This will be the last major indoor track & field weekend of competition before we enter the championship season. Some outlets are calling this weekend “The Greatest Weekend in Track & Field”, but we disagree – Indoor Heps is THE greatest weekend in indoor track & field, while Outdoor Heps takes the outdoor season title. D’uh! But Valentine’s Day weekend has traditionally been a weekend of NCAA qualification performances with a touch of record breakers all around, so it’s a great weekend to love track & field.
The half of the Ivies – Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard, and Yale – will be flocking to Boston today and tomorrow to participate in the Boston University Valentine’s Invitational. This meet is going to be LOADED. Just check out the entry lists on LancerTiming.com (see the right side of the homepage) and if you have been following the NCAA national scene, you can tell that the track is going to be on fire. Flotrack has called out the men’s 800m, women’s mile, men’s mile, women’s 3,000m, and men’s 3,000m as must-see events to follow (and they call out some Ivy undergrads and alumni in their little meet preview). Flotrack will be streaming the meet through their FloTrackPro subscription service if you wish to watch the meet, but you can follow the meet through LancerTiming’s live results. Action begins today at 1:20pm with the men’s distance medley relay and continues through tomorrow.
The other half of the conference will be returning to Staten Island. Columbia, Cornell, Penn, and Princeton will return to the Ocean Breeze Athletic Facility for the Fastrack National Elite Invitational. This meet is not a slouch of a meet by any means as the track is fast and the competition will be talented as well (featuring a number of nationally ranked teams like Virginia, Penn State, and Villanova). The meet is today only, starting at 12:30pm. Live results can be found here once the meet has begun.
Cornell and Harvard will be splitting up their squads this weekend. Harvard’s top distance runners are off to Washington for the Husky Invitational while select sprinters and throwers are in New Mexico for the Don Kirby Elite Invitational. Meanwhile, Cornell will be hosting their Sunday Invitational on Sunday and will feature a number of other track & field programs from the northern New York region.
Another weekend highlight will also occur on Saturday – the USA Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles, Calif. From my research, at least 17 members of HepsNation – including Princeton undergrad Megan Curham – are among the accepted entries and will race on Saturday afternoon (men at 1:06pm ET, women at 1:22pm ET). The top three in each race will qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio. You can watch the meet on TV on NBC. The HepsNation entries as we know it are below (let us know if we have missed anyone):