown.

At the Harvard Multi Meet, women's competitors will take part in the pentathlon on Friday, contested across the 60m Hurdles, the High Jump, Shot Put, Long Jump and 800m. The men will compete in the Heptathlon, spanning both Friday and Saturday, with the 60m Dash, Long Jump, Shot Put, and High Jump events taking place Friday while the 60m High Hurdles, Pole Vault and 1000m will be contested on Saturday.

Harvard Multi Meet

Venue: Gordon Indoor Track
Date: January 10-11, 2020
Women's Pentathlon: 11:00 a.m.
Men's Heptathlon: 1:00 p.m. (Fri.), 10:00 a.m. (Sat.)
Schedule of Events
Live Results

Beantown Challenge

Venue: Gordon Indoor Track
Date: January 10-11, 2020
Field Events: 4:15 p.m. (Fri.), 11:30 a.m. (Sat.)
Running Events: 5:30 p.m. (Fri.), 1:00 p.m. (Sat.)
Schedule of Events 
Live Results

How to Follow

Live Stream: Friday | Saturday

What to Know

  • Sophomore Katina Martin ran a personal best 7.47s in the 60m Dash at the Crimson Opener to rank sixth on Harvard's all-time list.
  • The Harvard women placed second at the Beantown Challenge a season ago, while the men placed third. Sophomore John Minicus finished in fourth place in the 2019 Multi Meet as the sole competitor for Harvard.
  • First-years Alexander Kolesnikoff and Sarah Omoregie swept the shot put at the Crimson Opener in their first competition in Cambridge.

Last Time Out

The Crimson is coming off season opening victories for both the men's and women's squads at the Crimson Opener in early December. The Harvard men edged Northeastern by three points while the women claimed victory in the four team meet by a wide 13-point margin over Albany.

At the Helm

Jason Saretsky begins his 14th season at the helm of men's and women's track and field and cross country programs at Harvard in 2019-20. 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 42 All-America performances, including eight in the 2016-17 season alone. During the 2017-18 season, Gabby Thomas won Harvard's first national championship under Saretsky in the 200-meter dash as she set a collegiate record time of 22.38. Thomas was also nominated for the Bowerman, collegiate track and field's highest honor. Saretsky was named the Women's Northeast Region Coach of the Year for four straight seasons between 2014-2017.