For just the third time in the 72-year history of Heps history, the League’s cross country championship will be held somewhere other than Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.
The 2011 Championships will take place on Saturday, October 29, at the West Windsor Fields on the campus of Princeton University in New Jersey (sign up on Facebook). The move was prompted by the Heps’ coaches, the majority of whom felt ongoing renovations at Van Cortlandt Park have rendered the course unsuitable as a championship venue.
Initially, the Ivy athletic directors approved a move to Franklin Park in Boston, Mass., but that venue was booked during the sport’s championship season.
This is not the first time that the event will take place in Princeton. The 1947 Championship was held at Battlefield Park. The only other time that Heps has been held outside of VCP was 1979 when the event was held at Saucon Valley in Bethlehem, Pa.
For those unfamiliar with this fall’s site, the Princeton cross country program — headed by Phil Felton — have established a website with tons of data, diagrams and photos. Felton, a University professor, also serves as a faculty athletic fellow for the Princeton men’s track team.
Additionally, it would be hard to be as train convenient as VCP, but Princeton truly is. Not only does New Jersey Transit stop at Princeton Junction, there is a little train, locally known as the Dinky, that takes riders on to campus. From there, the West Windsor Fields are a short stroll across a beautiful campus.