HANOVER, N.H. – Leverone Field House has played host to three meets already this season, but this weekend’s Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track & Field Championship is the biggest.
Teams from seven other programs across the Ivy League will join the Dartmouth men and women for a two-day meet inside the Big Green’s home facility.
Things get underway Saturday morning with field events kicking off the weekend in Hanover. As the day progresses, trial heats on the track as well as both pentathlon (women) and heptathlon (men) events will be taking place under the intricate pattern of triangles that make up Leverone’s recognizable roof.
Sunday will see not only the conclusion of the men’s multis, but also the finals in more than 20 different events between the men and women.
On the men’s side, there are high hopes for senior Will Geoghegan. The top miler in the Ivy League, his program record 3:58.04 at BU in late January ranks as the seventh-best time in the nation this season.
But it’s not just Geoghegan in the distance events who will look to leave their mark and score points for the Green and White. Steve Mangan (4:00.52), John Bleday (4:00.69) and Tim Gorman (4:01.64) all have times in the mile that rank in the top-10 among Ivy League runners.
Dylan O’Sullivan and Brian Masterston should also add depth and points to Dartmouth’s total in the 5000m, posting strong performances in the event to this point in the season.
In the sprints, expectations are that sophomore John Abraham can qualify for the finals and score in the 60m, with freshman Alex Frye doing the same in the 60m hurdles. Senior Jalil Bishop, running in his final indoor Heps, will most likely compete in the 400m in addition to one of the team’s relay races on Sunday.
Throwers John Beering (shot put), TJ Servino (weight throw) and Tim Brennan (weight throw) all have top-20 marks this season among competitors from around the Ancient Eight and will look to score in front of their home crowd.
Inside the track, look for senior Josh Cyphers to continue to build on his strong final indoor season in the pole vault as he and the rest of the Big Green strive to move up from last year’s sixth-place finish at Harvard.
Fans unable to make it out to Leverone this weekend will have the opportunity to follow along with all the action as the Ivy League will broadcast Sunday’s finals from 12 p.m. through the awards ceremony live on the Ivy League Digital Network. Current subscribers to the network will have access to the live HD broadcast, while those currently without a subscription have a variety of packages to choose from at http://www.ivyleaguedigitalnetwork.com/packages.
In addition to the video stream, Lancer Timing will provide live, updating results throughout the weekend on its website: http://www.lancertiming.com/