Track and Cross Country
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.
The women's team won the Beantown Challenge thanks to strong performances in pole vault, shot put, and 60-meter dash, among other events.
After reports in The Crimson prompted administrative action against Harvard athletic teams, allegations of similar practices on men's athletics teams at four other colleges and universities have spurred administrative action.
While Joey Colton took home athlete of the week honors this week after leading men’s water polo to its first NCAA Tournament berth, four other Harvard student-athletes had notable performances for their respective teams, earning this week’s Athlete of the Week runners-up honors.
The Crimson came in 26th place overall with 551 points, again making history. This was the Harvard team’s best finish since 1983, when the team finished 13th out of a total 16 teams.
Junior Courtney Smith, an All-American first team selection, will have all eyes on her as she looks to get another first place finish and carry her team to another victory. She has had the past two weeks to rest and prepare herself for the intense competition and course that is sure to come this weekend.
This weekend at the NCAA Regionals, the Harvard women’s cross country team (29-17, 6-3 Ivy League), along with sophomore Kieran Tuntivate from the men’s team, will look to continue to make history two weeks after a strong showing at Heps in which the women placed first and the men had a Top 10 finish.
Harvard’s Athletics Director has asked the Office of the General Counsel to review the men’s cross country team after The Crimson reported former men’s runners produced “sexually explicit” spreadsheets about members of the women’s team.
The Harvard men’s cross country team produced yearly spreadsheets about members of the women’s team, sometimes writing “sexually explicit” comments about them, according to team correspondence obtained by The Crimson.