2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Preview
EUGENE, Ore. -- All of the record 34 Ivy League
track and field athletes are in Eugene, Ore., getting ready for the
2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which will go from
ESPN will provide exclusive coverage of the NCAAs. ESPN3 will carry the first two days on Wednesday, June 11, and Thursday, June 12, at 6:55 p.m. ET each day. ESPNU will televise the final two days, Friday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 14, at 5 p.m. Sam Gore and Larry Rawson call the action and Jill Montgomery will be the reporter. The entire championship is available on WatchESPN.
The highlight on the women’s side will be the 5K, which will take place on Saturday at 3:24 p.m. ET. That race will include the two-time defending NCAA champion, Dartmouth senior Abbey D’Agostino, as well as her Big Green teammate sophomore Dana Giordano and Columbia junior Waverly Neer.
Princeton sophomore Julia Ratcliffe leads the nation in the hammer throw and looks to win her first national title after placing 11th at NCAAs a season ago. Crimson teammates Autumne Franklin and Jade Miller will run together in the 400mH, while Penn sophomore Kelsey Hay and Harvard junior Hannah Mayer will each take part in the javelin. The 800m will also feature a pair of Ivies in Dartmouth senior Megan Krumpoch and Crimson junior Erika Veidis.
For the men, Cornell senior Montez Blair and Penn senior Maalik Reynolds will renew their rivalry in the high jump in Eugene. The two went 1-2 at the Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Championships with Reynolds taking the crown. Blair's teammate Stephen Mozia will take part in two events at NCAAs, the shot put and the discus.
Three Ivies will run in the 5K in Dartmouth teammates Curtis King and John Bleday and Harvard sophomore Tom Purnell, while Crimson senior James Leakos and Princeton senior Chris Bendtsen are among the competitors in the 10K. Brown junior Henry Tufnell and Columbia senior Harry McFann will each run in the 800m, Penn sophomore Sam Mattis will join Mozia in the discus and Harvard freshman Efe Uwaifo and Princeton senior Damon McLean will compete in the triple jump.