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Track & Field Sends Five to USATF Olympic Trials

Track & Field Sends Five to USATF Olympic Trials

The top three finishers in each event will qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio (Sideline Photos/The Ivy League).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The 2016 Olympic games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil are less than two months away, and five Crimson student-athletes are set to compete at the USA Track and Field (USATF) Olympic Trials July 1-10 in an attempt to qualify for the world's top event. The top three finishers in each event will earn a spot in Rio, assuming they have met certain time requirements.

The Crimson will be represented at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon by a record number of student-athletes: Autumne Franklin '16 (400H), Paige Kouba '16 (3,000S), Jade Miller (400H), Courtney Smith (10,000) and Gabby Thomas (100; 200). The meet will be broadcast on the NBC family of networks.

Running For Rio - Harvard Gazette

 

By the Numbers

  • 3: Harvard has the third-most women in the field among college programs, trailing Oregon and Arkansas.
  • 5: Five Harvard women have combined to post six times that qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials:  Thomas, Franklin, Kouba, Miller and Courtney Smith.
  • 21: 21 Crimson track and field athletes have competed in past Olympics, the most recent being Samyr Laine '06 at the 2012 Olympics in London.
  • 23: Harvard's school records – indoor and outdoor combined – fell in an astonishing 23 different events this season.

Against the Olympic Standard

Event

Name

Time

 Trials Standard

100 meters

Gabby Thomas

11.30

 11.32

200 meters

Gabby Thomas

22.47

 23.20

400 hurdles

Autumne Franklin
Jade Miller

54.91
55.75

 56.20
 56.20

3,000 steeplechase

Paige Kouba

9:50.21

 9:53.00

10,000 meters

Courtney Smith

32:08.32

 32:25.00





 

When to Tune In

Date

Event                    

Round         

Time (ET)

Saturday, July 2
Saturday, July 2
Sunday, July 3
Sunday, July 3
Monday, July 4
Thursday, July 7
Thursday, July 7
Friday, July 8
Friday, July 8
Saturday, July 9
Sunday, July 10
Sunday, July 10

10,000 meters
100 meters
100 meters
100 meters
3,000 steeplechase
400 hurdles
3,000 steeplechase
200 meters
400 hurdles
200 meters
400 hurdles
200 meters

Final   
First Rd.
Semifinal
Final
First Rd.
First Rd.
Final
First Rd.
Semifinal
Semifinal
Final
Final

2:04 p.m.
4:01 p.m.
7:02 p.m.
8:44 p.m.
7:03 p.m.
8:58 p.m.
10:48 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
7:31 p.m.
8:03 p.m.
7:03 p.m.
8:11 p.m.


The meet will be broadcast on NBC and NBC Sports. To view the full TV schedule, click here.

Out of the Blocks
Thomas enters the Olympic trials as the 12th seed in the 200 meters and the 32nd seed in the 100 meters. The NCAA third-place finisher in the 200 meters, the All-American is the fourth-fastest qualifier from the collegiate ranks with a time of 22.47 seconds. A rising sophomore for Harvard, Thomas holds the program and Ivy League records in both sprints, including the top Harvard time in the 200 by more than 1.3 seconds.

Hurdle-U
Harvard had two student-athletes qualify for the Trials in the 400 hurdles, with Franklin entering as the ninth-overall seed and Miller right behind as the 17th seed. Franklin is the third-fastest entrant from the NCAA, and broke the Harvard and Ancient Eight records at the NCAA Championships with a time of 54.91. Miller holds the ninth-best mark among collegians at 55.7. Both were All-Americans at the NCAA meet in June.

In the Steeplechase
Returning to her hometown for the second of two major meets this summer, Kouba punched her ticket to the trials after winning 3,000 steeplechase at the Stanford Invitational with a time of 9:50.21. The school record holder has the 24th-best time in the field, and is fifth-fastest among NCAA runners. Kouba was named an All-American at the NCAA Championships last month.

Just Keep Running
The fastest collegiate runner in the field, Smith enters the Olympic Trials as the 16th seed in the 10,000 meters with a time of 32:08.32. Smith was an All-American during the indoor season, and earned national player of the week honors after her school- and Ivy-record breaking performance at the Stanford Invitational.

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All-Ivy Recognition
On the heels of Harvard women's track and field's third-consecutive Ivy League championship, 14 student-athletes garnered All-Ivy recognition in 17 different events, with Harvard recording first-place performances 10 times. The student-athletes recognized by the conference are:

Autumne Franklin, Nikki Okwelogu, Gabby Thomas, Ngozi Musa, Jade Miller, Madison Hansen, Paige Kouba, Gabe Montague, Malik Epps, Thomas Negron, Myles Marshall, Lexie Schachne, Allison Morrison and Efe Uwaifo.

Season Recap

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 three outdoor and four indoor Ivy League Championships. Saretsky's tenure has seen 29 All-America performances, 40 NCAA qualifiers and 99 Heptagonal champions.

What's Next?
Athletes that finish in the top three of their respective events will qualify to represent the United States at the 2016 Olympics in August. Additionally, Kouba and Franklin have been selected to compete for the United States at the NACAC U23 Championships, held July 15-17 in El Salvador.

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