CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard will send two student-athletes to the NCAA Division l Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend (March 9-10), hosted by Texas A&M at Gilliam Indoor Stadium – junior captain Gabby Thomas (60 meters, 200 meters) and junior captain Myles Marshall (800 meters). Thomas is making her second appearance at the NCAA Indoor meet, one year after becoming the first Ivy League sprinter to reach an NCAA Indoor final (200 meters). She earned USTFCCCA First Team All-America honors after placing eighth in the final heat.
Marshall is making his first appearance at the NCAA Indoor championships, and has a chance to become Harvard's first men's USTFCCCA All-American (indoor season) since Maxsim Korolev '14 (3000m, 5000m, 2nd Team) in 2014.
How They Got Here
Event: 800 meters
Qualifying Time: 1:47.74 (12th, NCAA), BU Bruce Lehane Scarlet and White Invitational
Notes: Marshall qualified in his signature race, the 800 meters, having set a new school record with his 1:47.74 mark at the BU Bruce Lehane Scarlet and White Invitational. Marshall finished second overall in the competition to fellow NCAA qualifier Marco Arop (Mississippi), who also recorded his qualifying time that day. Marshall was named Ivy League Most Outstanding Track Performer at Indoor Heps after winning the 800-meter title for the second consecutive year, and helping the men's 4x800-meter relay team to a Heps title.
Event: 60 meters, 200 meters
Qualifying Time (60m): 7.25 (15th, NCAA), Ivy Indoor Heptagonal Championships
Qualifying Time (200m): 22.91 (7th, NCAA), Ivy Indoor Heptagonal Championships
Notes: Thomas recorded both of her qualifying marks at Ivy Indoor Heps after another impressive indoor campaign for the Crimson. She won both the 60-meter dash (7.26) and the 200-meter dash (23.26 – 22.91 adjusted), 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.
Tolbert Named USTFCCCA Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year
Associate head coach Kebba Tolbert was named USTFCCCA Women's Assistant Coach of the Year for the Northeast Region, the organization announced this week. Tolbert earned this honor for the second year in a row and a third time in the last four seasons. Tolbert guides women's sprints, hurdles, and horizontal jumps at Harvard. His athletes were responsible for 78 of Harvard's 105 points at the Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships, including Heps titles in the 60m (Gabby Thomas), 200m (Gabby Thomas), triple jump (Simi Fajemisin), and 4x400m relay.
Under Tolbert's guidance, Thomas set a new Ivy League, meet, and school record in the 60-meter dash (7.25) at Indoor Heps, and Fajemisin recorded a new program mark in the triple jump (43'.25"), also at Indoor Heps
Harvard Earns 11 All-Ivy Selections at Heps
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.
Second Team All-Ivy - Men
Matt Hurst, Rodney Agyare-May, Jovan Williamson, Charles Lego – 4x400m Relay
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.
Harvard will open the outdoor season next weekend (March 15-17) with the Cougar Spring Break Invitational in Houston, Texas.