Mixing It Up With the Powerhouses

New York City will be hosting one of the largest indoor track meets for collegians this weekend, where two-hundred colleges and universities from across the country will compete.  The New Balance Collegiate Invitational is bringing in some of the traditional track and field powerhouses (like Arkansas, Texas, Texas A&M, and Wheaton College) to set national qualifying marks all over the NYC Armory.  However, Columbia, Dartmouth, Penn, and Princeton are looking to show these other schools to not count out anyone from the Ivy League.  The meet will start on Friday 2/3 at 10:25am with the Women’s 3000m Eastern race, and conclude on Saturday 2/4 6pm with the Men’s 4×400 Championship.  Flotrack will be there to interview the athletes and share race videos over the course of the two days.  A live webcast will be available at ArmoryTrack.com through NBCI, beginning at 2:30pm on Friday.

Elsewhere in the League…

– Yale will be hosting their annual Geigengack Invitational on both Friday and Saturday. The two-day non-scoring competition will begin on Friday at 5:00 p.m. with the field events and conclude on Saturday around 5:30p.m.  Penn is also scheduled to compete at Geigengack, as well as many other teams from the northeast region.

– Harvard will be hosting the Battle of Beantown on Friday, challenging MIT, Boston University, and Northeastern to see who deserves the coveted beanpot trophy.  The Crimson women have won the meet for the last three years, whereas the Crimson men won the trophy in both 2009 and 2010.

– Members of the Cornell and Princeton’s squads will travel to Penn State on Saturday to compete in the Sykes & Sabock Invitational.  The rest of the Cornell teams will participate in the Ithaca College Indoor Bomber Invitational.

– The Brown teams will head down on Saturday to Kingston, RI to participate in the Tribute to Charlie Torpey, a new meet established to remember and celebrate the life of Charles Torpey, a former La Salle head cross country and track & field coach who passed away July 1, 2011 at the age of 58.

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