CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Seventeen members of the Harvard track and field team will represent the Crimson at the NCAA East Region Championships this weekend (May 25-27), hosted by the University of Kentucky.
NCAA EAST PRELIMINARY MEET INFORMATION
START LISTS: WOMEN l MEN
On the women's side, Gabby Thomas (100m, 200m, 4x100m relay), Lisa Tertsch (3000m steeplechase), Judy Pendergast (5000m), Elianna Shwayder (5000m), Jade Miller (400m hurdles, 4x100m relay), Ngozi Musa (4x100m relay), Zoe Hughes (4x100m relay), Karina Joiner (4x100m relay), Simi Fajemisin (long jump, triple jump) and Nikki Okwelogu (shot put, discus) will make the trip to Kentucky. Four of Harvard's entries (Thomas – 100m, 200m; Miller – 400m hurdles; 4x100m relay) are among the top 10 seeds in the competition.
Representing the men's team will be Myles Marshall (800m), Will Battershill (3000m steeplechase), Jay Hebert (110m hurdles), Donagh Mahon (high jump), Efe Uwaifo (triple jump), Julian Nunally (discus), and Brett Henderson (javelin). Uwaifo's qualifying triple jump mark makes him the No. 6 seed heading into the meet.
Student-athletes that place in the top-12 of their respective events at the East Preliminary will qualify for the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon (June 7-10). The top-12 finishing individuals and relay teams from the West region will join the East qualifiers to compete at Hayward Field.
QUALIFYING MARKS (WOMEN)
Name Event Time/Distance NCAA East Rank
Gabby Thomas 100m 11.15 6th
Gabby Thomas 200m 22.60 3rd
Lisa Tertsch 3000m steeple 10:22.76 31st
Judy Pendergast 5000m 16:22.85 36th
Elianna Shwayder 5000m 16:31.27 48th
Jade Miller 400m hurdles 56.41 5th
Simi Fajemisin long jump 6.15m 34th
Simi Fajemisin triple jump 12.78m 31st
Nikki Okwelogu shot put 16.45m 17th
Nikki Okwelogu discus throw 53.80m 16th
4x100m relay 44.42 10th
QUALIFYING MARKS (MEN)
Name Event Time/Distance NCAA East Rank
Myles Marshall 800m 1:47.79 12th
Will Battershill 3000m steeple 8:55.84 25th
Jay Hebert 110m hurdles 14.09 33rd
Donagh Mahon high jump 2.08m 43rd
Efe Uwaifo triple jump 16.18m 6th
Julian Nunally discus throw 54.81m 27th
Brett Henderson javelin throw 68.13m 21st
SARETSKY NAMED IVY LEAGUE OUTDOOR COACH OF THE YEAR; 17 EARN ALL-IVY
This marks the second time in the last three seasons that Jason Saretsky has earned Ivy League Coach of the Year honors on the women's side. Harvard clinched its fourth straight Outdoor Heps title on Sunday, totaling 164 points to run away with the team victory.
In addition, seventeen (17) Harvard track and field athletes earned All-Ivy League honors by finishing among the top two in their respective events at the Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championships.
On the first team for the women were Gabby Thomas (100m, 200m, Long Jump, 4x100m Relay, 4x400m Relay), Jade Miller (400m Hurdles, 4x100m Relay, 4x400m Relay), Karina Joiner '20 (4x100m Relay, 4x400m Relay), Maya Miklos (4x400m Relay), Nikki Okwelogu (Shot Put), Zoe Hughes (Heptathlon), Raegan Nizdil (High Jump), and Simi Fajemisin (Triple Jump).
For the men's team, Brett Henderson (Javelin), Myles Marshall (800m), and Efe Uwaifo (Long Jump, Triple Jump) earned First Team All-Ivy honors.
BY THE NUMBERS – INDOOR SEASON
1: Harvard's women's team finished the indoor season as the top-ranked program in the Northeast region.
3: Three Harvard student-athletes earned All-America recognition during the indoor season - Gabby Thomas (200m, 1st Team), Zoe Hughes (pentathlon, 2nd Team) and Nikki Okwelogu (shot put, 2nd Team).
3: Senior captain Efe Uwaifo captured his third straight Ivy Indoor Heps title in the triple jump, sealing the win on his final jump of the day (15.82m).
4: By nature of having a nationally-ranked top-16 mark – Zoe Hughes (pentathlon), Nikki Okwelogu (shotput), Judy Pendergast (5000m), and Gabby Thomas (200m) competed at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. The four qualifiers are the most that Harvard had at NCAA Indoors.
5: Harvard's women's team won its fifth-consecutive Ivy League Indoor Championship and seventh in program history.
6: Six Harvard records fell during the 2016-17 indoor campaign – sophomore Gabby Thomas new school marks in the 60m (7.29s) and 200m (22.88) at Indoor Heps, freshman Simi Fajemisin broke school records in the long jump (6.09m) and triple jump (12.96m) at Indoor Heps, and Myles Marshall owns the school record in the 800m run (1:48.17). The men's 4x400 meter relay team of James Heckendorn, Myles Marshall, Matt Hurst, and Alexander Moore set a new school record at the IC4A Championships, placing first in the preliminary round with a time of 3:10.84.
10: Judy Pendergast owned the 10th-fastest time nationally in the 5,000 meters at 15:52.64.
16: During the indoor season, Nikki Okwelogu's toss in the shot put at the H-Y-P meet traveled 55-3 (16.84 meters), and the mark was the best in the Ivy League by nearly six feet.
32: Freshman Anthony DeNitto captured the Ivy Indoor Heps title with a monster third jump of the competition, shattering his own personal mark (7.00m) with a 7:37m jump. DeNitto's jump was the best by a Harvard long jumper in 32 years, and gave Harvard its first individual Heps title in the event since James Johnson in 1982.
HARVARD WOMEN'S TEAM RANKED NO. 14 IN PRESEASON; NO 1 IN NORTHEAST
Fresh off another strong indoor campaign, the Harvard women's track and field team was ranked No. 14 in the USTFCCCA Outdoor Track & Field Preseason Rankings. At No. 14, Harvard has the highest preseason ranking in program history. Last season, Harvard debuted at No. 37 in the USTFCCCA Preseason Rankings, and reached No. 10 on April 25, 2016, the highest ranking in program history.
The Harvard women's team had been previously ranked by the USTFCCCA as No. 22 in the Terry Crawford Program of the Year standings. Harvard finished the indoor season as the No. 1 ranked program in the Northeast region and is currently ranked No. 1 in the Northeast outdoor rankings.
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AYE AYE, CAPTAIN
Seniors Julian Nunally, Andrew Roney, and Efe Uwaifo were elected captains for the 2016-17 season on the men's side, while the women's squad will be led by seniors Madeleine Ankhelyi and Raegan Nizdil. Roney is in his second year as captain while the remaining selections are in their first season as captains of the Harvard track and field team.
AT THE HELM
Jason Saretsky is in his 11th season as the William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field Cross Country, and during his tenure the Crimson women have tallied three indoor Ivy League Championships. Saretsky's tenure has seen 32 All-America performances, 44 NCAA qualifiers and 108 Heptagonal champions during the indoor season.
Qualified student-athletes will compete at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon on June 7-10.