HANOVER, N.H. - The 44th annual Dartmouth Relays get underway Friday afternoon at Leverone Field House.

One of the oldest continuing indoor track meets in the Northeast, the Dartmouth Relays is the program's quintessential event year in and year out.

The 2013 incarnation of the meet is set to run from Friday, Jan. 11 through Sunday, Jan. 13 inside the region's premier indoor facility and will feature high school, college and club teams as well as a Masters division across the three days.

The Dartmouth men and women will square off with competitors representing teams from all over New England as both programs look to defend titles won last January. This season marks the 12th straight time that the Big Green's signature event will feature team scoring.

Hundreds of high school athletes from all across the state and region will kick the weekend off Friday at 3 p.m. and continue through Saturday evening. Field events are the first events on the docket for the high schoolers before the middle day sees a healthy dose of events on the track.

For the high school milers, Saturday afternoon's two races (3:25 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.) will also feature an added bonus for the winners. The champion of both the boys' and girls' race will automatically qualify for a spot at the Invitational High School Miles at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston on Feb. 2.

The New Balance event is the city's largest annual track event and features some of the top track athletes from around the world.

A change in the schedule from previous years has the Masters races taking place on both Saturday and Sunday this time around. However, the first day of competition for those in this division features just the men's and women's weight throw, while Sunday morning will have a more complete schedule of events.

Early Sunday morning will not only see the conclusion of the Masters division, but also the start of the collegiate and open races.

The preliminary rounds and semifinals of track events will get the final day of the weekend started early Sunday before the finals and distance events take place in the afternoon. The field events will get started for the college student-athletes mid-morning with the shot put and pole vault set for 11 a.m. starts.

The famous Grafton County 1-Lapper that allows local children to run the track inside Leverone is scheduled for a 12:25 p.m. start time.

Event times are subject to slight changes due to delays on the track throughout competition.

DartmouthSports.com will feature comprehensive coverage of the 44th Annual Dartmouth Relays throughout the weekend with results and coverage posted daily.

For the first time in program history, the Big Green men's and women's teams will not be making their season debut at the Dartmouth Relays. Both squads took advantage of the new academic calendar to get two meets on the schedule in early December.

After back-to-back weekends in Boston to start the 2012-13 indoor season, the Dartmouth men and women's teams will be back in Hanover for the first of two home meets this season (Dartmouth Classic on Feb. 2) this weekend, with collegiate races set for Sunday.

Please check not only with DartmouthSports.com, but also Lancer Timing, for updated results as they happen.

Admission to the Dartmouth Relays is just $8 for adults and $5 for youths (ages 3-14). Fans can order tickets in advance by visiting or calling the Dartmouth Athletics ticket office, Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (603) 646-2466 or by ordering online.