Track and Cross Country
The days are getting longer and the sun is finally out. For most Harvard students, this means spring break is just around the corner. For the Crimson track and field teams however, this means that the covered domes and bubbles are being replaced with the open stadiums of the outdoor season.
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.
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.
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.
Three and a half years ago, high school junior sprinter Gabby Thomas didn’t think she was going to make it as a college athlete. Two wildly successful NCAA seasons and an impressive array of records later, the Thomas now has her sights set on loftier goals: a NCAA national title and the 2020 Olympics.
The rookie Milner finished in 10th on the men's side, the first rookie to do so since Timothy Galebach in 2003. Meanwhile, Gillespie led the Harvard women's team with a 43rd-place finish.
Split between coasts for a big weekend of racing, the Harvard cross country women and men separated to race in the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational and the Princeton Invitational. In both races, freshman led the way with Abbe Goldstein pacing the Harvard women in Wisconsin and Hugo Milner carrying the men’s team in New Jersey
Athletics Director Robert L. Scalise called last academic year "the best of times and the worst of times."
A widely-publicized incident last year at Harvard Athletics has become a subject of study for the department’s neighbors at Harvard Business School.