Hughes, Thomas, Saretsky, Tolbert Honored With USTFCCCA Northeast Region Awards

Hughes, Thomas, Saretsky, Tolbert Honored With USTFCCCA Northeast Region Awards

Jason Saretsky, the William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country, sophomore Gabby Thomas, freshman Zoe Hughes, and assistant coach Kebba Tolbert were honored by the USTFCCCA today.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –
The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced today (March 6) that Harvard women's track and field earned all four USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Northeast Region Awards. Jason Saretsky, the William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country, was named Women's Coach of the Year, Kebba Tolbert earned Women's Assistant Coach of the Year, sophomore sprinter Gabby Thomas was named Women's Track Athlete of the Year, and freshman pentathlete Zoe Hughes earned Women's Field Athlete of the Year honors.

Thomas, a first team All-Ivy selection, set new school and Ivy records in the 60m dash (7.29) and 200m dash (22.88) at the Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships. For her efforts, Thomas was named Ivy Indoor Heps Most Outstanding Track Performer. Thomas' performance in the 200m dash is the seventh fastest time in the nation, qualifying her for the NCAA Indoor Championships.  

Hughes, a first team All-Ivy selection, became Harvard's first Ivy Indoor Heps champion in the women's pentathlon since 2009 (Shannon Flahive), recording the second most points in school history (4,093) behind All-American Martina Salandar (4,209). Hughes won the 60m hurdles (8.71s), the shot put (12.07m), the 800m (2:21.62) and the long jump (6.07m, 2nd best mark in school history). Hughes will compete at NCAAs, as her Heps performance in the pentathlon is ranked 13th in the nation.

Saretsky, the Ivy League Coach of the Year, guided Harvard to its fifth straight Ivy Indoor Heps title, including six individual Heps crowns. Zoe Hughes (pentathlon), Nikki Okwelogu (shotput), Judy Pendergast (5000m) and Gabby Thomas (200m) qualified for NCAAs. Simi Fajemisin broke school marks in the long jump (6.09m) and triple jump (12.96m) and Thomas broke Harvard and Ivy records in the 60m (7.29) and 200m dash (22.88). Harvard has been ranked No. 1 in the Northeast by USTFCCCA since Jan. 30 and has a dominant hold on first place in the computer rankings, over 120 points ahead of No. 2 Buffalo.

Tolbert guided Harvard's sprinters, hurdlers, and horizontal jumpers to historic feats and contributed 88 of the team's 129 points to win its fifth straight Ivy Indoor Heps title. Freshman Simi Fajemisin broke long-standing school marks in the long jump and triple jump. Tolbert guided Gabby Thomas to Harvard and Ivy records in the 60m and 200m and helped Hughes capture the Ivy Indoor Heps pentathlon, breaking the meet record for points.