Track and Cross Country
Could juggling a soccer ball and listening to reggae be the secret ingredients to setting NCAA records and achieving Olympic standards? These activities are what you can find Harvard junior and now NCAA Champion Graham Blanks doing before a race.
Harvard's Graham Blanks Wins History-Making National Title at NCAA Cross Country National Championships
Junior cross country runner Graham Blanks took home the individual national title at the 2023 NCAA Division I Cross Country National Championship race last Saturday, capping off an undefeated season. He is the first male runner from the Ivy League to ever win the race.
The Harvard men’s and women’s cross country teams have had a strong start to the fall season. After competing in the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown, Harvard won both team titles, triumphing over 14 other teams, and had the individual champion in both races as well.
Harvard runners compete in the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Oct. 28, 2022. In that event, the women won the conference while the men came second. Led by then-junior Maia Ramsden and then-sophomore Graham Blanks, these Crimson athletes now captain the 2023-24 teams.
The Harvard track and field team sent ten athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship at the University of Austin in Texas from June 7th through June 10th. Over the course of the four-day competition, the team had three individual champions and broke five school records along the way.
Although junior Maia Ramsden has only competed on the Harvard track and field and cross country teams for two seasons, her name is quickly taking up a lot of real estate in the Harvard Athletics record book.
Harvard track and field has had a dominant three seasons this year, creating a powerhouse within its sprints and distance group. At the head of this distance dominance was sophomore Graham Blanks, a Georgia native who has taken Harvard and the Ivy League by storm.
Theresa Moore is not only a decorated Ivy League track star but a storyteller committed to shedding light on those whose tales have not been told. The former Harvard track and field captain has been an influential member of many communities beyond the track squad, including ESPN and now her own production company, T-Time Productions.
Breaking records left and right, marking new tournament and Ivy League titles in its record book, and sending athletes across the country to take podium places at every meet, Harvard track and field has earned itself the honor of Team of Year — both on paper and in the hearts of its members — who will remember the 2022-23 season as a season like no other.