One Weekend to Go

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One more weekend until Indoor Heps.  Also, it is one more weekend until the end of the NCAA qualifying window.

According to the “2015 NCAA Track and Field Championship Qualifying Criteria”, the qualifying period for the indoor track and field season must be made between December 1st and “the second Sunday prior to the national championships.”

NCAAs are on March 13th and 14th this year in Fayetteville, Ark., so the last day to qualify is March 1st.  Only the top 16 declared individuals and top 12 declared relay teams will make the cut.

Right now, we have 7 individuals and 1 relay team within the qualifying cut, with another relay squad lurking in that dreaded “13th” slot:

  • 800m: 13th – Erika Veidis (Harvard), 2:05.80
  • 3,000m: 12th – Thomas Awad (Penn), 7:54.81
  • 3,000m: 8th – Dana Giordano (Dartmouth), 9:07.28
  • DMR: 10th – Columbia men, 9:35.02
  • DMR: 13th – Harvard women, 11:22.53
  • Pole Vault: 15th – Adam Bragg (Princeton), 17-09
  • Triple Jump: 6th – Nadia Eke (Columbia), 43-02 1/2
  • Shot Put: 14th – Stephen Mozia (Cornell), 63-06
  • Shot Put: 14th – Nikki Okwelogu (Harvard), 54-02

While the majority of the top athletes will be taking the weekend off, a few schools will be attempting to get a NCAA qualifier this weekend.  For the last few years, athletes had been trekking to Notre Dame for the Alex Wilson Invitational to get their qualifiers (including in 2013, where ALL 12 men DMR qualifiers came out of that meet, including the eventual national champions of Princeton).  This year will be no different.

The entry sheets are out, and it should not come as a surprise to see a few Ivy teams attempting to get their final qualifiers in.  The Columbia men and Harvard women will be aiming for a better mark in the DMR.  Meanwhile, six individuals are looking for their own qualifiers in either the mile or 800m: Columbia’s Olivia Sadler (mile) and Spencer Haik (mile); Harvard’s Paige Kouba (mile), Molly Renfer (mile), and Erika Veidis (Harvard); and Princeton’s Cecelia Barowski (800m).  All Alex Wilson action will take place tomorrow.

Other Ivy action this weekend:

  • Saturday – Cornell hosting the Deneault Invitational
  • Saturday – Penn at the Haverford Invitational (Havertown, Pa.)
  • Sunday – Princeton hosting the Princeton Invitational (11am)
  • Sunday – Brown and Dartmouth at the USATF New England Championships (Cambridge, Mass.)

If we get more NCAA qualifiers over this weekend, we’ll tell you about it.

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