Track and Cross Country
Last July, only one Harvard athlete qualified for multiple events at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Her name was Gabby Thomas. At the time, she was barely finished her freshman year in Cambridge. “It’s something that’s hard to do when you’re at her level," said freshman and fellow sprinter Karina Joiner. "Being able to come back to college, after national meets and all the events, and still being so chill.”
Thomas, pictured here at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, holds Harvard records in the indoor 60-, 200-, and 300-meter dashes, as well as in the 4x400 relay. The Florence, Mass., native has competed for the podium all outdoor season and even captured the Ivy League's 100-meter record at the Florida Relays.
Doing just as well on the West Coast as they tend to do on the east, Harvard's sprinters had a standout weekend. The women's 4x100 team finished in 44.87 seconds, the second-fastest time in conference history.
After teaming up seven days ago to defeat Oxford and Cambridge, the Harvard and Yale track teams were rivals once again for the 115th rendition of their annual dual meet on Saturday.
In May of 1899, the Presidents of Oxford and Cambridge Universities in England formally challenged the Harvard and Yale track teams to a meet. 12 consecutive losses to their American rivals and over a century later, they’re probably wishing they hadn’t.
Senior Marisa Romeo from women's lacrosse and sophomore Gabby Thomas from women's track and field bring home this week's Athlete of the Week honors.
For the second straight weekend, members of the Harvard Track and Field team traveled down to Florida for an outdoor meet. This time, they left with a new record in the 100-meter dash, as sophomore Gabby Thomas clocked the fastest collegiate time at the meet.
An impressive weekend for Harvard athletics saw outstanding performances from a number of athletes. Freshman Dean Farris of the men’s swimming and diving team and junior Merrick Madsen of the men’s hockey team were awarded co-Athletes of the Week recognition. However, Gabby Thomas of women’s track and field and Marisa Romeo of women’s lacrosse also had notable performances, earning them Athlete of the Week runners-up honors.
Traveling to the Hurricane Collegiate Invitational on Saturday, the Harvard track and field team traded Boston’s gloomy weather for some Florida sunshine, and, along the way, some old personal records for some new ones as well.
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.