Harvard track and field hosts the Multi-Meet and the Beantown at Gordon Indoor Track this weekend (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard will host its first meet of the 2018 indoor season, welcoming six local programs to Gordon Indoor Track. Competition will begin Friday at the Harvard Multi-Meet, featuring the women's pentathlon and the men's pentathlon, with the women's competitors taking the track first at 11 a.m. before the men's competition at 2 p.m. Then on Saturday, the Beantown Challenge will kick off at 11 a.m., with student-athletes from Harvard, Northeastern, Stonehill, UMass-Amherst, UMass-Lowell, Rhode Island, and Boston College all entered in the meet.
Last Time Out
On Dec. 2, Harvard opened the year at the BU Opener, with several school records falling on the afternoon. Junior sprinter and captain Gabby Thomas broke the old Harvard 300m mark and set a facility record at the BU Track and Tennis Center with a 37.47 finish, winning the event. Thomas also won the 60-meter dash in 7.44. On the men's side, freshman Jovahn Williamson kicked off his career in style, placing fourth in the 300m with a time of 33.96, also a new program mark.
In middle distance, sophomore Maya Miklos won the 600-meter run with a time of 1:32.93. Freshman Ryan Thrush won the men's 1000-meter run in 2:25.65. Senior captain Jay Hebert also won the 60-meter high hurdles in his season debut, crossing the finish line in 8.12 seconds. On the women's side in the same event, sophomore Karina Joiner set a new personal record, placing second in 8.64.
Sophomore Donagh Mahon placed third in the high jump with new indoor personal record, clearing 6'9.75". Junior Ian West placed second among collegiate competitors in the pole vault, clearing 16'.75". On the women's side, senior captain Marlena Sabatino also took second among college athletes, clearing 11'9.75". The women's 4x400-meter relay team - Claire Hotchkin, Maya Miklos, Karina Joiner, and Micah Meekens – placed third in the event in 3:52.63.
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).
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.
Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fourth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight conference's eight institutions.
Recapping Cross Country:
Harvard cross country completed the 2017 season at NCAA Northeast Regional Championships in Buffalo, NY, with freshman Hugo Milner (16th) becoming the 11th runner in program history to earn USTFCCCA All-Regional honors, and had the best finish by a Harvard runner at the event since Maksim Korolev '14 won the Northeast Regional in 2014. Milner also earned Second Team All-Ivy honors after placing 11th overall at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. His time (25:20.3) was the fastest among freshmen runners at the event. On the women's side, freshman Abbe Goldstein had Harvard's top finish in three races this season, including a 23rd place finish at Ivy Heps. Harvard announced its 2018 captains, with current juniors Malia Ellington and Erin Dietz leading the women's team, while sophomore Charles Davis will captain the men's team.
Harvard will send select student-athletes to compete at the Joe Donahue Games, hosted by Northeastern next Friday.