Track and Cross Country
Seniors Paige Kouba and Autumne Franklin, sophomore Courtney Smith, and freshman Gabby Thomas all came away from the weekend with times that put them in the running for a bid to represent the United States this August in Rio de Janeiro.
Paige Kouba, co-captain of the Harvard women’s track and field team, is no stranger to the Olympic Trials. After all, each year they’re held in Eugene, Oregon—her hometown—and Kouba has attended the last two contests as a volunteer, helping to carry gear for the athletes.
This past weekend at the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C., Thomas set three new Ivy records, the most notable being a then-NCAA best time of 23.18 seconds in the 200-meter dash—good enough to automatically qualify for the 2016 Olympic Trials.
Continuing its blazing outdoor season, the Harvard women’s track and field team set three new Ivy and five school records this weekend at the Raleigh Relays.
The Harvard track and field team kicked off its outdoor season this past weekend with a bevy of strong individual performances at the TCU Invitational.
The Harvard track and field team set a number of personal bests and Ivy League records at the IC4A/ECAC Championships, hosted Saturday and Sunday at Boston University. Only 12 Harvard athletes were chosen to compete at the event, which featured athletes from more than 40 schools across the region.
This weekend, the Harvard women brought home its fourth straight Ivy Championship—capping off an undefeated indoor Ivy career for the team’s seniors. Meanwhile, the men tied their result from last year by rallying near the close of the meet to a fifth-place finish.
The Crimson men’s and women’s track and field teams had an impressive home opener with the women’s team placing first in the Beantown Challenge for the the fifth consecutive year and the men’s team placing third.
The Harvard men’s and women’s track and field squads kicked off their seasons on Friday with a combined nine event wins at the Southern Tier Collegiate Invite in Ithaca, N.Y. Solid performances from consistent contributors and recent newcomers alike showcased the team’s depth across the board.