Never One to Shy Away From a Challenge


While we were compiling the schedule for this weekend, we noticed that there are going to be a lot of “challenges” for our Ivy crew.  Perhaps it is because a few of the meets have the word “challenge” in their name, but many of these meets or events are going to have competition that will present good challenges to our student-athletes.  But as well try to start pushing them as we slowly approach the championship season.

Here’s what we’re looking at for this weekend:

Weaver Stadium will be the focal point for seven of the eight Ivy schools this weekend, as Princeton hosts the Larry Ellis Invitational.  In recent years, there have been many great athletic battles at this meet.  Part of the reason why is that local pros get the chance to race the talented collegiates, and this year, many track fans are excited about the matchup in the Friday night 1,500m featuring HepsNation alumni Erik Berg, Donn Cabral, Kyle Merber, and Joe Stilin going against former Princeton volunteer coach Robby Andrews and undergrads Thomas Awad and Bradley Paternostro (among others).  Don’t worry – there’s plenty of heat at this meet to appease all fans.  Schedule, entries, and live results are available through Princeton Athletics.

The one Ivy that will not be at Larry Ellis – Harvard.  Instead, they are heading further south to participate in the University of Virginia Challenge & Combined Events.  They will not be alone in the Ivy competition, as Yale will be sending down some of their mid- and long-distance runners and select field events to compete.  Scheduleheat sheets, and live results are available through UVA’s Athletic website.

Dartmouth will be competing on both coasts this weekend.    They will be sending their distance crew to the West Coast to race the infamous Mt Sac Relays, in addition to having a Big Green presence at the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton.  The Mt Sac Relays is a hot bed for national collegiate and professional racing, that’s it’s no surprise when the athletes turn out some championship season qualification performances.  The entry lists are available, and we saw some alumni entered in this meet as well (Liz Costello, Samyr Laine, Conor McCullough, and Montez Blair).  Action technically started yesterday – catch up and continue to follow the meet through their live results website.

Cornell will be hosting their annual Upstate Challenge up in Ithaca, N.Y., where their local rivals will come out on Saturday to battle the Big Red.  We cannot locate a live results link, but their twitter account (@CornellTFXC) does a great job of team updates during the meet.  Schedule and entry information are available on the Cornell Athletics website.

Yale will also be hosting their own invitational on Saturday (yes, they will be quite busy this weekend).  The 2nd annual Mark Young Invitational will be a scored meet that features a lot of local competition.  A meet schedule is available on the Yale Athletics website, but if you’re looking for live results, I’d recommend following Yale on twitter (@YaleTF_XC) for any meet updates.

Lastly in the collegiate competition, a small Harvard contingent will stay to compete in Cambridge, as they head over to neighboring MIT’s Sean Collier Invitational.  We have found the entry lists for Saturday’s competition, and if you’re in the Boston area this weekend, head on over.  The meet starts at 10:15am (schedule).

Boston is going to be a big playground this weekend for running fans, as it is Marathon Weekend.  Thousands of people from all over the world are going to flock to the Boston area for the 119th running of the Boston Marathon (set for Monday – women at 9:32 am ET, men at 10:00 am ET) and other BAA sponsored events.  We know that Morgan Uceny is the women’s headliner for the BAA Invitational Mile (which will be contested tomorrow), as she is a three-time race champion from 2010, 2012, and 2014.  We also know that Steve Mangan and Dan Lowry will be racing in the men’s invitational mile, looking to overtake headliner Chris O’Hare while racing in the BAA colors.   Oh, and Ben True is looking to make history in the BAA 5K as the first man to win three titles at this event (he previously won this in 2011 and 2012).  That race will also go off tomorrow.  But what we DON’T know is if there are any members of HepsNation running the actual Boston Marathon.  If you know of anyone you’d like us to follow over the course of the race, email us their name, where they went to school, and when they graduated, and we will include them in the race report next week.

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