HANOVER, N.H. – Members of the Dartmouth track & field programs just missed Wednesday’s snowstorm, getting on the bus before the large flakes began to accumulate and headed south to Boston.
The group of seven student-athletes and three coaches arrived at Logan Airport, checked-in and boarded their plane bound for Albuquerque, N.M., and this weekend’s 2014 NCAA Indoor National Championship.
The meet is hosted by the University of New Mexico inside the Albuquerque Convention Center and will begin Friday night and continue through Saturday evening.
Representing the Big Green in the ‘Land of Enchantment’ will be two members of the men’s team and five from the women’s program.
Steve Mangan and Will Geoghegan qualified for the mile and will both run in the second preliminary heat of the semifinal round Friday night at 8 p.m. ET. Geoghegan’s Dartmouth-record time of 3:58.04 is the seventh-best mark in the event this season. Mangan punched his ticket to New Mexico by winning the mile at Heps in Hanover two weeks ago in a time that converted from 4:01.69 to a 3:58.65.
The final in the men’s mile is set for 8 p.m. ET on Saturday evening.
The women will see two individuals competing in addition to the distance medley relay (DMR) team. Both Abbey D'Agostino and Megan Krumpoch will run solo events, while Krumpoch will also join Elizabeth Markowitz, Dana Giordano, and Jennifer Meech in the DMR.
D’Agostino will look to become the first women ever to win both the 3000m and 5000m in consecutive seasons. Last year in Arkansas, the then-junior won the two events on consecutive days, becoming the first American woman ever to accomplish the indoor distance double in a career, let alone one weekend.
The senior and Topsfield, Mass., native’s first shot at a sixth-career national championship will be in the 5000 on Friday night at 10:45 p.m. ET. She will run again in the 3000 final Saturday night at 9:55 p.m.
D’Agostino owns the top qualifying time nationally in both events this season with an 8:51.91 in the 3000 and a 15:40.55 in the 5000.
Krumpoch will be making her NCAA Championship solo debut in the prelims of the women’s 800m on Friday night at 9:55 p.m. EST. If she were to advance out of her semifinal heat, Krumpoch would run again in Saturday’s final at 9:30 p.m. ET.
As a sophomore, the native of Shrewsbury, Mass., was part of a third-place finish in the DMR for the Big Green during the 2012 NCAA indoor meet held in Boise.
She will once again represent Dartmouth in the relay event in 2014 along with Meech, Markowitz and Giordano. The team’s best time of 11:02.21 set back in late January is seeded ninth nationally. The women’s DMR is Friday’s final event and is scheduled to begin at 11:30 p.m. ET.
The entire weekend in Albuquerque will be streamed live online on ESPN3. Friday will begin at 7:55 p.m. ET, while Saturday will go live at 7:50 p.m. ET.
Coverage will also be shown on ESPNU Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET with a tape-delayed airing of the previous day’s action.
All times listed here are Eastern, while official schedules and heat sheets from the NCAA are listed using Mountain Time, two hours behind.