HANOVER, N.H. - For those in attendance Saturday at Boston University's Track and Tennis Center there will be an unusual sight on the infield and on the track during the Jay Carisella Invite hosted by Northeastern.
The Dartmouth women's indoor track & field team will begin its 2012-13 season at the meet. It will be odd to see the Big Green competing that day because the team has always begun its season in January with the Dartmouth Relays.
However, because of the new Dartmouth academic calendar, the team was able to add two more meets to its schedule this year starting with Saturday's events in Boston (they also compete next Saturday at Rhode Island).
"It's an exciting and new change for us," head coach Sandy Ford-Centonze said. "The addition of the two new meets will help us gauge where we are early on and what we need to do to prepare for the championship season later on.
"We plan on having nearly 60 student-athletes here during the break where they used to be home. Having them here, working with the coaches and staff will help everyone stay focused on training and getting better every day."
Junior Megan Krumpoch should continue to lead the Green in both the 60HH as well as the 400 meters. As a sophomore, Krumpoch took third in the 400 meters at indoor Heps, earning six points for her team as she ran a 56.46 in the finals. She also is part of the team's 4x400-meter relay team.
Fellow junior Janae Dunchack claimed her second straight Heps Indoor Pentathlon crown as she scored 3,733 points. First-place finishes in both the 60-meter hurdles and the long jump helped the then-sophomore lock up her second individual indoor title in as many years.
Ford-Centonze is excited to see what freshman Mollie Gribbin would bring to the team this year. The first-year runner from South Burlington, Vt., will compete in both sprints and jumps for the Big Green.
Jennifer Meech is another runner that should make an immediate impact as a freshman. Coming to Hanover by way of Truto, Nova Scotia, Meech will help the group of sprinters as the Green and White look to make a splash in 2012-13.
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.