Track & Field Heads to Raleigh Relays

Track & Field Heads to Raleigh Relays

Okwelogu captured the discus title at TCU a week ago (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Resuming the outdoor season with another out of region trip, Harvard track and field will compete at the Raleigh Relays on March 25-26. The Raleigh Relays will be broadcast on ESPN3 and FloTrack.

By the Numbers

  • 1: Harvard's women's team finished the indoor season as the top-ranked program in the Northeast region, while the men's team wound up ninth.
  • 2: The Crimson landed a pair of student-athletes with first team All-America honors during the indoor campaign: sophomore Courtney Smith and junior Nikki Okwelogu.
  • 3: Harvard is in search of its third-straight outdoor Heps title on the women's side, while the men are in search of their first championship since 1983.
  • 5: The team combined for five victories in the outdoor opener at TCU.
  • 46: Harvard outdoor track and field has tallied 46 All-America selections in program history. Senior Autumne Franklin and junior Jade Miller earned the honor a year ago in the 400 meter hurdles.

Last Time Out
Opening the outdoor season at the TCU Invitational, Harvard track and field posted five victories March 17-18 at Lowdon Stadium.

Freshman Gabby Thomas scored a victory in the 100 meter dash, pulling away from the competition with a career-best time of 11.39 seconds. Thomas also took sixth in the 200 meters, breaking the school record previously held by Danielle Barbian '15, while classmate Ngozi Musa took sixth in the 100 (11.66) in a career-best time, which was the second-best in Harvard history and third-fastest in the Ivy League.  The freshmen duo teamed up with senior Autumne Franklin and junior Jade Miller to break the Ivy League record in the 4x100, beating Texas to win the meet with a time of 44.85. 

Junior Nikki Okwelogu had a terrific meet in the throws, winning the discus and placing second in the shot put. Okwelogu's top result in the discus (177-4, 54.06m) was three feet farther than the second place finisher, and broke her own school record by 11 inches.  The Fresno, California native posted a mark of 55-10.25 (17.02 meters) in the shot put.

Full Recap: Track & Field Tallies Five Victories at TCU Invitational

Freshman Phenoms
A bevy of Crimson freshmen have kicked off their collegiate careers with unprecedented performances. Gabby Thomas tallied 11 individual victories through nine meets this season, three times in the 60 meters, once in the 100, five times in the 200 (indoor), and twice in the long jump to lead the freshman class. She owns the school and Ivy records in the 60 and 200 meters. Fellow sprinter Ngozi Musa also placed in the school's top-10 list in the 60 meters (second, 7.40 seconds) and 100 meters (outdoors; second, 11.66).

On the men's side, Myles Marshall broke the indoor school record in the 800 meters at the Rod McCravy Memorial, running 1:49.35, and the 500 meters at the IC4A Championships with a time of 1:01.63. Classmate Ian West claimed top honors in the pole vault (15-9, 4.80 meters) at the Beantown Challenge, while Kieran Tuntivate owned the Crimson's best indoor mark this season in the 1,000 meters (2:28.14).

Hurdle U
Harvard boasts a plethora of talented hurdlers, led by 2015 All-America selections Autumne Franklin and Jade Miller. In the 400 meter hurdles, Miller holds the second-best time in program history (56.22), Franklin ranks third (56.65) and junior Jackie Modesett sits fourth (59.41). Franklin and Miller finished in the top two slots at TCU a week ago; and, Franklin and Modesett appear as No. 2 and No. 3 on the all-time performance list in the 100 meter hurdles.

On the men's side, sophomore Jay Hebert led the Crimson with an 8.11 second dash in the 60 meter hurdles in the indoor season, and he ranks third all-time at Harvard in the 110 meter hurdles (14.35).

Feature Video: Jackie Modesett & Community Service

Record Holders
Four Crimson student-athletes enter the outdoor season as the program leader in five events. Nikki Okwelogu holds the all-time Harvard mark in the shot put (56-10, 17.32m) and discus (176-5, 53.78m), with her toss in the shot put also good for the Ivy League record. Senior Madison Hansen holds the Harvard and Ivy League records in the heptathlon, topping the previous record with 5,506 points at Heps in 2015. Paige Kouba holds the Crimson record in the steeplechase (10:15.81) and Marlena Sabatino cleared the top height in the pole vault (12-8, 3.86m).

Top Marks
Who has tallied Harvard's top results in the outdoor season?


Men's Leader


Women's Leader



Alexander Moore





Alexander Moore


Gabby Thomas



Myles Marshall





Malik Epps





Brandon Price





Jay Hebert


Autumne Franklin



Alex Kirby


Autumne Franklin


High Jump

Spencer Lemons

6-6.75 (2.01m)


5-6 (1.68m)

Pole Vault

Matthew Miller

15-1 (4.90m)

Marlena Sabatino

12-5.5 (3.80m)

Long Jump

Mark Hill

22-5.25 (7.14m)

Madison Hansen

17-3.25 (5.26m)

Triple Jump



Bola Hambolu

37-0.25 (11.28m)

Shot Put

Julian Nunally

55-6.25 (16.92m)

Nikki Okwelogu

55-10.25 (17.02m)


Mark Hill

114-4 (34.84m)

Nikki Okwelogu

177-4 (54.06m)*


Josh Whitener

170-0 (51.81m)




Brett Henderson

201-10 (61.53m)

Madison Hansen

113-10 (34.69m)


Mark Hill




*Denotes School Record

Social Stream
Use the Social Stream on to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all four platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.

Follow @HarvardTrack_XC on Twitter for updates during the competition, and use #GoCrimson to interact with other fans.

At the Helm
Jason Saretsky is in his 10th season as the William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field /Cross Country, and during his tenure the Crimson women have tallied two outdoor Ivy League Championships. Saretsky's tenure has seen 23 All-America performances, 32 NCAA qualifiers and 89 Heptagonal champions.

What's Next?
Harvard sends student-athletes to the Texas and Florida Relays March 30-April 2.