Ivy Dots NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The Ivy League will send
13 student-athletes to the NCAA Indoor Track & Field
Championships, to be held March 8-9 on the campus of the University
of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.
Harvard, which won the 2013 Ivy League Heptagonal Women’s Track & Field Championship, will send three athletes in junior Adabelle Ekechukwu (weight throw, freshman Martina Salander (pentathlon) and sophomore Erika Veidis (800m).
Ekechukwu won her second-straight Ivy weight throw title with a League-record toss of 68-4 ¼, while Salander set the all-time Ivy mark in the pentathlon in with a score of 4,094 at the Texas A&M Mondo Challenge on Jan. 25. Her mark ranks eighth in the nation. Veidis, meanwhile, waited until the last second – actually, the Armory Last Chance Meet, to clinch a berth to NCAAs, running the 800m with a time of 2:05.70, second-fastest in Harvard history.
Dartmouth junior Abbey D’Agostino will compete in two events at the NCAA Championships: the 3,000m and the 5,000m. She ranks first in the former with a time of 8:55.41 and sixth in the latter with a time of 15:47.02. The 2013 Ivy League Female Track Most Outstanding Performer will be looking for her second NCAA title after winning the outdoor 5,000m last season.
Among the other runners D’Agostino will be competing against in the 5,000m will be Cornell junior Rachel Sorna, who placed second in the event at the Ivy League Indoor Championships behind D’Agostino with a time of 15:56.63.
Cornell won the 2013 Ivy League Championship on the men’s side and will send two to Nationals in junior Montez Blair (high jump) and sophomore Stephen Mozia (shot put). Blair ranks fourth in the high jump this season with a mark of 7-5 ¼ that he set at the Upstate Challenge in January. Last season he tied for ninth in the event at NCAAs. Mozia ranks fifth in the shot put with a throw of 65-3 ¼, also set at the Upstate Challenge. He looks to better his 16th-place finish from a year ago.
Princeton, which finished second behind Cornell by only a point in the Ivy League Indoor Championships, will send its distance medley relay team of junior Michael Williams and seniors Austin Hollimon, Russell Dinkins and Peter Callahan as well as its three-time League triple jump champion in junior Damon McLean.
The Tigers’ DMR squad has the second-best time in the nation, as their 9:27.74 trails only Penn State’s time of 9:26.60. McLean looks to improve upon his eighth-place showing from a year ago;
ESPN3 will stream the meet live on March 8 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. ET and March 9 from 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. ET. A tape delay of the championship will air Sunday, March 17 from 7 p.m.-9:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU.