HANOVER, N.H. - Saturday marks the start of the season for the Dartmouth men's indoor track & field team. The Big Green head to the Boston University Track and Tennis Center for the Jay Carisella Invite, an event hosted by Northeastern.
With the new academic schedule in place this year, the Big Green's student-athletes will compete in two more events this December as they will also travel to Rhode Island for a multi-event meet next Saturday.
"It's nice to take advantage of this period where we used to be studying and preparing for finals," head coach Barry Harwick said. "Now we are able to practice and get ready for the season better and get into two more meets that we were unable to in the past.
"Having this time gives the coaches more one-on-one interactions with student-athletes in a period where they used to be home, getting ready on their own. Everyone is together training against one another, which is much better than how we used to do things."
Look for junior John Bleday to bounce back after being injured this fall to continue his strong indoor showing from a season ago. Bleday won the individual Heps title in the 3,000 meters last February at Cornell, tracking down two competitors in front of him in the final 20 meters to take the crown by 12-hundredths of a second.
Another runner looking to bounce back from injury will be senior Phil Royer, who missed all of indoor and outdoor seasons as a junior recovering from a foot ailment. His cross country successes this fall should serve as a good indicator that Royer is back and ready to go, earning First Team All-Ivy with a sixth-place showing at Heps in late October.
In the sprints, senior Connor Reilly will focus most of his indoor season on the 60 meters. There is a high likelihood that Reilly will occasionally run the 200 meters, but that will mainly serve him in his preparation for outdoor season.
Brett Buskey will be the team's top 200-meter runner during indoor season. Like Reilly, the sophomore will occasionally dabble in other events, such as the 60m, but his time is going to be predominantly spent working on perfecting the 200. The event will not be run at this year's Heps in February, but will make its first appearance in next season's indoor championship after years of coaches' petitions.
Expect strong first seasons from freshmen John Abraham and Edward Wagner. Both were state champions from their respective hometowns and should make great strides in both short and long sprints their first year in Hanover.
In the hurdles, there are high hopes for senior Jacob Evanter. His two best performances in the 60HH came at Leverone early in January. He should be one of the runners most positively affected by the new early additions to the schedule.
Saturday is set to get underway at 9:30 a.m. from BU's indoor facility. The meet is named for the late Jay Carisella, a former member of the Northeastern track team that passed away following an automobile accident in 2007.