Less than a month from the Ivy Indoor Heptagonal Championships, the Harvard track and field team has bolstered it’s schedule. Competing in two meets this over the weekend break—prior to next week’s four meets—individual performances and rookies shined in the Crimson Elite and the Scarlet and White Invitational.
Competing against its division rivals at Sunday’s Harvard-Yale-Princeton Meet, the Crimson took second place in both the men’s and women’s divisions, both times falling to Princeton but downing Yale.
Individual performances highlighted Harvard track and field’s latest trip across Beantown, this time to Northeastern. When all the events had finished, the group of athletes that represented Harvard earned third in the men’s division and fifth in the women’s.
Taking to the strips once again for the first time in a month and a half, Harvard traveled to Queens, N.Y., for the St. John’s Invitational, squaring off against some of the top ranked programs in the nation.
Harvard brought home 12 gold medals at its first meet of the indoor season. The women’s team rounded out the evening in second place with 98 points, while the men finished third with 98.
In what is deemed its second toughest tournament of the season, the wrestling team traveled to Evanston, Ill., to compete against the nation's best. Of the group's 14 competitors, six posted points for the team, which finished the two-day tournament in 30th place.
A sprinting squad that was dominated by freshmen and sophomores in 2017 is now managed by most of those same athletes, only with a year more of experience. At the helm of that group is junior sprinter Gabby Thomas. One of the newly elected captains, Thomas has been a menace in the Ivy League for the past two seasons.
The Crimson put the ball grass—more of mud by this point—twice during the game. The Bulldogs picked it up both times.
The Bulldogs have at least two storied traditions. One is losing to Harvard football. The other is staying off the crime-ridden New Haven streets.
With 14 members of the football team hailing from the state of Texas, big games, warm weather, and grit characterize their transition into the Harvard football program.
Since 1992, Harvard has outmatched every single Ivy League opponent in series records save one—Penn. The Quakers have won 17 of the last 26.
Harvard finds itself in a spot few thought that it would be after the first few games of the season: vying for the division's top spot.
After throwing four interceptions in the first 20 minutes, the Crimson roared back for 21 points and survived a late drive. The win vaults Harvard back into the championship race.
Two touchdowns in the final 15 minutes gave the Crimson another win in the coaching rivalry between Tim Murphy and Buddy Teevens.
In order for the Crimson to have a shot at the top spot in the Ivy League, the team needs three things: a perfect record from here on out and losses by Columbia (two) and Princeton (one).