Track and Cross Country
For the Harvard track and field team, there’s no such thing as spring break. Only five days after the NCAA Indoor Championships earlier in the week, the teams were back at it again with two meets commencing the start of the outdoor season.
For the group of Harvard representatives, the meet was a successful one overall, with three participants placing in the top 11 of their respective events and those same three going home with All-American awards.
Following an historic Ivy League Heptagonal Championship, the Harvard women’s track and field team will travel to College Station as Texas A&M hosts the NCAA Indoor Championships this Friday. Representing the Crimson in the two-day event will be senior Nikki Okwelogu, sophomore Gabby Thomas, and freshmen Zoe Hughes and Judy Pendergast.
Traveling to the Boston University Track and Tennis Center for the ICAAAA Championships, the quartet—junior James Heckendorn, sophomore Myles Marshall, junior Matt Hurst, and junior Alexander Moore—didn’t just beat the Crimson 4x400 record, it destroyed it.
This weekend, adding to an era of dominance that precedes even the most senior members of the squad, the Crimson traveled to the NYC Armory in New York and handedly brought home a fifth consecutive crown. While the women’s team dashed the next closest competitor, Penn, by 19.67 points to claim first place, the men placed sixth, falling one spot from their 2016 finish of fifth.
Experience being the best teacher, the Harvard track and field team is trying to get as much of it as possible with a mere two weeks left until the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. Friday’s and Saturday's competitions represented the final weekend of meets before the make-or-break event.
Sophomore sprinter Gabby Thomas broke the Harvard school record in the 200-meter dash. The Florence, Mass. native is this week's Athlete of the Week.
Several sprinters and mid-distance runners posted strong performances in Kentucky on a weekend when other members of the squad competed at the Joe Donahue Games 925 miles from Lexington in Roxbury. Members of the field team shone at the event, with many posting personal bests.