Indoor Track & Field Launches Season with Crimson Opener

Jovahn Williamson rounds the corner of the 2019 Ivy League Heps Championships.
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's and women's indoor track and field teams will get the 2019-20 season underway this weekend with the Crimson Opener at the Gordon Indoor Track on Sat., Dec. 7. Field events will begin at 12:30 p.m. while running events will start at 3:00 p.m. Four teams will compete, as Harvard will host Ivy League foe Dartmouth in addition to Northeastern and Albany.

Five field events (Weight Throw, Shot Put, Long Jump, High Jump and Pole Vault), four running events (60m Hurdles, 60m Dash, 600m Dash and 300m Dash) and one relay (Mile) will be contested. The full schedule of events can be seen here and the meet will be broadcast on ESPN+. 

Crimson Opener Information
Venue: Gordon Indoor Track
Date: December 7, 2019
Field Events: 12:30 p.m. | Running Events: 3:00 p.m.
Schedule of Events

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What to Know

  • Twenty-nine Harvard student-athletes were named to the All-Ivy League last year across both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
  • The Crimson women placed second at the Indoor Ivy League Heptagonal Championships and the men finished in third.
  • Two All-Americans return to Cambridge from last season for Harvard: senior Simi Fajemisin earned the distinction in the triple jump during the indoor season and sophomore Sam Welsh was honored in the discus in the outdoor campaign.
  • Harvard's first meet of the season is at home for the first time since 2013-14.
  • The Crimson Opener will mark the first meet of the season for all four teams competing.

Last Time Out

Harvard sent five competitors to the NCAA National Championships in Austin, Texas in June. Leading the Crimson was first-year Sam Welsh, placing sixth to earn First-Team All America honors.

At the Helm

Jason Saretsky begins his 14th season at the helm of men's and women's track and field and cross country programs at Harvard in 2019-20. 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 42 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 Women's Northeast Region Coach of the Year for four straight seasons between 2014-2017.