It was announced at the beginning of the season that a new qualification procedure will take place for NCAA Nationals – essentially, only the top 16 in any event make it in. No automatic qualifiers, no provisionals, just top 16 (CORRECTION: top-16 individuals, top-12 relays). Based on that standard, we tried to figure out which Ivy League performances so far this season would get in, are on the bubble, or would need a bit of help to make that cut.
This weekend is the last chance for any athlete to qualify for the NCAA National meet, taking place March 8th and 9th in Fayetteville, Ark. For the majority of these athletes, this weekend is their last indoor competition for the year. The following meets below are some of the sanctioned meets for NCAA qualifying purposes for this weekend that we know some Ivy League representation will be present. For a full listing, check out USTFCCCA.
– Columbia Final Qualifier: March 1st and 2nd, New York, N.Y. (New Balance Armory); Flotrack coverage
UPDATE: The Friday night portion of the Columbia Qualifier is FREE to fans at The Armory. The 5k tomorrow night will feature: Lopez Lomong, Evan Jager, Andrew Bumbalough, Matt Tegenkamp, Chris Derrick and Elliott Heath. FREE!
Heat sheets Attending teams: Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton, Yale
Heat sheets Attending teams: Brown, Dartmouth, Princeton
– ECACs/IC4As: March 1st thru 3rd, Boston, Mass. (Boston University)
UPDATE: Live stats Attending teams: Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Yale
NOTE: Cornell is defending team champion for both the ECAC and IC4A meets. Could they repeat?
If you have some time, feel free to watch the following Flotrack video about this weekend (spoiler: they name-drop some Ivy League graduates as possible last qualifiers).
We will update this page as more information comes available.
But for anyone attending any of these meets this weekend – first of all, good luck! – and secondly, feel free to share stories, pictures, results or tweets with us. We’ll forward them along to here or elsewhere into the Twitterverse.