Gabby Thomas Makes History, Wins National Title in 200m at NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships

Junior sprinter Gabby Thomas set a new collegiate record (22.38), winning a national title in the 200 meters at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships. (Brendan Maloney)

History was made at Gilliam Indoor Track and Field Stadium for Harvard track and field standout Gabby Thomas, who became the first Ivy League women's sprinter to win an indoor national championship, setting a new collegiate record with her 22.38 mark in her final heat. Thomas broke a 10-year collegiate and meet record, previously held by Bianca Knight of Oregon (22.40, March 14, 2008).

Thomas, a junior captain from Florence, Mass., is the fourth national indoor champion in Harvard women's track and field history, joining Kart Siilats (high jump, 2001), Dora Gyorffy (high jump, 2000), and Meredith L. Rainey (800 meters, 1990).

Racing in lane 5 in section 2 of the 200m finals, Thomas needed to top Ashley Henderson's 22.41 mark from section 1. With the top qualifying time in the Friday preliminaries (22.66), Thomas made quick work of the stagger, taking the lead after the first 100 meters, and holding off Lynna Irby from Georgia to earn a national championship. 

Thomas looked up at the scoreboard in disbelief and received a loud ovation from the Gilliam Indoor Track and Field Stadium crowd. Thomas earned USTFCCCA First Team All-America honors in the 200 meters for the second straight season, another first for Harvard and the Ivy League.