Harvard track and field opens the 2017-18 indoor season at BU on Saturday (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard indoor track and field will open the 2017-18 season with the Boston University Season Opener on Saturday (Dec. 2). The meet will begin at 11:00 a.m. with the last event kicking off at 2:50 p.m.
Harvard is coming off its fifth straight women's Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championship and returns junior sprinter Gabby Thomas (captain and All-American), as well as sophomore Zoe Hughes (All-American in pentathlon). On the men's side, junior captain Myles Marshall, the reigning Indoor Heps 800-meter champion, leads the way.
Meet the Freshmen:
Harvard announced 28 new members of the track and field and cross country class of 2021 this summer. The group joins Harvard from nine states and seven countries.
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A Year Ago:
Harvard women's track and field won its fifth-consecutive Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championship and seventh in program history. Harvard sent four competitors to NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships - Zoe Hughes (pentathlon), Nikki Okwelogu (shotput), Judy Pendergast (5000m), and Gabby Thomas (200m). Thomas earned First Team All-America honors, and became the first Ivy League sprinter to reach an NCAA final, while Hughes and Okwelogu earned Second Team All-America distinction. Thomas set new school marks in the 60m (7.29s) and 200m (22.88) at Indoor Heps, and Simi Fajemisin broke school records in the long jump (6.09m) and triple jump (12.96m) at Indoor Heps
Eight members of the women's team earned All-Ivy recognition. On the men's side, three members of the team captured individual Heps crowns – Efe Uwaifo (triple jump), Anthony DeNitto (long jump), and Myles Marshall (800m). 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, while Marshall lowered his own school record in the 800m run (1:48.17).
Recapping Cross Country:
The Harvard men's team placed 10th and the women's team finished 12th at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships, with freshman Hugo Milner (16th) becoming the 11th runner in program history to earn USTFCCCA All-Regional honors. Milner had the best finish by a Harvard runner at the event since Maksim Korolev '14 won the Northeast Regional in 2014.
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Top of the Podium:
Senior Marlena Sabatino, junior Myles Marshall, junior Gabby Thomas, and senior Jay Hebert will serve as captains this season.
At the Helm:
Jason Saretsky begins his 12th season at the helm of men's and women's track and field and cross country programs at Harvard in 2017-18. Saretsky's position, The William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country, became the 17th endowed coaching position at Harvard in the spring of 2013. Saretsky is just the 10th person to serve as head coach of the track and field program since Harvard began formal competition in 1874.
During Saretsky's tenure with the Crimson, Harvard has had 37 All-America performances, including eight in the 2016-17 season alone. The 2017 Ivy League Women's Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year, Saretsky has also mentored 48 NCAA qualifiers, 136 NCAA regional qualifiers, coached to nine individual ECAC/IC4A titles with 112 Heptagonal champions, and countless school records have fallen with more than 250 marks added to the program's top-10 list. For the first time in program history and the second time in Ivy League history, the Harvard women's team completed the triple crown in 2016-17 - winning cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field Ivy League Heptagonal championships.
The Crimson will have a month off before hosting the Harvard Multi Meet and Beantown Challenge on Jan. 12-13 to kick off the new year.