ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Harvard cross country and track and field alumna Sammy Silva '13 has signed a professional contract with Nike and has joined the elite Bowerman Track Club for training and competition, as announced by Silva via an interview with FloTrack Thursday, April 30.
To view the complete FloTrack interview, click HERE.
Silva is slated to make her professional debut this weekend at the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford, donning the Bowerman TC Nike gear. She will be making the transition from Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she had competed for the University of New Mexico in 2013-14 and has been training the last two years, to Beaverton, Oregon, the base site of Bowerman TC, to train full-time following the meet.
Silva competed primarily with the cross country team during her Harvard career, helping the Crimson reach the NCAA Championships during her senior campaign in 2012. She was named All-Ivy League as a freshman and senior, as well as garnering all-region accolades during the 2009 season. She took to the track during her senior season, primarily racing at 1,500 meters. She earned runner-up honors at the ECAC Outdoor Championships and advanced to the NCAA East Preliminary Round.
At New Mexico in 2014, she continued to improve, earning seventh at the NCAA West Preliminary Round, using her personal-best time of 4:19.87 to punch a ticket to the NCAA Championships, where she placed 16th with a time of 4:22.95, earning her second team All-America honors.