Thomas, Marshall Most Outstanding Track Performers at Ivy Indoor Heps For Harvard

Junior sprinter Gabby Thomas earned Ivy League Most Outstanding Track Performer for the second consecutive year at Indoor Heps. 

It was a solid Sunday for Harvard track and field at the 2018 Ivy League Indoor Hetpagonal Championships, including five individual event titles and two relay victories. The Harvard women's team placed second overall with 105 points, while the men's team took sixth place with 51 points. 

Junior sprinter Gabby Thomas won both the 60-meter dash (7.26) and the 200-meter dash (23.26), marking three straight Ivy Indoor Heps individual titles in both events, becoming the first sprinter in Ivy League history to accomplish that feat. Thomas set the Ivy and program record on Saturday in the 60 meters with her 7.25 effort in the preliminaries. For her efforts, Thomas was selected Most Outstanding Track Performer for the second-straight year.

Sophomore Simi Fajemisin set a new program record in the triple jump, breaking her own mark with a 43'.25" effort on her second to last jump of the day.

Junior Myles Marshall won the 800-meter indoor title for the second consecutive year, pulling away at the finish line to finish in 1:52.19. Marshall was named the Most Outstanding Track Performer on the men's side.

Junior Kathryn Gillespie made it an 800-meter indoor sweep for the Crimson, winning the event in 2:09.77, Harvard's first win in the women's 800-meter run at Ivy Indoor Heps since 2013. 

Harvard also won two of the four meet-ending relays. In the men's 4x800-meter relay, Marshall outkicked Columbia's Alek Sauer at the finish line to give Harvard the win in 7:32.66, the second win in the last three seasons for the Crimson in that event at Ivy Indoor Heps. The Crimson 4x800-meter team consisted of Michael Kolor, John Fish, Ryan Thrush, and Marshall. 

In the women's 4x400-meter relay, Thomas rounded out a fantastic day with an incredible final leg, making up a large deficit to help the Crimson team cross the line in 3:43.85, Harvard's third straight Ivy Indoor Heps title in the event. The 4x400-meter relay team included Zoe Hughes, Olivia Okoli, Karina Joiner, and Thomas. 

Other noteworthy performances on the day included senior Jay Hebert's third-place effort in the 60-meter hurdles (7.99). In the women's race, Livia Gauntlett and Karina Joiner went 3-4, finishing in 8.57 and 8.62 respectively.

Matt Hurst took fourth place in the 400-meter dash in 49.02, while Rodney Agyare-May (1:03.70) and Ryan Thrush (1:04.13) took fourth and sixth place in the 500 meters.  

In the women's 1000-meter run, freshman Anna Juul placed fifth (2:50.77) to earn points for Harvard.

In other relay action – the women's distance medley team of Kathryn Gillespie, Micah Meekins, Anna Juul, and Abbe Goldstein placed second in 11:33.95. The men's 4x400-meter relay team also was involved in a thrilling race, taking second place with three teams crossing the finish line within .04 seconds. Harvard's team of Matt Hurst, Rodney Agyare-May, Jovan Williamson, and Charles Lego finished the race in 3:15.92.

What's Next
Harvard will send select student-athletes to compete at the IC4A/ECAC Championships, hosted by Boston University on March 3-4.