JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Harvard outdoor track and field team had three student-athletes qualify for the NCAA Championships on day two of the NCAA East Preliminary Meet in Jacksonville, Fla. on Friday. This is the most the Harvard men's team has qualified for the NCAA Championships (four) since Jason Saretsky, The William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country, has taken over at Harvard.
The first to qualify was Myles Marshall, who would run a 1:48.23 to claim the top spot in the men's 800m. The Ivy League indoor and outdoor 800m champion tied his season-best, that he set at outdoor Heps.
Shortly after, Sam Welsh would place third in the men's discus to continue his season and qualify him for the NCAA Championships. His mark of 59.24 is a new PR and solidifies his spot at No. 2 on the Harvard record book.
The last to qualify was Will Battershill, who closed the day with an 8:44.36-second finish in the men's 3000m steeplechase. The time breaks Darin Shearer's '96 record of 8:45.02 set at Ivy Heps in 1996 and puts him in the 10th qualifying spot.
Also competing was Alana Carroll, who placed 24th in the women's pole vault with a mark of 3.92m (12-10.25).
Harvard is back in action tomorrow (May 25) for the final day at the NCAA East Regional, live on FloTrack. The Crimson has four student-athletes competing on the final day and looking to punch their ticket to Austin, Texas for the NCAA Championships June 5-8 - Anna Juul (1500m), Abbe Goldstein (5000m), Kieran Tuntivate (5000m) and Simi Fajemisin (Triple Jump).