Get your passports ready, as we have a lot of international travel coming up these next few weeks. Three Ivy squads are not turning in their school uniforms quite yet as these teams will be representing their schools, the Ivy League, and the USA on some international athletic tours. In the process, they are either making history or adding their names to a historic series.
This June marks the latest installment of the Harvard/Yale Transatlantic series with Oxford and Cambridge, as the Crimson and the Bulldogs are travelling over to Ireland and England for a two-week tour around those countries. The series began in 1895 and have generally occurred every 2 years (there was a pause during 1911 to 1921 due to World War I). The American rival teams will be training and competing as one — the line-up was determined during the outdoor Harvard-Yale meet held in early April — as they spend time at the University of Limerick (Ireland), University of Birmingham, Cambridge University, and Oxford University. They will compete on Saturday, June 20th against the University of Ireland and Irish Select Teams, and again on Monday, June 29th in the historical Oxford/Cambridge dual, which is hosted by Oxford this year. Additional details on the trip and how to follow the action are available through Yale’s Athletics website.
Meanwhile, Princeton is en route to making history as they trek to Cuba today, becoming the first major Division 1 program to travel there since the long-standing embargo was relaxed late last year. “Peter [Farrell] and I have been working on this for a year-and-a-half,” said Fred Samara. “We started long before relations began to evolve.” A total of 68 athletes will be making the historic trip. The Tigers will be in the country for nine days and competing twice in “friendlies” against local track groups on Thursday, June 18th, and Saturday, June 20th. Further details are available through Princeton’s Athletics website. Princeton previously made international history back in 2007 when their trip was to China, becoming the first American university team compete in that country.
Of course, there will be plenty of other international items this summer but they are more on the professional level. The goal for many athletes will be the IAAF World Championships in late August, where track and field returns to the Beijing Birdcage. Team selections will be announced throughout the summer, but Team USA will be determined later this month at the USATF Outdoor National Championships. Eugene will be hosting the meet from June 25th to 28th. It should be noted that the USATF Junior Outdoor National Championships will be held at the same time and same venue. Meanwhile, other athletes will be aiming for great showings at other international meets, such as the SPAR European Team Championships in Cheboksary, Russia and Heraklion, Greece on June 20th and 21st; and the Pan-American Games in Toronto, Canada on July 10th to 26th. We will share links to more events as we learn if any HepsNation members are on the entry lists.