Track and Cross Country
Led by strong performances from freshman Gabby Thomas and sophomore Jay Hebert, the Harvard track and field teams set a number of personal records at the annual HYP meet this weekend.
In its third weekend of action this year, the Harvard track and field teams gave a number of stellar performances while competing at the Rod McCravy Invitational and Joe Donahue Games.
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 teams claimed nine first place finishes at the Southern Tier Collegiate Invite in Ithaca, N.Y. The meet gave the Crimson a chance to showcase its depth through strong performances by veteran runners and rookies.
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.
Nicky Maxwell, a College freshman, will become the first NCAA-certified athlete in track and field history to compete with a prosthetic running device when he makes his debut for the Harvard men’s team in January.
Ask freshman sprinter Nicky Maxwell about his prosthetic device, and he will tell you that he "likes to have a little fun with it."
Select members of the Harvard men’s and women’s track and field teams opened up their season this weekend as the Crimson made the short journey to crosstown rival Boston University to participate in the BU Season Opener.
When sophomore Courtney Smith ran at Tom Sawyer Park at the University of Louisville at the NCAA National Cross Country Championships this Saturday, she carried the weight of the entire Harvard cross country program on her shoulders.
Although many Crimson supporters will be wholly focused upon “The Game” between the Harvard and Yale football teams this coming weekend, there are a few other Crimson squads that have competitions this weekend with major NCAA implications.
The Crimson men’s and women’s cross country teams both competed at regionals this weekend, races that offered opportunities to obtain team and individual qualification to the national championships. The women finished sixth overall, while the men ranked eighth, falling short of the top-two team finishes required for an automatic berth.
The Harvard cross country teams fell short of their goals of competing for an Ancient Eight title after both the men’s and women’s sides finished seventh at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, but the women’s team performance was anchored by another strong outing from sophomore Courtney Smith.
In its final tune-up meet before the Ivy League Championships, the Harvard cross country team struggled against a field comprising many of the top teams in the nation. Racing at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational in Madison, Wis., the men’s team took 32nd out of 36 teams, while the women finished 26th.
On Friday at the Coast to Coast Battle of Beantown at Franklin Park in Boston, Harvard cross country emerged from two crowded fields to earn a pair of top-10 finishes.