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This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Gabby Thomas almost gave up on Harvard before her college career had really begun. Balancing grueling track workouts with a demanding science-heavy class schedule pushed her to the brink freshman year. Then, she did the thing people needing advice do every day: she called her mom.“She just said ‘you’ll be OK, you’ll be fine,’” recalled Thomas of the conversation with her mother, Jennifer Randall, a statistics professor at UMass Amherst, who told her daughter she should give it time. So, Thomas stayed, dived into her studies, and made NCAA history.Today the 5’11’’ sprinter and Atlanta native knows she made the right choice.“Here I am. I am more than fine,” said Thomas, a neurobiology concentrator and a standout track athlete for the Crimson who signed a contract with athletic shoemaker New Balance in October, foregoing her last year of collegiate eligibility to race against the elite in her sport. Currently an assistant coach as she completes her senior year, Thomas still trains with the team, traveling to meets and occasionally running in the professional races that are held alongside collegiate events. She supports the Crimson runners however she can, offering up everything from emotional encouragement to tips on relay handoffs. “Honestly, it’s a lot of fun. I enjoy being there for them in any way that they need it,” she said.“I’ve just had such an amazing experience here,” Thomas said of her Harvard time. “Everything has just gone so well for me, and I am so grateful for every opportunity that I’ve had.”“Gone well” is one way to describe it; others might call it exceptional. During her University career Thomas managed to compete in Olympic qualifying trials in 2016. She also logged multiple personal, Harvard, and Ivy League bests, setting the School and Ivy League records in the outdoor 100-meter and 200-meter dash and the indoor 60-meter dash, and becoming the Ivy League Most Outstanding Track Performer at the league’s outdoor and indoor track and field championships in 2017 and 2018. And she excelled at the triple jump, long jump, and the 4×100- and 4×400-meter relays.But her biggest title, the one that got her seriously thinking about turning pro, came last year at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas. Fresh from a Harvard study abroad summer program in Senegal, Thomas was eager to run. “I was ready to be at Harvard again,” she said. “I was ready to compete with track and I think that really showed.”,She smiles as she recalls her record-breaking 200-meter dash at the national meet last March. An earlier runner had posted a blistering time, meaning Thomas would have to tie the then-NCAA record of 22:40 to win. “All I could do was focus on what I could do in the moment: run as fast as I could and try to win the heat,” she said. “When I saw it was a collegiate record, I couldn’t believe it.” Others appeared just as stunned by her time of 22:38, a personal and NCAA best.She credits her sprint coach and her fellow track athletes with helping her excel at Harvard.“My teammates have inspired me so much since freshman year. Watching senior … Autumne Franklin and junior Jade Miller work so hard really shaped me as an athlete,” said Thomas of the standout sprinters. Now as a leader on the team, the Harvard athletes she watches over continue to motivate her to push herself, she said, “to be a good example.”In her youth, soccer was Thomas’ top sport, but when her high school required that she pick a spring activity, her mother insisted on track. When it came to her studies, Thomas had a “knack for science,” and initially envisioned a career spent researching autism. “It’s close to family, very personal,” she said of the developmental disorder affecting her younger brother.But a Harvard first-year seminar and a summer internship helped point her in a different direction. Through the course came a fuller appreciation of the disadvantages facing African Americans in the nation’s health care system. Research at a local hospital helped her decide that she wasn’t cut out for a life in the lab. She added a secondary in global health and health policy to her concentration and plans to pursue a master’s in public health once she hangs up her running shoes. Eventually, she sees working in health care administration or public policy with a focus on health care disparities.“My work at Harvard changed my perspective,” said Thomas.Evelynn Hammonds, chair of the Department of the History of Science, Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science, and professor of African and African American Studies, worked with Thomas on a global health and health policy independent study project. “I have always been impressed with Gabby’s passion for studying issues of race and health,” said Hammonds. “She always asked very thoughtful questions and clearly wants to look at issues such as health disparities with the aim toward finding solutions to these vexing problems.”But classes and track weren’t the only things keeping Thomas busy. She also carved out time to serve as diversity director for Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business, join the Sab Club, and mentor Cambridge middle schoolers.One of her immediate post-college goals is to train for the USA track and field outdoor championships in July. Top finishers qualify for the World Championships two months later. She is also aiming for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. After that, it’s “really hard to say.”“I never thought I would be going professional until less than a year ago. It just happened so quickly and it was a great opportunity, but I haven’t really thought about that at all. I think I am just going to take it day by day, year by year.”“Looking back,” Thomas added, reflecting on her Harvard time. “I am very happy that I didn’t give up on being here.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.
Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 22 May 2020 10:39 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link15.8kShares Tagliafico has performed brilliantly for Ajax in the Champions League (Picture: Getty)‘Last year we made verbal agreements with Onana, Tagliafico and Van de Beek to stay another season and then we look to help each other and find the next step in their careers,’ he told Reuters.‘Nothing has changed. There won’t be a 50% discount. The clubs can forget about that.’By signing a new left-back, Arsenal hope it will show Saka how important he is to the team – as a winger, his preferred position, rather than a defender – and convince him to sign a new contract.MORE: Chelsea legend Michael Essien raves about Arsenal transfer target Thomas ParteyMORE: Dani Ceballos reveals Arsenal’s Premier League return dateFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Saka only has one year left on his current contract with the Gunners (Picture: Getty)While Arteta has been impressed with how well the youngster has adapted and developed the defensive side of the game, he wants to return Saka to his natural role as a winger.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to The Sun, that has seen Arteta prioritise signing a new left-back to ensure Saka does not end up getting pushed back into the role again next season and he has his eye on Tagliafico.The Argentine has quickly established himself as one of the stand-out left-backs in Europe since moving to Amsterdam in 2018, helping the side win the Eredivisie last season and reach the semi-final of the Champions League.Tagliafico is believed to be open to moving to the Emirates and keen for a new challenge, with the Premier League particularly appealing, though there are a number of clubs interested in signing him.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe likes of Chelsea, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have all been linked with the 27-year-old, who has an agreement allowing him to leave Ajax this summer if a suitable offer is received.Ajax’s asking price is believed to be around £20million and chief executive Edwin van der Sar recently confirmed that the club will not stand in his way if he wants to leave. Advertisement Comment Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta targets Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico to allow Bukayo Saka to flourish The Gunners wonderkid has been forced to deputise in defence this season (Pictures: Getty)Arsenal are ready to make a move for Ajax star Nicolas Tagliafico with Mikel Arteta reportedly eager to bring in a new left-back to allow Bukayo Saka to push further forward.In an often frustrating season, the emergence of 17-year-old Saka has been one of the bright spots of the campaign, with the teenager laying on nine assists in all competitions.However, both Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney in particular have struggled with injury and form, forcing Saka to deputise out of position at left-back.