Track and Field Opens 2018-19 Indoor Campaign at BU Opener

Track and Field Opens 2018-19 Indoor Campaign at BU Opener

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard track and field will begin its 2018-19 indoor season at cross-town rival Boston University in the Sharon Colyear-Danville BU Opener on Saturday, Dec. 1. The meet will begin at 11 a.m. at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center.


What to Know

  • The Crimson returns junior Simi Fajemsin, who set a program record in the triple jump (43'.25"), breaking her own mark at the Ivy League Indoor Heps last year.
  • Senior captain Myles Marshall looks to improve on his 12th-place finish at the NCAA Indoor National Championships/ in the 800-meters. He was the first men's USTFCCCA All-American since 2014 at the 2018 Indoor National Championships.
  • Every member of the 2018 4x800 meter relay Heps-winning team returns (Michael Kolor, John Fish, Ryan Thrush, Myles Marshall)
  • The women's team returns five Ivy Indoor Heps champions from a year ago as Zoe Hughes, Olivia Okoli, and Karina Joiner returns from the 4x400 meter relay, Simi Fajemisin from the triple jump, and Kathryn Gillespie from the 800 meters.

Leading the Way
Seniors Taylor Brunksole, Myles Marshall, Ian West, Malia Ellington, Ngozi Musa will serve as captains this season.

At the Helm
Jason Saretsky begins his 13th season at the helm of men's and women's track and field and cross country programs at Harvard in 2018-19. 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 40 All-America performances, including eight in the 2016-17 season alone. During the 2017-18 season, Gabby Thomas won Harvard's first national championship under Saretsky in the 200-meter dash as she set a collegiate record time of 22.38. Thomas was also nominated for the Bowerman, collegiate track and field's highest honor. Saretsky was named the Northeast Region Coach of the Year for the fourth-straight season and saw 27 earn All-Ivy honors throughout the cross country/track and field season. Throughout his tenure, Harvard has had 40 All-America performances, 51 NCAA qualifiers, 142 NCAA regional qualifiers, coached to nine individual ECAC/IC4A titles with 127 Heptagonal champions, and countless school records have fallen with more than 250 marks added to the program's top-10.

What's Next
The Crimson returns to the Gordon Indoor Track for a dual meet against Ivy-foe Penn on Dec. 9 at 11 a.m.