Final weekend before Outdoor Heps. Traditionally, this weekend is a quieter weekend than average as many teams will be resting before the conference championships. This weekend will not be too much different on the undergraduate levels. But we do have some great graduate/pro action lined up for tomorrow and Sunday.
Cornell will be hosting their Cornell Outdoor Invitational today and tomorrow at the Robert J Kane Complex. The meet will feature many of their nearby rivals like Buffalo, Syracuse, and local professional athletes. The entry list is available, and it looks like some of their top Heps scorers will be resting while others will be competing in their non-traditional events as a final tuneup or in their main events to get a better seed placement. Action begins tonight at 6pm with the hammer throw, followed by the long distance events. Saturday action will begin at 11am with the remaining throwing events.
Meanwhile, Columbia and Penn will be heading to Princeton for the Princeton Open. This will be a bigger meet that features schools from a wider areal coverage (from our quick peek, we saw Connecticut runners listed in the performance list), but many of the top Ivy sprinters will be facing off one last time. Action begins today at 2pm with the hammer throw, while Saturday action will start at 10am with the javelin throw.
If you need more track action this weekend, look to the warm climate zones. The annual Payton Jordan Invitational is a highlight on the calendar for many West Coast-based and professional athletes, of which many of those scheduled to compete this weekend have Ivy League ties. Historically, many athletes have reached various qualifying standards – ranging from NCAA preliminary round to IAAF World qualifiers – at this meet. From our initial look of the entry lists, we spied recent Ivy athletes Peter Callahan (Princeton-New Mexico), Waverly Neer (Columbia-Oregon), and Maksim Korolev (Harvard-Stanford) intermingling with Ivy pros of Ben True, Joe Stilin, Megan Krumpoch, Abbey D’Agostino, Liz Costello, Carrie Dimoff, Alexi Pappas, Ashley Higginson, Ethan Shaw, and newly declared pro Sammy Silva. If you want to watch the meet, head over to Flotrack and sign up for their FlotrackPro service as they will be covering the meet live (for a fee). But other alumni action will be taking place down in the Bahamas, where Kyle Merber will be a part of Team USA’s Distance Medley Squad for the IAAF World Relays Championships. Letsrun.com’s preview of the DMR showed that Team USA has a good chance of winning their event as international distance powerhouse Kenya will not be sending as strong of a team as initially feared (full entry lists are available online). You will be able to watch the meet on TV if you have the Universal Sports Network or online through the live stream at UniversalSports.com from 7 to 10pm ET on both Saturday and Sunday.
Good luck to all athletes this weekend, and can’t wait to see you compete at Heps next weekend! Speaking of which, who is planning to go?