Track and Field Earns 11 All-Ivy Selections at Ivy Indoor Heps

Track and Field Earns 11 All-Ivy Selections at Ivy Indoor Heps

Harvard's 4x800m relay team was one of 11 All-Ivy selections for track and field. (Courtesy Ivy League)

PRINCETON, N.J. –
After another strong showing at the Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championship, Harvard track and field had 11 selections to All-Ivy League teams, including four relay teams earning all-conference honors.

All-Ivy selections are based on results from Indoor Heps, with all first-place finishers (including ties and relays) earning first-team All-Ivy, and all second-place finishers (including ties and relays) earning second-team All-Ivy.

Harvard recorded top two finishes in 11 different events.

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.

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. 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 KolorJohn FishRyan Thrush, and Marshall, who was named the Most Outstanding Track Performer on the men's side.

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 HughesOlivia OkoliKarina Joiner, and Thomas.

In other relay action – the women's distance medley team of Kathryn GillespieMicah MeekinsAnna 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 HurstRodney Agyare-MayJovan Williamson, and Charles Lego finished the race in 3:15.92.

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 to win the event.

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.

On Day 1 of Ivy Heps, Thomas placed second in the women's long jump (19'6.75") to earn All-ivy honors, while sophomore Zoe Hughes narrowly missed defending her Heps title in the pentathlon, placing second with 3952 points, winning the 60-meter hurdles (8.81), and the shot put (41'9.75") and placing second in the long jump (18'10") to highlight her day. 

First Team All-Ivy - Women
Gabby Thomas – 60m
Gabby Thomas – 200m
Kathryn Gillespie– 800m
Simi Fajemisin – Triple Jump
Zoe Hughes, Olivia Okoli, Karina Joiner, Gabby Thomas - 4x400m Relay

Second Team All-Ivy - Women
Zoe Hughes – Pentathlon
Gabby Thomas – Long Jump
Kathryn Gillespie, Micah Meekins, Anna Juul, Abbe Goldstein – Distance Medley Relay

First Team All-Ivy - Men
Myles Marshall - 800m
Michael KolorJohn FishRyan ThrushMyles Marshall – 4x800m Relay

Second Team All-Ivy - Men
Matt HurstRodney Agyare-MayJovan WilliamsonCharles Lego – 4x400m Relay