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This weekend marks the final weekend for undergraduates to qualify for NCAA Regionals/Preliminary Round that will be held the week of May 25th down in Jacksonville, Fla.  There are still many more conference championships that are taking place this weekend, so we will not be predicting yet who will make the Preliminary Round cut or not.  However, you can follow the Ivy League action as these athletes try to get a qualifying mark or get a final good performance to close out their season or undergraduate careers (**wipes away a tear at thought of graduation**)

The majority of the Ivy League will be heading to Princeton to compete in the ECAC/IC4A Championships.  Heptathlon, decathlon, and long-distance action will begin on Friday afternoon, but the bulk of the action will be on Saturday and Sunday.  Lancer Timing will be timing and providing live results for the meet – you can check out the meet schedule here.

Meanwhile, Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, and Harvard will be sending some of their athletes to Lowell, Mass., to participate in the New Balance Boston Twilight Meet.  In recent years, this meet has served some great qualify mid- to long-distance racing, as many collegiates will be racing against local pros.  This year will be no different – on the entry listing, we spied Rachel Sorna (10k – recently joined New Balance Boston), Greta Feldman (1500m), Liz Costello (1500m), Abbey D’Agostino (1500m), Megan Krumpoch (1500m), and Emmaline Berg (shot put).  This action will take place on Saturday, starting at 3pm.

Need track action sooner?  How about tonight? We saw 10 Ivy alumni listed in the entry sheets for the Hoka One One Mid-Distance Classic that will take place tonight at Occidential College in California.  In the 1500m, there’s Steve Mangan, Joe Stilin, Matt Miner, Kyle Merber, and Morgan Uceny.  The steeplechase will feature Henry Sterling and Ashley Higginon, while the 5000m will include Dan Lowry, Donn Cabral, and Alexi Pappas.  The action will kick off at 9:15pm ET and you can stream the event for free through USATF.tv starting at 8:50pm ET.

Meanwhile, if you need more track and field action to fill in your voids this weekend, the IAAF Diamond League will start tomorrow with the Doha Athletics Meeting, followed by the Shanghai Athletics Meeting on Sunday.  Unfortunately, there won’t be any members of HepsNation competing at these two events, but we still highly recommend you follow those meets as we guarantee it will be exciting as athletes will be looking to qualify for this summer’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing.

So, shall we begin?

photo by Mary Hui

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