Track Captain Hammers at New Bests

Published by Max N. Brondfield on January 28, 2010 at 3:10AM

The early indoor track season can seem monotonous. Countless meets and invitationals take place each weekend, while competitors look far ahead to conference championships. But Harvard track captain Jack Brady has found a way to keep the season interesting—just reach a few milestones.

The senior shot putter and weight thrower has improved dramatically over the course of the season, as evidenced by his performance at the Harvard Select Meet last Saturday. The Crimson standout not only won both weight events in the same competition for the first time in his career, but also set personal bests in each. Brady’s heave of 16.53 meters in the shot put once again put him well over the IC4A qualifying mark, as did his throw of 18.20 meters with the hammer.

Although Brady remains almost a meter off the NCAA provisional mark in both events, his strong efforts early in the season bode well for further improvement. His coach is grateful not just for the boost in points that Brady provides each week, but also for the good example his captain has set, with or without a weight in his hand.

“[Brady] has been a great leader both as a captain and as a role model for being a dedicated student-athlete,” Harvard coach Jason Saretsky said. “He wants to put his best foot forward, and for him to have this kind of season as a senior, I’m really happy for him.”

Fortunately for Brady and the Crimson, it seems that the senior’s best has yet to come. With over a month until IC4A’s, the captain has plenty of chances to improve on his personal mark.