With the end of the collegiate season, the athletes will shift their focus on other national championships – the ones that USA Track & Field (USATF) can provide to American athletes.
The Junior Nationals will commence tomorrow and run through Sunday – the full schedule is available here. According to the “Status of Entries” page, student-athletes from Brown, Columbia, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Yale will represent the Ivy League in Clovis, Calif. this weekend. We are also expecting for some incoming freshmen to participate at this meet, which will provide a preview of what to expect on the Ivy circuit next season. Follow the meet through USATF.tv as they will provide a webstream for +PLUS subscribers throughout the entire weekend.
Meanwhile, Franklin Field will host the Club National Championships on Saturday (schedule here). In years past, many HepsNation alumni have extended their athletic careers through club teams and have done well on the national stage. For example, Dartmouth alumna Emmaline Berg won two national titles at this meet last year and she will be looking to defend them this weekend, while Cornell alums Stephen Mozia and Montez Blair helped their club team to a national title in 2013. Entries can be found here. Leone Timing will be reporting the meet results while we will focus on HepsNation results recaps.
But of course, the aim for any athlete is to make the Olympic Trials – for Team USA, that chance to make the team will start on June 30th and go until July 10th out in Eugene, Ore (schedule). We will provide a deeper dive into the HepsNation Trials qualifiers next week.
But regardless of nationality, there will be plenty of track & field action these next few weeks as athletes will be striving towards the Olympic Games qualifying standards as the qualification window closes on July 11th. We will share who makes the Olympic qualification or gets selected for their respective national teams, so stay tuned.