By: Pat Salvas
HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth Relays is always the highlight of the indoor track & field schedule. But this weekend, the annual meet will take on an even higher level of importance.
The 50th Dartmouth Relays will kick off Friday afternoon inside Leverone Field House and continue through late Sunday afternoon with the collegiate meet.
Created in 1969 by then-coach Ken Weinbel and his assistant and Dartmouth track staple Carl Wallin, the meet has been a fixture on the team’s mid-season schedule ever since.
Now, one of the biggest indoor meets held on the east coast, more than 2000 athletes of all levels will participate over the three days of competition. One of the most inclusive and wide-ranging fields of competition, the Dartmouth relays boasts high schoolers, collegians, a master’s division, open and unattached individuals and youngsters in the Grafton County 1-lapper (9 and under).
This year will see the high school portion of the meet on Friday and Saturday streamed live by FloTrack, while Sunday’s collegiate meet will be carried live on ESPN+.
Several prominent Dartmouth alumni will be in Hanover for the weekend as part of the Golden Anniversary. President of USA Track & Field and former Dartmouth coach Vin Lananna as well as 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist Gerry Ashworth ’63 are just some of the notable former Big Green alums in attendance.
On Saturday, US Olympic Gold Medalist in the 110m hurdles at the 2012 London Games Aries Merritt will be at the meet, talking to young and aspiring track & field athletes and to sign autographs.
During Sunday’s meet, there will be a ‘Celebration of the 50th’ with all Dartmouth alumni present invited to take a lap around the track to commemorate the historic milestone.
The only home meet of the indoor season for the Dartmouth men’s and women’s teams, Sunday’s events kick off at 10:30 a.m. The Grafton County 1-Lapper is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. and will be followed by the ‘Celebration of the 50th.’ The high school meet begins Friday at 4 p.m. and then again on Saturday morning at 9 a.m.
The Dartmouth women are seeking their ninth straight win at the event, claiming first in every Relays dating back to 2011. The men’s team finished second at last year’s meet, snapping a six-year stretch of domination at the Dartmouth Relays.
Lancer Timing will once again be the official timer of the Dartmouth Relays. It’s website will provide live, updating results throughout the three days. A complete schedule of events and meet information can be found in the links above.