Track and Cross Country
A total of 15 Harvard student-athletes qualified for the NCAA Eastern Preliminary Meet for track and field. After three days of competition, four athletes in five events will advance to the National Outdoor Championships.
Competing in the indoor pentathlon and the outdoor heptathlon, Hughes must juggle sprints, hurdles, jumps, and throws. And throughout the season, she has mastered them all quite well.
Sophomore sprinter Gabby Thomas broke records left and right during the indoor and outdoor track seasons.
Next weekend marks the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, arguably the most important meet of the year.
A six-hour trip to the City of Brotherly Love seems like a small drop in a big bucket. But make no mistake about it—the Penn Relays is not just another track meet. For the Crimson, nine athletes will be taking to 122-year-old, 52,958-seat Franklin Field for this historic event.
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.