NEW ORLEANS – Simi Fajemisin headlines the USTFCCCA Regional Awards for Harvard indoor track and field as it totals four recipients. Also earning awards were The William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Jason Saretsky as the Women's Coach of the Year, Associate Head Coach Kebba Tolbert as the Women's Assistant Coach of the Year and Associate Head Coach Marc Mangiacotti as the Men's Assistant Coach of the Year.
Fajemisin is having a record-breaking season where she won the 2019 Ivy League Heptagonal Individual Championship in the triple jump, reaching a mark of 13.27m (43-6.50). The mark is the 14th-best jump in the nation this year and broke her own Harvard record in the event. At Heps, Fajemisin also placed fourth in the long jump with a mark of 5.78m (18-11.75), helping her secure the Women's Most Outstanding Field Performer of the meet. Fajemisin will continue her indoor season at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 8-9 in Birmingham, Alabama.
Saretsky was named USTFCCCA Northeast Region Women's Coach of the Year for the fifth-straight time, leading the Crimson to a No. 1 ranking in the Northeast Regional Poll. He helped lead the women's team to four individual Ivy Heps titles and a second-place team finish at the meet. Harvard is currently the top-rated team in the Northeast Region according to TFRI.
Tolbert was named the USTFCCCA Northeast Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year for the fifth time in his career. His runners scored 80 of Harvard's 102 points at Heps, Tolbert helped the Crimson to a 1-4 sweep of the 60m and a 2-3 finish in the 60H. He also coached the champions in both the 500m and triple jump, who both won in record-setting fashion.
Mangiacotti earned the USTFCCCA Northeast Region Men's Assistant Coach of the Year for the second time in his career and first at Harvard. His athletes helped the Crimson score 60 of the team's 103 points at Heps. He coached the conference champions in the 400m, 500m, 800m and 4x400m relay as well as the runner-up in the long jump at Heps. His runners are ranked No. 1 in the Northeast Region in 500m, 800m and 4x400m relay and second in the 400m, long jump and triple jump.
Not on the broadcast yesterday but check out video of Simi Fajemisin's RECORD-BREAKING triple jump from yesterday! She reached 13.27m (43-6.50) and to win the #IvyHeps title and beat her own record by 6 inches! #GoCrimson pic.twitter.com/waf7ZnxkOL— Harvard T&F | XC (@HarvardTrack_XC) February 25, 2019