This weekend marks the official start of the 2013-14 indoor track and field season. Seven of the eight schools will kick off their indoor season at some point this weekend, with the season being in full gear come mid-January. The Ivy League season will hit its peak in the first weekend of March at the 2014 Heptagonal Indoor Track and Field Championships in Hanover, N.H, as the Cornell men and Harvard women look to defend their team titles. The indoor season ends the weekend of March 14th and 15th at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. We share a compiled conference meet schedule (with links to additional meet details, if available) in the cut below.
We will provide more information about Indoor Heps as the championship gets closer, but the early rumors tell us that the performances will be better as the Leverone Field House underwent some facility improvements this past summer. Dartmouth’s women head coach Sandy Ford-Centonze shared in a Dartmouth’s athletics feature that ”the entire facility is enhanced tremendously. This new surface will reduce the strong impact on the athletes’ legs and feet, as well as producing good times.” This year’s Indoor Heps will also be different in previous year due to the change in championship format, as the sprints/hurdles preliminary rounds, 500-meter, 1,000-meter, and 4×800-meter relay races have been dropped and the 200-meter (men) and distance medley relay (women) have been added. This was done by League coaches in order to match the same format contested at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Don’t yell at us – we just report the news.
Until then, we have approximately 3 months to get ready for this change. And the best way to get ready is to follow the teams. Check out the schedule below and see if any races are near you.