Fifteen days to go. For many of our Ivy athletes, this will be their last major competition weekend before Indoor Heps. We may some season debuts in the distance events. We may see some more changes to the conference record books. We will see some fierce competition though, which could provide a final glimpse of what to expect in 15 days.
Almost all of the Ivies will be flocking to the snow-covered Boston area this weekend. Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, and a few Harvard runners will be returning to Boston University for the Valentine’s Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Last year, the Valentine’s Invitational was VERY kind of Ivy athletes but not so kind to the Ivy record books. If you have a FlotrackPro account, you can watch the meet webcast. On the other side of the city, Harvard will be hosting Yale and Princeton for their annual tri-meet. The Princeton men are looking to extend their HYP winning streak to 24 in a row, while the Harvard women want to earn their first consecutive wins since the late 1990s/early 2000s when they won 6 HYPs in a row (1998 to 2003). UPDATE – Harvard has announced that the HYP meet will now start at 10am on Saturday (originally set for 11am), and all events contested will start an hour earlier than what was shown on the original schedule.
Due to the recent snowfalls and the high attendance/participation counts for these athletic areas, both schools have released parking advisories (Harvard | Boston University). Also, those meteorologists are predicting more snow in Boston tomorrow (it’s not the groundhog’s fault, I swear!). So please, travel and park safely.
Cornell will be splitting up their squads again this weekend. Most of their athletes will be heading to Ohio to participate in the Spire D1 Invitational on Saturday (we remember this meet for some other reasons, dating back to 2013), but Cornell will be hosting another invitational at home, the Sunday Invitational, where a number of their athletes will also get the chance to compete.
Penn will be sending their squads to the Monmouth Winter Collegiate Open on Saturday, while Penn’s Thomas Awad will be seeking a NCAA qualifying time in the 3,000m as a part of the Millrose Games at the NYC Armory on Saturday night. From our research, Awad will be the only Ivy undergraduate participating at the meet, but he will be joined by a number of Ivy alumni in the feature events (Liam Boylan-Pett, Donn Cabral, Will Geoghegan, Johnny Gregorek, Ashley Higginson, Kyle Merber, and Morgan Uceny). You can follow the meet through a webcast at USATF.tv or on TV at NBC SportsNetwork. UPDATE – we received word that Columbia’s 4×400 will also be racing in the collegiate relays, so keep an eye out for those Lions!
Other athletes chasing NCAA times: Jordan Mann and Henry Tufnell of Brown. They’ll be the only Ivy representatives at the Iowa State Classic, a meet that has produced many fast times in recent years .
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