Harvard heads to the Joe Donohue Games on Friday afternoon in Boston. (Gil Talbot)
Joe Donohue Games
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard makes the short trip to the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center for the Joe Donohue Games hosted by Northeastern on Friday, with events beginning at 2:30 p.m.. Harvard will compete against regional foes Hartford, Northeastern, Central Connecticut, Holy Cross, and UMass.
2:30 p.m.: Women's Shot-put, followed by Men's Shot-put, followed by Women's Weight, followed by Men's Weight,
2:30 p.m.: Horizontal Jumps (Maximum field size is 2 flights of 12) Women's LJ, followed by Men's LJ, followed by Women's TJ, followed by Men's TJ
2:30 p.m.: Women's High Jump (Maximum field size of 18) 2:30 p.m. Pole Vault (Maximum field size of 18) Women's Pole Vault followed by Men's Pole Vault––
Track Events (Rolling Schedule):
4:30 p.m.: Women's 5000m, Men's 5000m, Women's 60m Dash Trials, Men's 60m Dash Trials, Women's 60m HH Trials, Men's 60m HH Trials, Women's Mile Men's Mile, Women's 60m Dash Final, Men's 60m Dash Final, Women's 60m HH Final, Men's 60m HH Final, Men's High Jump (Maximum field size of 18), Women's 400m, Men's 400m, Women's 500m, Men's 500m Women's 800m, Men's 800m, Women's 1,000m, Men's 1,000m, Women's 200m, Men's 200m, Women's 3,000m, Men's 3000m, Women's DMR, Men's DMR, Women's 4x400 Relay, Men's 4x400 Relay.
A Peek at Practice
Last Time Out
Harvard track and field hosted its first indoor meet of the season, with the Crimson recording 12 event wins at the Beantown Challenge, held at Gordon Indoor Track. The Harvard women's team placed second overall (98 points), while the men's team earned a third place finish (98 points).
Leading the women's team, junior captain Gabby Thomas had a strong opening meet, winning both the 60-meter dash (7.44) and long jump (18'6"). On the men's side, sophomore heptathlete Anthony DeNitto took the first win of the day, winning the heptathlon with 4,863 points, his first career win in the event. Harvard swept both the men's and women's 60-meter hurdles, with senior captain Jay Hebert winning with an 8.05, and sophomore Karina Joiner placed first in 8.46, a new collegiate best.
In middle distance, junior captain Myles Marshall earned the win in the 500-meter run (1:02.53) as part of a 1-2-3 finish for the Crimson. On the women's side in the 500m, sophomore Maya Miklos won the event with a 1:15.47 performance. In the 200-meter dash, sophomore Micah Meekins picked up her first collegiate career win, taking the final with a 25.22 finish.
Sophomore Ian West cleared 16'2.75" to take his first pole vault win of the season.
In relays, the Crimson men won the 4x440-yard relay (3:17.28 - Matt Hurst, Myles Marshall, Rodney Agyare-May, Jovahn Williamson), and the 4x880-yard relay (7:49.16 – Gabe Montague, Nicholas Linder, Ryan Thrush, Mike Kolor). The women's 4x440 yard-relay (3:54.70 – Micah Meekins, Karina Joiner, Maya Miklos, Lizzie Gummer) also won, helping Harvard round out a solid day.
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).
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.
Harvard will compete at the Columbia Challenge next Friday and also host the H-Y-P Meet on Sunday (Jan. 28) at Gordon Indoor Track.