Thomas Makes History, Advances to NCAA 200m Final; Hughes, Okwelogu All-Americans

Thomas Makes History, Advances to NCAA 200m Final; Hughes, Okwelogu All-Americans

Sophomore Gabby Thomas will be the first women's 200-meter sprinter from the Ivy League to compete in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship final in the event.

On the opening day of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, all four Harvard student-athletes were in action - Zoe Hughes (pentathlon), Nikki Okwelogu (shot put), Judy Pendergast (5000m), and Gabby Thomas (200m). By nature of completing their events, Hughes (10th), Okwelogu (11th), earned second team All-America recognition, while Thomas advanced to the 200-meter final.

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One of three freshmen competing in the pentathlon Hughes recorded the third best mark (4089 points) in school history and set personal marks in the shotput (12.73m, 3rd) and 800-meter run (2:19.81) to place 10th overall. Hughes is the second student-athlete in program history to represent Harvard in the pentathlon at NCAA Indoors.

Competing in the shot put in her third straight NCAA Indoor Championsips, Okwelogu's first throw of the competition was her best of the day, reaching 16.13 meters. That effort helped the senior earn 11th place, and made Okwelogu the first three-time indoor All-American in program history.

Next up for Harvard was sophomore sprinter Gabby Thomas in the 200 meters. 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 to make tomorrow's final. Thomas is the first Ivy League women's sprinter to reach the NCAA Indoor finals in 200-meter dash.

Rounding out the day was Pendergast, an Ivy League Heptagonal indoor champion in the 5,000 meters. The freshman distance runner stayed the with the lead pack early on in the race, but was forced back due to injury, then ruled to have impeded another runner in the competition. Pendergast still finished the season 12th on the indoor performance list in the event (15.52.64).

Thomas will compete in the 200-meter final tomorrow at 6:40 p.m. (ET). The race will be streamed live on ESPN3.