Gabby Thomas Earns Top Collegiate Finish

UPDATED: April 5, 2017 at 2:38pm

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.

The team split to three different places. While the majority took to Florida, several others traveled to New Haven and Stanford.


The third meet of the weekend was exclusively for the field competitors. Taking to New Haven, Conn., for the Mark Young Invitational hosted by Yale, the two teams each racked up several top 10 finishes.


For the men, it was exclusively underclassmen that competed. In the throwing events, freshman Gunnar Allison represented the group in shot put, discus, and the hammer throw. The freshman took top ten finishes in the two former. In shot put, Allison claimed the 10th place position with his first throw, a 13.51-meter heave. It was his fifth throw in discus that would be his best, earning him the sixth place spot with a toss of 45.57 meters.

Competing also in the hammer throw was senior teammate Josh Whitener. For him, the first throw was his best, the hammer flying 50.43 meters and Whitener claiming the sixth place medal.

Freshmen led the team in the rest of the field events. In his outdoor debut, freshman Donagh Mahon claimed the bronze medal in high jump. It was his fourth of five that landed him the number three spot, clearing a height of 1.94 meters.

Competing in pole vault was freshman Ian West who took fifth place on his second attempt. West cleared 4.55 meters to earn his spot on the podium.

The women’s half of the meet was highlighted by junior Marlena Sabatino competing in pole vault. The veteran earned a second place finish with a 3.80-meter jump, getting close to her own school record, a record set at the very same campus last year. Sophomore Nicole Trenchard, also competed in pole vault claiming the fourth position with a 3.65 jump. Both efforts, Sabatino and Trenchard’s, land them among the top 10 finishes in the event in program history.

“It is inspiring to compete alongside so many high caliber athletes,” Trenchard said. “I can't imagine a time to be prouder to wear the Harvard H on our chests.”

Long jumper, junior Floriane Kameni, also got on the board leaping 5.33-meters. With the jump, Kameni placed fourth in as many tries.


In a long distance centered meet, four racers traveled to Palo Alto, Calif., to compete against several top Division I programs including Ole Miss, Washington, and Baylor.

Leading off for the group were two runners in the 1500-meter run. Junior Gabe Montague represented the men’s team and finished in eighth with a time of 3:56.36. On the women’s half of the event, freshman Brooke Starn took 11th.