One thing that helps the Ivy League stand apart from any other conference in the nation is its sense of tradition. We still keep small scoring meets on our schedules (granted, they aren’t as frequent as they used to be), allowing the fans to witness great team battles BEFORE the championship season begins at Outdoor Heps. One of these small scoring meets that will take place tomorrow is considered the oldest collegiate rivalry in the country. But even if the teams will not be at once of these small scoring meets, they will not be shying away from competition.
The Ivy highlight of the weekend will be the 113th edition of the Harvard/Yale outdoor track dual meet, the oldest collegiate track rivalry in the USA. This year, Harvard will be hosting the battle at the McCurdy Outdoor Track. The Harvard squads swept this meet last year (the men for the fourth straight year, the women the seventh straight year). While team pride is on the line, this meet will serve as the selection process for another Ivy League tradition – the international dual meet of Harvard/Yale and Oxford/Cambridge that will take place at Oxford University on June 29th. Dual meet action will start at 12:30pm on Saturday (Schedule).
Princeton will be hosting their own small scoring meet as well, as they will compete against Rutgers, Monmouth, and Vermont as a quad meet on Saturday (Schedule | Live Results). Monmouth claimed both meets at the 2014 edition of the quad meet, but the highlight for the Tigers were the new school records in the triple jump by 2014 graduates Damon McLean and Imani Olivier and a new hammer throw conference and New Zealand national record by Julia Ratcliffe (228-04). Meanwhile, two current Princeton athletes, Adam Bragg and Nana Owusu-Nyantekyi, are scheduled to compete on Saturday at the Tennessee Relays (Live Results).
The other Ivies will be either attending or hosting larger invitationals as a means to switch up the faces of their competition before it gets to Heps (although they will be seeing some conference rivals at these meets). Brown will be hosting their first of two outdoor invitationals of the 2015 season on Saturday – the Brown Invitational (Schedule | Heat Sheets). The meet will pull in talent from all across the New England region and all NCAA Division levels. Last year, the Bears nabbed 14 event wins, highlighted by Kebbeh Darpolor’s winning discus toss that first entered her into the Ivy League record books (165-04). The other Ivies will be heading south for the weekend (well, south of their respective school locations anyways). Columbia and Cornell will be sending most of their squads to the Bucknell Outdoor Classic on Saturday and Sunday (Schedule | Live results), with the rest of their teams joining Dartmouth and Penn at the George Mason Spring Invitational on Saturday (Schedule).
photo by Brian Panoff