Another National Championship

A dozen members of the Heps Nation will be competing at the USA Track & Field Indoor Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center in New Mexico this weekend and several have a shot at competing during the live NBC Sports Network window on Sunday (5:30 pm to 7:30 pm Eastern).

Princeton graduate Tom Hopkins, representing ABEO and the Santa Barbara Track Club, will get things started in the heptathlon on Friday and Saturday.

Four other Leaguers will run in Saturday’s preliminary rounds with the hope of advancing to Sunday finals. Princeton alums Russell Dinkins (NYAC) and Cecilia Barowski (Hoka NJ NY TC) will run the 600, the women’s at 8:20 pm Eastern and the men at 9:02 pm Eastern. If they advance, both will run in the final during the television window. Two others — Dartmouth’s Megan Krumpoch (New Balance) and Harvard’s Paige Kouba (Cambridge-Boston TC) — will run in the 1,000 meters at 7:16 pm Eastern on Saturday with hopes to qualify for Sunday (also in the television window).  Harvard’s Bill Looney (Central Park TC) will also race the 1,000 meters on Saturday night – 7:40 pm Eastern – with hopes of making it into the Sunday finals during the television window.

Cornell’s Max Hairston (unattached) will compete early Sunday in the 60-meter hurdles and could advance to the finals slated for 7:04 pm that evening.

That leaves six others who are guaranteed to compete in the NBC Sports Network window. For the men, Columbia’s Kyle Merber (Hoka NJ NY TC) and John Gregorek (ASICS) will join Dartmouth’s Steve Mangan (NE Distance) in the national championship mile run on Sunday at 5:36 pm Eastern.

Cornell graduate Rachel Sorna Schilkowsky (rabbit) will be racing in the two-mile run an hour later while two field eveners from Dartmouth — Kaitlin Whitehorn (unattached) and Emmaline Berg (Shore AC) — will begin their competition at 3:30 pm. Whitehorn will be high jumping while Berg will be putting the shot.

Nine of the 12 won individual Indoor Heps titles while in college.

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