Last year, this was quite a record breaking weekend in this conference. Four new conference records were set, while another eight performances cracked the top-10 all-time record book listings. Could history repeat itself this weekend? Based on where the Ivy teams are flocking to this weekend, I think there is a chance (but I don’t want to jinx it).
Brown, Harvard, Dartmouth, and Yale are set to appear at the Boston University Terrier Invitational, which will kick off today at 2pm. The Friday afternoon action will focus on the women events, with the men’s distance medley relay to wrap up Day 1. The women’s distance medley relay will start Day 2 at 10:45am on Saturday, followed by all of the men’s events. Full schedule, heat sheets, and live results are available through Lancer Timing’s website. Also, Flotrack will be live streaming the event (available through their FlotrackPro subscription) and collecting interviews with the meet winners. If you recall, it was this meet last year when Dartmouth’s Will Geoghegan and Abbey D’Agostino reset the indoor mile conference records to 3:58.04 and 4:28.31, respectively, as well as Harvard’s Maksim Korolev claimed the conference record in the indoor 5,000m in 13:42.56.
Cornell will be sticking close to home for the second weekend in a row, as they will be hosting the Robert J. Kane Invitational at Barton Hall on Saturday. Originally, Cornell was going to send a contingent to Boston for the Terrier Invitational, but Mother Nature decided that they should stay in Ithaca. Guess this means that Cornell will just burn up the track at home. The full schedule and heat sheets are available through Cornell’s athletics website.
While the BU track is fast, the NYC Armory track could just be a little bit faster. Columbia, Penn, and Princeton are heading there for this weekend’s NYC Armory Invitational. This meet will feature 71 collegiate teams, as well as number of professional athletes and relay squads. Action kicks off today at 10:30am – you will be able to watch this meet FOR FREE through USATF.tv beginning at 10:30am today. There will be a few elite events on the schedule, including the women’s two mile (Liz Costello, Abbey D’Agostino, Ashley Higginson) and men’s mile (Liam Boylan-Pett, Penn’s Thomas Awad) (check out the elite event preview on Flotrack’s website to get the full lowdown, as well as Flotrack’s thoughts of Awad in the mile). The Armory is advertising that the elite men’s Distance Medley Relay (set to go on Saturday, 6:17pm) will be a world record attempt, featuring teams from Kenya, Ireland, USA, and a few speedy collegiate squads. The start lists show that Kyle Merber will be running with his NJ-NY Track Club, as well as Columbia and Princeton have their teams entered. Flotrack is also scheduled to be at the Armory to provide live coverage.
Princeton will also be sending their multi-events to other meets in order to get a full event load in before Indoor Heps. Princeton will be sending their women multi-eventers to Penn State to participate in the PSU National Meet. Live results should be available at this link. Meanwhile, some Princeton men will complete a full heptathlon at their home facility as part of the Princeton Multi-Meet, which will run today and tomorrow. Meet results will be available through Tumey Timing when the meet has concluded.
photo by Doug Austin