2013 Dartmouth Track & Field European Trip Updates
June 12 We arrived in Dublin yesterday, Tuesday morning, more than a little sleep deprived. After checking into Jacobs Inn we all walked over to see historic Trinity College. Many of us walked around campus and then went inside the library to see the Book of Kells exhibit. We all noticed the grass track on campus, not quite the same as urethane.
We all practiced this morning and everyone was much more energetic after a good night's sleep. The distance crew ran along the Liffey river to Phoenix Park where they did a fartlek session running by monuments as well as herds of deer. The sprinters and field event athletes went to Fairview Park to get in some exercise. They are eager to get to Limerick to get back on a real track and field facility.
We have the rest of today and tomorrow morning in Dublin before we head to Limerick.
- Barry Harwick ’77
June 14 We have moved from Dublin to the second stop on our tour, the University of Limerick.
Dublin was very popular, one of the most favorite sites to visit was St. Patrick's cathedral. Check out the photos of the coaches and the women's distance runners.
Grafton street in Dublin is also a well know destination. I was fortunate enough to meet a leprechaun while he was there.
The University of Limerick is very modern, only 40 years old, and the River Shannon runs through the middle of it. Kate Sullivan took the photo of the river from her dorm room.
Ireland is certainly very green this time of year. The steady rain we had today probably helped with that but it made for a very soggy practice. The University of Limerick hosted the team for a barbeque this evening, moved inside due to the weather. It was a great opportunity for the Brown and Dartmouth teams to unify and also to meet some of the athletes from Limerick. Karoke and Irish line dancing were included in the festivities.
June 19 "Our last day in Ireland was was terrible in regard to weather, we had a cold rain the entire meet in Limerick. It was also a wonderful day in other ways. First, we won the meet. The University of Limerick did not announce the final scores, but they were gracious enough to declare us as winners. The Dartmouth-Brown team was particularly dominant on the men's side as we won virtually every event.
In the evening, we were treated to a formal dinner at a very nice hotel near campus. The vice-president of the University of Limerick spoke along with some of the meet organizers. I spoke for our delegation and thanked everyone for all of their hospitality and friendship. They clearly want us to return in four years.
Our trip to England was smooth. St. Mary's University College is in a London suburb called Twickenham. They have a state-of-the-art track facility on their campus. Several countries, including Ireland, South Africa and China used this as their home base during last year's London Olympics.
Last evening, some students from St. Mary's organized a sports trivia game for the team. It was a fun evening and gave the students a chance to meet each other.
Today, we took a day trip to visit Oxford. Our first stop was the Iffley Road Track where Roger Bannister broke four-minute mile for the first time. We also toured a variety of Oxford's colleges and museums.
Our meet with St. Mary's will take place on Thursday evening, starting at 6:30 p.m. London time."
On Thursday night, the team was back in action at St. Mary's University College in Twickenham, just outside London.
Like they had at Limerick, Dartmouth and Brown formed one team to compete at the dual meet.
Highlights of this day for the Big Green included Birck in the high jump once again (2.08m), Silas Talbot in the men’s 800m (1:51:23), Kaitlin Whitehorn in the women’s 100m (12.33), and Will Geoghegan in the 1500 (3:44.88).
The men’s javelin field also saw Dartmouth claim the top three spots as Brett Gilson (67.32), Budzinski (62.41m) and Jacob Shippee (60.01m) put together a solid showing in the event.
Check back with DartmouthSports.com as the Big Green continue their journey through England and Ireland.