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The Big Green in Eugene, Day 4: Championship Friday

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John Bleday stretches in the hotel parking lot Friday morning in preparation of his race...     By Pat Salvas

EUGENE, Oregon – Though the attention may be more squarely on Dartmouth’s participation in Saturday’s 5000m women’s final, Friday is also a race day for three members of the Big Green at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Senior Megan Krumpoch will kick things off in the women’s 800m final at 5:25 p.m. local time (8:25 p.m. ET). Krumpoch advanced by taking fourth in her heat — the fastest of the day — Wednesday afternoon, securing the final at-large spot in the final with a 2:04.91.

Following Krumpoch’s race will be senior John Bleday and sophomore Curtis King in the men’s 5000m national final at 6:10 p.m. local time (9:10 p.m. ET).

Fans can tune in to watch both races live on ESPNU with coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Bleday and King have yet to compete in Eugene and used Friday morning as one final chance to prepare for this evening’s championship race. Rather than head out on the trails with their coaches like they had the previous days here, the two went out by themselves for a short 15-20 minute run in the neighborhoods around our hotel in Springfield.

Once back, the two retreated to their room for rest, the World Cup on TV and even some homework. Though he graduated Sunday from Dartmouth, Bleday is already enrolled in an accounting workshop at Boston College as part of his graduate school, a workshop that began Monday morning in Chestnut Hill. Despite Friday being the final day of his career as a Big Green student-athlete and with the biggest race just hours away, Bleday is also thinking about a midnight deadline of his first assignment at BC.

For Krumpoch, Friday is also the final race of her collegiate career. And like Bleday, she is treating it like any other race, going out for a light run, working with The Marjorie and Herbert Chase ’30 Head Coach of Women’s Track & Field Sandy Ford-Centonze on some light drills and a final round of stretching.

Senior Abbey D'Agostino and sophomore Dana Giordano prepared for Saturday’s 5000m women’s final by running with assistant coaches Mark Coogan and Scott Phelps as well Dartmouth alum Alexi Pappas ’12 on Pre’s Trail. The men’s group had run there yesterday, but the women’s distance assembly found their way there on Friday for the final long workout of the week, putting in nearly five miles before a cool down afterward.

The trip to Hayward will be made in three groups with Krumpoch, Ford-Centonze and Phelps leaving first, while The Marjorie and Herbert Chase ’30 Head Coach of Men’s Track & Field Barry Harwick ’77, Bleday and King following an hour later. D’Agostino, Giordano and Coogan will make up the final trio headed over to Hayward Field to cheer on Friday night’s competing runners.


Ford-Centonze, Krumpoch and Phelps arrive first at Hayward Field ready for the 8:25 p.m. ET race.

- Pat Salvas, Assistant Director of Varsity Athletics Communications