Sophomore sprinter Gabby Thomas finished 8th in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship 200-meter final. (The Ivy League/Sideline Photos)
COLLEGE STATION, Tex. – Sophomore sprinter Gabby Thomas of Harvard track and field wrapped up a historic indoor campaign with an eighth place finish in the 200-meter dash final at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Racing in heat two, Thomas, the first Ivy Leaguer ever to make an indoor sprint final, placed fourth with a time of 23.35. Oregon junior Ariana Washington won the heat, and was the national champion in the event with a time of 22.42.
By finishing the event, Thomas earned first team All-America honors, following an All-America campaign in the same event during the 2016 outdoor season. Yesterday, in the fourth and final heat, needing to break 23 seconds to qualify for the final, Thomas notched her second best mark in the event, finishing just .01 seconds off her PR in 22.89.
Thomas was in a class by herself in Ivy League competition this season. A first team All-Ivy selection, Thomas broke her own school and Ivy records in both the 60m dash (7.29) and 200m dash (22.88) at the Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships.
Harvard kicks off the outdoor season at two events next weekend, the Cougar Spring Break Invitational and the Texas Southern Relays.