The Harvard men's and women's track teams will attempt to prove this weekend that there is an "I" in "team."
The Crimson begins competition today at George Mason University, where the men will be competing at the IC4A's, and the women will be vying for individual glory at the ECAC's.
"I'm very excited about this weekend because of how well we did last weekend [at the Heptagonal Championships]," said junior Marna Schutte. "The ECAC's are always a good meet, and there's always really good competition there."
Only a handful of Crimson tracksters will be appearing at their respective meets this weekend. Several Harvard athletes could not attend because they either missed the qualifying marks by only a few milliseconds during the season or chose to stay on campus to prepare for final exams next week.
Two of the Crimson's finest track stars seem strong contenders for placing in their individual events at the ECAC's.
In the field events, junior powerhouse Dora Gyorffy, who won Outstanding Female Athlete of the Meet honors last weekend at Heps, will be seeking to continue her career season this weekend. At Heps, she won both the high jump (1.90 meters) and the triple jump (12.99 meters).
Junior co-captain Brenda Taylor, who has served as one of Harvard's pillars both on and off the track this year, also performed well last weekend at Heps. Even though a hamstring injury prevented her from running on the record-setting 4x100 relay team, she set school records of her own. She became the first Harvard woman to break the 12-second barrier in the 100-meter sprint, finishing in 11.97.
"Dora and Brenda probably have the best chance of anyone else on the team of winning their event," Schutte said.
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