Marc Mangiacotti: Complements to speed: What else besides sprinting?

by Track Football Consortium TFC
Marc Mangiacotti: Complements to speed: What else besides sprinting?


What is sprinting? What are the components of sprinting? Focusing on full stride lengths, leaning your body forward, and pushing with power. Five techniques complement sprinting behind the scenes; starting, acceleration, velocity, recovery, and deceleration. 


In this course, Harvard Sprints & Hurdles Associate Head Coach, Marc Mangiacotti, breaks down speed and acceleration with his Philosophy. Mangiacotti then shows the testing and results of his workouts in order to make large strides in speed and acceleration.


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The Coach

Marc Mangiacotti enters his eighth season as an assistant coach with the Crimson in 2019-20. He oversees the men’s sprinters and hurdles for Harvard.

The 2019-20 season was filled with success for Mangiacotti and his athletes. Jovahn Williamson broke his own record in the 400m, while also winning another Ivy League Heps title in the 400m. Mangiacotti led the team to a Ivy League Heps title in the 4x400 (3:13.85), moving the group into sixth in the Harvard record books. First-year Sam Bennett worked his way into third in the record books, as Mangiacotti helped Bennett set a career best 7.98. Mangiacotti's group contributed 64 of the team's record setting 116 at Indoor Heps. 

The 2018-19 season brought more success for athletes under Mangiacotti's tutelage. He had multiple All-Ivy League performers, including sophomore Jovahn Williamson capturing the 400m crown during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Williamson bested teammate Rodney Agyare-May's Harvard record set just one day earlier in the 400m dash, running 46.73 seconds at the Ivy League Outdoor Heps Championships. Both Williamson and Agyare-May were two-time All-Ivy performers in the indoor and outdoor seasons. Mangiacotti also helped the Crimson men's 4x400m squad to win both indoor and outdoor Heps, composed of Kahlil Wassell, Williamson, Agyare-May, and senior Miles Marshall.

In his first season with the Crimson, Mangiacotti saw the men’s sprinters/hurdles record five indoor marks and three outdoor marks that rank within the school’s all-time top 10. He also mentored Jarvis Harris ’15, who broke the Harvard records in the 60 meter hurdles and the 110 meter hurdles in the same season. Mangiacotti also helped two student-athletes garner All-Ivy League honors in 2012-13.


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