Bringing Out the Big Guns

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We have less than one month to go until Indoor Heps (really? already? where has the winter gone?) and now, it’s time to start showing off some of the bigger guns.

The end of January has traditionally been when athletes are starting to come out with the national qualifying performances – or attempting to make the cut anyways.  They have occurred at some major invitationals – such as the Boston University Terrier Classic or the Penn State National Invitational – or at smaller venues where the tracks are just as speedy – like at Navy’s Wesley A Brown Invitational, the NYC Armory, or the new Ocean Breeze Track & Field Facility on Staten Island.

So where will the Ivy Leaguers be this weekend?

The BU Terrier Classic has always been a big draw for Ivy Leaguers – undergraduates and graduates – and this year it will not be any different.  Brown, Cornell, and Dartmouth athletes are bringing their A-teams to Boston, where we see many competitive events just based on the entry lists (check out Lancer Timing’s website for entries, as well as schedule and live results).  We also spied many alumni among the entries – Megan Krumpoch, Jesse Carlin, Abbey D’Agostino, Morgan Uceny, Liz Costello, Steve Mangan, Dan Lowry, Joe Stilin, John Schilkowsky, Henry Sterling, and Jordan Mann to name a few.  Action starts today at 2pm with the women’s events (all except the DMR – which will be contested first thing at Saturday 11am), while the men will be the focus on Saturday (except the DMR, which closes the Friday competition).

Columbia and a select group of Cornellians will be heading to Pennsylvania to compete at the Penn State National meet on Friday.  Based on the heat sheets, this meet is going to produce some fast collegiate middle distance times.  The PSU National meet will start today at noon and continues on Saturday at 11am.  If you have a FloPro account through Flotrack.org, you will be able to watch the meet (unfortunately, it is not a free account).  Live results will be available through PSU’s sports’ website.

But the highlight of the weekend – in my personal opinion – is going to be on Staten Island where the Ivy League will completely take it over.  The Harvard-Yale-Princeton tri-meet will be held in this team-neutral location (although according to various schedules, it’s being hosted by Princeton) on Friday starting at 2pm.  Ivy League scored battles are always intense affairs, so if you have the opportunity to attend, please do!  Live results will be available through the facility’s website (see Results tab along the top at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex), but each of the teams have pretty active social media accounts (like on Twitter or Instagram) so we recommend looking there for updates.

Other weekend action includes:

  • After taking an unplanned weekend off due to the snowstorm, Penn will be back in action at the Navy Wesley A Brown Invitational on Saturday at 9:30am.
  • Cornell will be hosting the Kane Invitational on their Barton Hall facility on Saturday starting at 10am.
  • Columbia will be keeping a contingent of athletes in New York City to participate in the Ramapo Indoor Select Meet at the Armory.  Action starts on Saturday at 9am.
  • Dartmouth is scheduled to send a crew over to the University of New Hampshire Home Meet on Saturday afternoon.

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