This is the first weekend of 2015 where all eight schools are scheduled to compete somewhere across this big country of ours. Who cares if the weather people are calling for more snow/freezing rain for this weekend? If we can survive multiple Heps Cross Country championships in snow and sleet, and have previous conference match-ups continue due to other major snowstorms, we can expect the Ivies to be racing this weekend. After all, more and more athletes are set to make their indoor season debuts, and we as fans will start to form some theories as how Indoor Heps (which is a little over a month away!) is going to turn out.
Ivy action will begin this afternoon as the Brown teams will be trekking up to Boston this afternoon for the Joe Donahue Boston Collegiate Indoor Games (hosted by Northeastern at the Reggie Lewis Center). Action is set to begin at 2:30pm with the men’s and women’s shot put, while the track action is set for 4:30pm. Performance lists and the full meet schedule are available through Northeastern’s website.
Cornell will be hosting the two-day Upstate Challenge at their legendary Barton Hall. Like last week’s Beantown Challenge, Day 1 (aka today) will focus on the multi-events, while the main event and the continuation of the men’s heptathlon is set for Day 2 (aka tomorrow). The multi-meet is scheduled to start at 4:30pm. Saturday’s action is set for 9:30am (men’s heptathlon) while the rest of the meet events are set for 1pm.
Harvard will be winning this weekend’s “long-distance award” as they are sending a number of sprinters and field eventers to compete at the Lobo Collegiate Track and Field Open in Albuquerque, N.M. tomorrow. This is a loaded meet, as Harvard is scheduled to compete against Arizona, Portland State, Houston (#18 men), and Texas (#8 men; #5 women). Action will start on Saturday at 9am MT (11am ET). Live results should be available tomorrow at this link.
Princeton will be hosting a number of Mid-Atlantic schools, including conference competition from Penn, at the 2015 Tiger Open. The meet is set for a 10am start time tomorrow. Performance lists and the full meet schedule are available through Princeton’s website, and you can follow the live results through TumeyTiming.com.
But this weekend’s highlight feature is Yale hosting conference rivals Columbia and Dartmouth for their annual tri-meet. The field events will start at 10:30am while the running events are scheduled for 11am. Last year, the Dartmouth men and Columbia women won the meet up in Hanover, N.H.
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