By the end of this weekend, all of the Ivy schools will have started their 2015 outdoor season. The teams will be scattered all across the country, as Cornell is still in the midst of their spring break training trip in California and other schools are travelling to North Carolina and Texas to participate in one very early season relay carnivals. Last year, HepsNation wasted little time in breaking conference marks or getting to the top of the NCAA event rankings during this weekend. Let’s see if it can happen again…
The Texas Relays are currently underway, as multi-event action started yesterday and the official track portions will start this afternoon. Harvard and Cornell are scheduled to have athletes participate in this carnival and you can follow the action through the official Texas Relays live stats website.
Cornell will have the bulk of their teams stick around in California to participate in the University of California-Riverside Invitational, which begins today. Cornell will be representing the East Coast at this meet as they are the easternmost school that is scheduled to compete.
Meanwhile, Brown and Dartmouth will be heading to the Raleigh Relays, hosted by North Carolina State University. In recent years, this meet has been turning into a great early season fast time location for many athletes from the East Coast. This meet also has a live stats website where you can follow the action, which begins tomorrow.
Columbia, Penn, and Princeton will also be staying closer to home on Saturday. Columbia will be making its 2015 debut at the Stony Brook Invitational. Penn will be venturing south to the University of Maryland Invitational, while Princeton will be sending a select few to the Monmouth University Season Opener.
And if that isn’t enough, we still have one athlete that is trying to hold onto his cross country season – Maksim Korolev (Harvard ’14, Stanford graduate student) will be representing Team USA at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Guiyang, China on Saturday. Korolev is the only member of the men’s senior team who has yet to compete at a World XC championship, but given his success these last two years in cross country, he could be a good team contributor. Letsrun.com’s Robert Johnson (Princeton ’96, former Cornell distance assistant coach from 2002 to 2013) has written some meet and team previews and will be on site for the meet itself.
If anyone is attending any of these competitions in person this weekend, feel free to share any images or videos with us if you’d like to see them published on this website (either tag us on Twitter @hepstrack or email us with the files or YouTube links).