This weekend is going to be the last action-packed weekend for all of the teams until HepsXC in two weeks. For many of the Ivy teams, this will be their last hard races before HepsXC (aside: planning to come to HepsXC? We have event details available – let us know on facebook and spread the word to fellow members of HepsNation). The Ivy League will be travelling across the country, from Wisconsin to Rhode Island to New Jersey to Indiana. For many of these teams, their success at these events can impact their national qualification standings. Here are the details on who to look for at which location.
Weekend action kicks off on Friday, where eight squads will travel to Madison, Wis., for the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational. This meet will feature what many athletic websites are calling “a NCAA D1 Championship preview” as 19 men and 22 women teams ranked in the national top 30 are scheduled to compete. The Columbia, Cornell, #24 Dartmouth, and Harvard woman will race the 6km championship race at noon ET (11:00am CT), while the Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard, and #24 Princeton men teams will race the 8km championship race at 12:45pm ET (11:45am CT). Flotrack will be providing live streaming coverage of the championship races through their subscription FlotrackPro online service. Live results, featuring live on-course updates, will be available through this link for those who would rather take a free option.
Later on Friday afternoon, Brown will be hosting Dartmouth at the Rothenberg Run at Goddard State Park in Warwick, R.I. The event was named in honor for former Brown coaches Bob and Anne Rothenberg, who are still quite active on the local high school track and field/cross country scene. The men will race the 8km at 3:00pm while the women will race the 5km at 3:40pm.
On Saturday, five Ivy schools will get a HepsXC course preview at the Princeton Invitational. The event will feature both open and championship races – the women’s 6km championships is set for 11:15am while the men’s 8km championship is set for 12:45pm. Columbia, Cornell men, Harvard, and Penn are scheduled to join Princeton for these races.
Also on Saturday will be the ISU Pre-Nationals Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind., which will provide a NCAA D1 Championship course preview for the teams that are set to compete. Even though there will not be as many ranked teams at this invitational as there will be in Wisconsin, it will not be any less competitive as the featured teams are #1 Colorado men (who are the defending NCAA champions), #2 Michigan women, #3 Georgetown women, and #5 Oregon men and women. There will be three races for each gender – Blue, White, and Open. Princeton and Yale have been assigned to the women’s 6km Blue race that is set for 11:00am ET, while Cornell and Yale were assigned to the men’s 8km Blue Race that is set for 11:35am ET. Flotrack will also be providing live streaming coverage of the championship races through their subscription FlotrackPro online service.