HANOVER, N.H. – Leverone Field House will once again be the hot spot for track & field competition in the Northeast this weekend as the 45th Annual Dartmouth Relays presented by New Balance kick-off Friday, Jan. 10 and run through Sunday, Jan. 12.
One of the region’s biggest meets of the season, the Dartmouth Relays is once again a large collection of high school, club, professional and collegiate athletes inside the historic indoor venue.
The Big Green and other collegiate student-athletes will compete mostly on Sunday with high school events dominating Friday and Saturday. In addition to the collegians, Sunday will also see several masters (30 years and older) events take place throughout.
After more than a decade, Leverone’s 200-meter track was resurfaced this past summer as Recaflex sport rubber was installed. The new material is the top-of-the-line technology in surface installation and is designed to minimalize injuries and insure the safety of all runners in competition and training by directing the maximum force applied by the athlete in the direction of propulsion, while returning minimal shock to the body.
Hanover-based Weinbel Sports Corporation installed the new material in Leverone. Ken Weinbel, former Dartmouth track & field head coach and the founder of the Dartmouth Relays four and a half decades ago, started the company that has become one of the world’s foremost experts in track installations.
This year’s meet will begin Friday at 11 a.m. with the men’s pentathlon, a new event added for 2014. High schoolers will then take over that afternoon and dominate the schedule of events through Saturday evening.
The final day will see teams from Boston College, UMass Lowell, Harvard and others compete against the hosts from Dartmouth. The Crimson will bring a large contingent as they get a feel for the new track and prepare for the 2014 Ivy League Heptagonal Championship that will take place in Hanover the first weekend in March.
The Big Green will see recent cross country All-American Will Geoghegan of the men’s team race in the 3000 and mile on the final day of competition. Former NCAA Champion at Liberty, now professional, Sam Chelenga will run in the mile, seeking to set a new meet record in the event.
With Dartmouth already boasting two of the top distance teams in the nation, the Relays are one of the first avenues to highlight a talented group of sprinters and middle-distance runners, including senior Megan Krumpoch and sophomore Edward Wagner.
In two meets early this season, the Big Green have seen strong showings from field athletes as well, most notably from the senior Josh Cyphers in the pole vault and sophomore Kaitlin Whitehorn in the high jump.
Additionally, a wealth of talented throwers from both the men's and women's teams will have their chance to compete in front of a home crowd on Sunday morning.
A highlight of the event is always the Grafton County 1-Lapper, which is tentatively set for 1 p.m. on Sunday and features local youth (up to age 9) getting a chance to run on the track.
Admission each day for the Dartmouth Relays is $8 for adults and $5 for individuals 18 and under.