Outdoor Track and Field has Five Qualify for NCAA Championships at NCAA East Regional

Photo by: Svenne Juul
Photo by: Svenne Juul

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Harvard outdoor track team had five individuals qualify for the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships during the NCAA East Regional in Jacksonville, Fla. from May 23-25. 

On the last day of competition, the Crimson's Anna Juul would place second in her 1500m heat, solidifying her spot in the NCAA Championships. Juul would run a personal-best 4:20.02 in the heat, improving on her own third-best 1500m time in Harvard history. 

Abbe Goldstein competed in the women's 5000m, placing 21st with a time of 16:38.31. Also running in the 5000m was Kieran Tuntivate, who placed 44th with a time of 15:33.27.

The Harvard men's team had four individuals qualify for the NCAA Championships, the most since the Crimson had seven qualify in 1964. The five total qualifiers by the track and field team are the most since the Crimson had five qualify for the 2016 NCAA Championships. 

On Thursday, Erick Duffy qualified with a mark of 5.31m (17-5) to place ninth at the meet. His mark is the second-best of his collegiate career and he was the top Ivy finisher at the regional. 

Then on Friday, Harvard had three student-athletes punch their tickets to Austin, Texas. First, Myles Marshall ran 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. Lastly, Will Battershill closed the day for the Crimson 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. 

What's Next
The five who qualified will head to Austin, Texas for the NCAA Championships from June 5-8.